This Winnie the Pooh Springtime With Roo Blu-ray post is courtesy of our contributor Carolyn...This first couple of weeks into spring has been pretty typical for being in Canada; snowy, cold, windy, and even a little sunny! The children and I didn’t let any of that stop us from celebrate spring with the Winnie the Pooh Springtime with Roo movie and some fun outside activities!
Winnie the Pooh Springtime with Roo was released from the Disney Vault on March 11, 2014 and I couldn’t be happier to share a Disney classic with the daycare children. Not to mention the link I have to Winnie the Pooh himself; we both have connections to Winnipeg, Manitoba and I participated in a few Winnie the Pooh celebrations as a child!
A springtime twist on the Classic A Christmas Carol, Winnie the Pooh Springtime with Roo see’s Rabbit cancel Easter and he declares Spring Cleaning Day instead. The message behind the story teaches the children that one of the greatest gifts you could give yourself is thinking of and doing special things for others!
After watching the movie, trying and failing to convince the children that Easter, sadly, isn’t for another month I came up with some quick springtime activities to distract them from wanting to do an egg hunt!
Included in the Disney Blu-ray package was a code for a digital copy of the movie, and a Tigger tail mobile! The mobile was a swirly Tigger tail with four squares with the Pooh characters on them. The children loved pulling on Tiggers tail and watching the characters “FLY!” The mobile inspired us to make our own type of mobile, a wind chime we could put outside on the deck. I love making wind chimes! It’s an opportunity to gather recyclable and natural materials and create something that is both visually and audibly pleasing for the children.
Nature’s Wind Chime: We gathered twigs from my yard and used twine to tie the twigs into a mobile. I crossed two twigs and tied them in an X using a small piece of twine. We tied a few twigs onto four pieces of twine then attached the four pieced to the four ends of the X. This mobile didn’t make much noise but the children enjoyed watching the twigs spin in the wind.
Reused Wind Chime: For this wind chime we used old colorful plastic lids for a springy brightness, as well as metal washers and a couple metal wrenches to make the pretty chime noise. We used twine to tie them together and a hole punch to put holes into the plastic lids.
Spring Scavenger Hunt
Scavenger hunts have always been a favorite of children I have work with! Moms and Munchkins has a free printable Spring Scavenger Hunt we used to look for the signs of spring. Because most of these first two weeks of spring have been snowy we created our own solutions to some of the items on the list and will continue to look for the rest on our walks for weeks to come!
- We finally had a cleared road to ride the tricycle
- We drew on the driveway with sidewalk chalk
- Our rubber boots finally made an appearance
- I showed them the lawnmower in the shed and we talked about the grass turning green very soon (we hope!)
Once a week I fill my double sink or my Jacuzzi tub and let the children play in the water! Playing up to Rabbits desire to forfeit Easter for Spring Cleaning day, we used the water play time to wash some toys. The sinks were filled with warm water, dish soap, sponges, dishcloths and the toy food and dishes for the children to wash. There was a lot of filling and dumping of water, and dialogue about Roo being “Not Fair” for taking away Easter. The children always enjoy playing in the water and it was nice to see them relating back to the movie!
The Winnie the Pooh Springtime With Roo Blu-ray was a great start to our Canadian Spring! I am excited to share it with the children again closer to Easter. If you have any Easter activity extensions appropriate for my 2-4 year olds, I would love to hear them!
*Disclosure: I received a copy of this Blu-ray in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed here are my own.