Crafts and Recipes for a The Little Mermaid Movie Night
© DISNEY. PHOTO OF ELISE APFFEL FOR THE DISNEY FAMILY Take your kids on an underwater adventure! Set the scene with these crafts and recipes inspired by The little Mermaid, now streaming on Disney +! © DISNEY. PHOTO OF ELISE APFFEL FOR THE DISNEY FAMILY The Little Mermaid Coloring Pages What you will need: How […]

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Take your kids on an underwater adventure! Set the scene with these crafts and recipes inspired by The little Mermaid, now streaming on Disney +!

© DISNEY. PHOTO OF ELISE APFFEL FOR THE DISNEY FAMILY

The Little Mermaid Coloring Pages

What you will need:

How to do it:

  • Download the PDF above, print and color!
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Mermaid Tail cupcakes

What you will need:

  • Your favorite cupcake recipe
  • White icing
  • A teal or white candy background
  • Turquoise and purple food coloring (you can also mix green and blue for teal and red and blue for purple)
  • Sprinkles
  • Cupcake collar in scale print, iridescent or other mermaid patterns!
  • Mermaid tail silicone mold
  • Cupcake liners
  • Large plastic bag with zipper
  • The scissors

How to do it:

  • Prepare the cake batter according to your favorite recipe.
  • Place the cupcake molds in a cupcake tray and fill each of them about 2/3 full with the cupcake batter. Bake according to recipe instructions. Let cool.
  • To make 4 mermaid tails, place about 2/3 cup of the melted candy in a microwave-safe bowl. (Note: The amount will vary depending on the size of the molds and how many molds you want to make out of them. Increase as needed to make more mermaid tails.)
  • Microwave for 30 seconds at a time, stirring frequently.
  • If you only have melted white candies, add food coloring to the melted ones to create a turquoise color.
  • Using a small spoon, fill the molds. If you overfill, that's okay - you can cut off any excess once it's settled.

  • Place the mold in the freezer for 10 minutes.
  • Remove the mold from the freezer and carefully take out the mermaid tails. If you need to cut the excess, place them on a cutting board and use a small paring knife to clean them. Store them in the fridge until you are ready to add them to cupcakes.
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  • Place the frosting in a bowl. Add food coloring to make it purple. Blend until the color is smooth and evenly distributed.
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  • Place the frosting in a large, zippered plastic bag. Turn the bag to move the frosting to one corner of the bag, then cut off a small corner. Tada! Pastry bag!
  • Apply icing to each cupcake.
  • Remove the mermaid tails from the fridge and place one in the center of each cupcake.
  • Top it off with glitter and a mermaid-inspired cupcake collar.
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Ariel's Starfish Treats

What you will need:

  • Tortillas
  • Sugar
  • Food coloring
  • Cooking oil (vegetable or canola)
  • Cinnamon (optional)
  • Candy eyes
  • Icing

How to do it:

  • Prepare the colored sugar. Put about ½ to 1 cup of sugar in each of the three bowls. You can optionally add cinnamon for flavor, but note that it may tone down the sheen of the color a bit.
  • Add 3-4 drops of food coloring to the sugar bowls and use a fork to break it up and stir. It may take a few minutes to mix well. Use the fork to break up dark lumps. Repeat with the other colors.
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  • Place candy eyes on the stars! You can use frosting or gel frosting to help keep the eyes open, or serve them flat and let the eyes rest on top.
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Ariel Cave Candelabra

What you will need:

  • A small candelabra
  • White, turquoise, green and purple acrylic paint
  • Brush
  • Decoupage glue
  • Hot glue
  • Small seashells
  • Metal or plastic fork, spoon and knife

How to do it:

  • If the candelabra is a darker color, start by painting a primer coat of white paint. Let dry completely.
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  • Paint the candelabra with a coat of turquoise paint. Let dry completely, then lightly brush green and purple in random spots to add accents of color.
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  • Repeat the same steps to paint the silverware. Let dry completely.
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  • Seal the candelabra and silverware with a layer of decoupage glue. This creates a more finished look!
  • To attach the silverware, apply a generous amount of hot glue to the inside of each of the candle holders, and place and hold the silverware vertically inside the candle holders until the glue hardens.
  • Secure a few shells around the candelabra with hot glue.
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Take charge. Children crave limits, which help them understand and manage an often confusing world. Show your love by setting boundaries so your kids can explore and discover their passions safely.

