Wall-E: Movie Night and Family Fun Follow-up Activities
Make some weekend plans with Wall- E and the kids!
When was the last time you danced around the yard with your kids or held hands while strolling through the park? It’s time to get up from your seat and head out for some family fun this weekend. Your “directive” is to enjoy some quality time after the show!
Download or re-watch Disney and Pixar’s film, Wall-E, on family night. It’s outta this world, but it’s message will hit close to home. On the weekend, munch a quick and healthy lunch (recipe follows). Make sure to leave time afterward for holding hands and recharging with solar energy and family focused fun at the park with these recharged ideas!
LUNCH TIME: Lido Deck Lunch Buffet
Prepare lunch before going out to play. It will give time for the items to chill and set for a “cool” meal after some fun in the sun.
- Eggs a la Eve: In the movie, Eve (an egg-shaped robot) is sent to find signs of vegetation on Earth. Make some quick (and always messy) deviled eggs with the kids. These may be prepared and chilled up to four hours before eating.
- Hard boil six eggs and immediately cool in a bowl of ice water.
- Grownups slice the eggs lengthwise. Kids can mash the yolks with ¼ cup of mayo and 1/8 tsp of salt. Add blue, red and yellow food coloring to turn the filling black if you want to make them look like Eve while she’s sleeping.
- Use a plastic baggie with a corner snipped off for the kids to pipe the filling back into the egg white. A paper towel under the egg whites might help them from rolling around. Place a sprig of parsley on Eve’s “tummy” for the plant she stores inside.
- Wall E’s Compactor Cubes are made of rice and veggies disguised as the cubes of trash that Wall E is designed to make.
- Start with three packages of something like Budget Gourmet’s Wild Rice Pilaf with Veggies. Microwave according to package directions.
- In a mixing bowl, add one can of French style green beans (drain well) and a cup of shredded cheddar cheese to the rice mixture. Add a touch of mayo until the mixture sticks together or add cracker crumbs if the mixture is too moist.
- Spray ice cube trays with Pam and compact the mixture into the squares. Put in the refrigerator to set. Pop the squares onto a plate and have the kids stack them as high as they’ll go!
Don't forget the Centerpiece!
- Lovesick Salad: Poor Wall E is in love with Eve. Celebrate what brings them together with this salad: green plant matter! Rinse bagged spinach leaves thoroughly. Toss with fresh raspberries (hearts), candied walnut pieces (trash) and a raspberry vinaigrette dressing. You’re kids never knew salad could be so yummy.
- Cockroach Cake is made of Twinkies and any fruit your family loves. Wall E’s best friend, the cockroach, lives off of Twinkies in the movie.
- Cut Twinkies lengthwise and line the bottom of a 9x9 inch cake pan.
- Cover with a layer of fruit: a can of drained and rinsed fruit cocktail; canned pears and fresh blueberries; or even cinnamon apple sauce. A dollop of whipped cream is the perfect topper.
- Garnish with a prune to represent the cockroach!
Some show-boating inspiration from Hello Dolly performed onstage for this decked-out version of Duck-Duck Goose
GAME TIME: Hello Family!
Supplies: umbrellas for girls, paper plates as hats for boys, white paper (8 ½ x 11) cut into egg shapes, the Internet and a tape player.
If you play this game with Wall E’s favorite movie clip after seeing the show, the kids will be so surprised. Grownups, first find the music and dance clip of “Put on your Sunday Clothes” from Hello Dolly!. Download to an ipod for mobility so you can play outside or remember your external speakers if you are streaming from YouTube on your phone. If you have a collection of favorite kid songs, you can use those, too.
Play this game like “Duck, Duck, Goose”. Play the music in the background, it’s for ambiance. The oldest person is “it” first. Make a very large circle - so there is space for running and show-boating - with the paper eggs. Make at least two per person so there is an empty egg between each seated player. Family members choose and sit on an egg and the game begins.
The person who is “it” either needs to twirl their umbrella or do fancy moves with their hat (a la Hello Dolly!) as they walk the circle and everyone sings along with the music. Feel free to add fancy foot work, too.
When the person who is “it” says, “Eeevah!” (Wall E’s way of saying “Eve”), the person next to them begins the chase around the circle trying to tag them before they make it around the circle to an empty egg. You may need a rule for your fast-footed family member that they can only run around the circle three times before sitting. The person who is “it” is to sit in the other player’s spot before being caught. Otherwise, the person that tagged them gets to be “it”.
If the person who is “it” says “Eeevah!” next to an empty egg, that means the entire family chases the “it” person around the circle. The first person to tag them is “it”. When your knees and throat hurt from running and singing, then it’s time to eat the Lido Deck luncheon the kids helped prepare. Remember to save the egg-shaped paper for another game and craft coming up...
Another Fun Idea from Wall-E (without Eve's blasters): How About a daughter dancing on Daddy's shoes to Louis Armstrong's La Vie En Rose?!
GAME and CRAFT TIME: The Language of Love
Supplies: egg-shaped white paper, colored paper cut into small ovals, glue, string and crayons.
These activities are based on the book, The Five Love Languages of Children by Gary Chapman. In the movie, Wall E and Eve communicate their feelings for each other without words other than their names. They communicate with their eyes and body language.
- Take a trip to the park for this version of hide and seek. Draw a black face and blue eyes on the egg shaped paper. One person plays Wall E and the rest of the family members hide one or more “Eve” eggs nearby. Put them out in the open for the little ones. While “Wall E” moves closer or farther away from where an “Eve” is hidden, the family members communicate with their eyes if the person is hot or cold. Squinty eyes for cold (far away), wide open for getting hot (close). Take turns to be “Wall E” until everyone has a chance.
- After the sun sets on your fabulous family day, take a moment for healthy romance and learn the love languages of your kids. Light some candles at the kitchen table and tell the story of how Mom and Dad fell in love. If you’re single, tell the kids about their birth and the moment you knew you would love them forever!
- Ask each child to share a moment that they remember feeling truly loved. Was it a gift they received (Gifts), when they received special praise (Words of Affirmation), when they stood on Daddy’s feet at the father - daughter dance (Quality Time), when sister helped them clean their room (Acts of Service), or Grandma gave them a huge hug (Physical Touch)?
- Draw a picture of these events on the back of the egg shapes. Glue them randomly with the colored ovals to make a Christmas light streamer. Just like Wall E’s home, you will have a garland of paper junk that represents the real treasure growing in your home: Love.
Surround your home with the glow of family all year long!
BEDTIME STORIES: Outer Space and Relationships
Support and visit your local library! Your local librarian will be happy to help you find children’s books about outer space and healthy relationships. These are my picks for kids: George and Martha books by James Marshall, A Circle in the Sky by Zachary Wilson and Slugs in Love by Susan Pearson. For tweens, Kate DiCamillo’s The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane and for grown-ups, The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman are must-reads!
Keep love in your home watered and fed daily with family fun!
Read Bedtime Stories with Your Kids for as long as they'll let you! Here is one of my favorite stories for the theme of this movie!
© 2016 Tatiana Resetnikov