CREDIT : HEATHER WESTONSet Smart LimitsTake charge. Children crave limits, which help them understand and manage an often confusing world. Show your love by setting boundaries so your kids can explore and discover their passions safely. Don’t clip your child’s wings. Your toddler’s mission in life is to gain independence. So when she’s developmentally capable of putting her toys away, clearing her plate from the table, and dressing herself, let her. Giving a child responsibility is good for her self-esteem ( and your sanity ! ).

Don’t try to fix everything. Give young kids a chance to find their own solutions. When you lovingly acknowledge a child’s minor frustrations without immediately rushing in to save her, you teach her self-reliance and resilience.

Pick your battles. Kids can’t absorb too many rules without turning off completely. Forget arguing about little stuff like choices and occasional potty language. Focus on the things that really matter -- that means no hitting, rude talk, or lying.

Play with your children. Let them choose the activity, and don’t worry about rules. Just go with the flow and have fun. That’s the name of the game.

Read books together every day. Get started when he’s a newborn; babies love listening to the sound of their parents’ voices. Cuddling up with your child and a book is a great bonding experience that will set him up for a lifetime of reading.

Schedule daily special time. Let your child choose an activity where you hang out together for 10 or 15 minutes with no interruptions. There’s no better way for you to show your love.

Encourage daddy time. The greatest untapped resource available for improving the lives of our children is time with Dad -- early and often. Kids with engaged fathers do better in school, problem-solve more successfully, and generally cope better with whatever life throws at them.

Make warm memories. Your children will probably not remember anything that you say to them, but they will recall the family rituals -- like bedtimes and game night -- that you do together.

Be the role model your children deserve. Kids learn by watching their parents. Modeling appropriate, respectful, good behavior works much better than telling them what to do.

Fess up when you blow it. This is the best way to show your child how and when she should apologize.

Take charge. Children crave limits, which help them understand and manage an often confusing world. Show your love by setting boundaries so your kids can explore and discover their passions safely.

Live a little greener. Show your kids how easy it is to care for the environment. Waste less, recycle, reuse, and garde each day. Spend an afternoon picking up trash around the neighborhood.

Always tell the truth. It’s how you want your child to behave, right ? Kiss and hug your spouse in front of the kids. Your marriage is the only example your child has of what an intimate relationship looks, feels, and sounds like. So it’s your job to set a great standard.

Give appropriate praise. Instead of simply saying, ' You’re great, ' try to be specific about what your child did to deserve the positive feedback. You might say, ' Waiting until I was off the phone to ask for cookies was , and I really liked your patience. '

Cheer the good stuff. When you notice your child doing something helpful or nice, let him know how you feel. It’s a great way to reinforce good behavior so he’s more likely to keep doing it.

Gossip about your kids. Fact : What we overhear is far more potent than what we are told directly. Make praise more effective by letting your child ' catch ' you whispering a compliment about him to Grandma, Dad, or even his teddy.

Give yourself a break. Hitting the drive-through when you’re too tired to cook doesn’t make you a bad responsable d'un enfant.

Trust your mommy gut. No one knows your child better than you. Follow your instincts when it comes to his health and well-being. If you think something’s wrong, chances are you’re right. Just say ' No. ' Resist the urge to take on extra obligations at the office or become the Volunteer Queen at your child’s school. You will never, ever regret spending more time with your children.

Don’t accept disrespect from your child. Never allow her to be rude or say hurtful things to you or anyone else. If she does, tell her firmly that you will not tolerate any form of disrespect. Pass along your plan. Mobilize the other caregivers in your child’s life -- your spouse, grandparents, daycare worker, babysitter -- to help reinforce the values and the behavior you want to instill. This includes everything from saying thank you and being kind to not whining.

Ask your children three ' you ' questions every day. The art of conversation is an important social skill, but parents often neglect to teach it. Get a kid going with questions like, ' Did you have fun at school ? ' ; ' What did you do at the party you went to ? ' ; or ' Where do you want to go tomorrow afternoon ? ' Teach kids this bravery trick. Tell them to always notice the color of a person’s eyes. Making eye contact will help a hesitant child appear more confident and will help any kid to be more assertive and less likely to be picked on.

Acknowledge your kid’s strong emotions. When your child’s meltdown is over, ask him, ' How did that feel ? ' and ' What do you think would make it better ? ' Then listen to him. He’ll recover from a tantrum more easily if you let him talk it out.

Show your child how to become a responsible citizen. Find ways to help others all year. Kids gain a sense of self-worth by volunteering in the community. Don’t raise a spoiled kid. Keep this thought in mind : Every child is a treasure, but no child is the center of the universe. Teach him accordingly.

Talk about what it means to be a good person. Start early : When you read bedtime stories, for example, ask your toddler whether characters are being mean or nice and explore why. Explain to your kids why values are important. The simple answer : When you’re kind, generous, honest, and respectful, you make the people around you feel good. More important, you feel good about yourself.

Set up a ' gratitude circle ' every night at dinner. Go around the table and take turns talking about the various people who were generous and kind to each of you that day. It may sound corny, but it makes everyone feel good.

Serve a food again and again. If your child rejects a new dish, don’t give up hope. You may have to offer it another six, eight, or even 10 times before he eats it and decides he likes it. Avoid food fights. A healthy child instinctively knows how much to eat. If he refuses to finish whatever food is on his plate, just let it go. He won’t starve.

Eat at least one meal as a family each day. Sitting down at the table together is a relaxed way for everyone to connect -- a time to share happy news, talk about the day, or tell a silly joke. It also helps your kids develop saine eating habits. Let your kids place an order. Once a week, allow your children to choose what’s for dinner and cook it for them.

Say ' I love you ' whenever you feel it, even if it’s 743 times a day. You simply can not spoil a child with too many mushy words of affection and too many smooches. Not possible. Keep in mind what grandmoms always say. Children are not yours, they are only lent to you for a time. In those fleeting years, do your best to help them grow up to be good people. Savor the instants. Yes, parenthood is the most exhausting emploi on the planet. Yes, your house is a mess, the laundry’s piled up, and the dog needs to be walked. But your kid just laughed. Enjoy it now -- it will be over far too fast.

Teach your baby to sign. Just because a child can’t talk doesn’t mean there isn’t lots that she’d like to say. Simple signs can help you know what she needs and even how she feels well before she has the words to tell you -- a great way to reduce frustration. Keep the tube in the family room. Research has repeatedly shown that children with a TV in their bedroom weigh more, sleep less, and have lower grades and poorer social skills. P. S. Parents with a television in their bedroom have sex less often. Get kids moving. The latest research shows that brain development in young children may be linked to their activity level. Place your baby on her tummy several times during the day, let your toddler walk instead of ride in her stroller, and create opportunities for your older child to get plenty of exercise.

Get your kids vaccinated. Outbreaks of measles and other diseases still occur in our country and throughout the world. Protect that smile. Encouraging your kid to brush twice a day with a dab of fluoride toothpaste will guard against cavities. Be vigilant about safety. Babyproof your home thoroughly, and never leave a child under 5 in the tub alone. Make sure car seats are installed correctly, and insist that your child wear a helmet when riding his bike or scooter. Listen to the doc. If your pediatrician thinks your kid’s fever is caused by a malware, don’t push for antibiotics. The best medicine may be rest, lots of fluids, and a little TLC. Overprescribing antibiotics can cause medical problems for your child and increase the chances of creating superbugs that resist treatment.

Keep sunblock next to your kid’s toothpaste. Apply it every day as part of the morning routine. It’ll become as natural as brushing her teeth. Put your baby to bed drowsy but still awake. This helps your child learn to soothe himself to sleep and prevents bedtime problems down the line. Know when to toilet train. Look for these two signs that your child is ready to use the potty : He senses the urge to pee and poop ( this is different from knowing that he’s already gone ), and he asks for a diaper change.

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