Feb 24, 2017

Movies that Teach Kids About Courage: 8 Different Titles

Movies that Teach Kids About Courage: 8 Different Titles
This month we are focusing on the value courage.  I don't know about other moms out there, but this is one of those values that I feel I can teach and we can role play until we are blue in the face, but then when put into a real life situation all those lessons vanish into thin air!  Any one else with me? 

Movies are a great way to SHOW kids exactly how to have courage during scary or difficult times. It was my mission to find movies that teach kids about courage.  I wanted it to be so obvious that it wasn't questioned.  Now let me tell you a story about why I really NEEDED to try something more visual.  

Story:  We have been talking about courage, role playing, reading books, and everything in between and Hannelore seems to get it.  Then we go outside for Hannelore/Mommy time.  She has been talking about the day it is warm enough to go outside and ride her bike.  We were going to play cars with the bikes and have so much fun. 

Then a fly (YES A FLY) flew into our play area and it was game over.  I am telling you she immediately threw down her bike and ran as fast as she could and said she was done.  We needed to go inside.  I tried to rationalize with her, but nothing helped.  Then I listened.  I empathized and we went inside.  

That is when I decided we needed to watch some movies.  I have rounded up my favorite three movies that teach kids about courage.  I have also listed five extra ones that teach it, but didn't make our top three.  You know your kids personalities better than I do so try and pick ones that you think will keep their attention the longest.  

Movies that Teach Kids About Courage: 8 Different Titles
This post contains affiliate links, which means I get a very small percentage of the sales if you click on the links below and make a purchase.  However, this does not change my opinion about these movies.  I truly loved all these movies for teaching children about courage.

Disney Planes
My daughter is the biggest girly girl you could come by, but for some awesome reason she loves this movie.  So we went with it.  I love how this movie shows that although Dusty is super scared of heights he never gives up.  He does amazing things even when it is scary.  It also teaches that a courageous person always does the right thing even if they are scared. 

Disney Brave
This one obviously teaches about courage because of its name.  The reason why this one made my top three is because the hero in this movie is Merida.  I need to point out that she is a girl.  That is the reason why I picked it.  My daughter always says that she can't do brave things because she isn't a boy.  She needs her dad, grandpa, or cousins to do them.  This shows that girls can be heroes.  It also shows a different kind of courage and that is when Merida talks to all the clans about breaking tradition.  It took great courage to do it, but she did and she was respected for it. 


Disney Cinderella
Cinderella in the original Disney film shows great courage as well.  So if that works better for you then do that one.  I picked this one because I loved it too.  The other reason why I picked the new one is because of the famous quote in it, "Have courage and be kind."  That is exactly what I am trying to teach my family this month so it works perfectly.  

Other Movies That Teach Kids About Courage

Disney Finding Nemo


Disney Mulan

Disney Aladdin

Disney The Lion King

The Good Dinosaur


Do you have any other movies you would add to the list?  I love watching movies together as a family and talking about the great things we learned from them.  It makes TV watching seem not so terrible to me. 

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Feb 19, 2017

Wood Slice Crafts (St. Patrick's Day Wreath and Chalkboard Tutorial)

Wood Slice Crafts (St. Patrick's Day Wreath and Chalkboard Tutorial)
I have wanted to incorporate wood slices into my decor for some time.  Let's just say that wood slice crafts have been on my "to do" list for far too long.  Crafting lately just hasn't happened and it makes me sad, but it's my current reality.  

However, I love green with the natural wood color so I knew I had to do some wood slice crafts for St. Patrick's Day.  I explained in my Wood Banner post how I like to think about decorations.  I like them multifunctional (it reduces clutter).  

I knew I wanted to make these crafts interchangeable.  Each of these crafts have a good base for a decoration, but you can change it up for different times of the year.  For the wreath you can take off the ribbon and the shamrock.  I used repositionable adhesive so the circles could be taken off as well. 

For the chalkboard it is as simple as erasing what I have written on there and changing it out for different times of the year.  The wreath is VERY simple.  I was so surprised how fast it went.  The chalkboard was quick too, but the drying time takes some time.  


I was provided the wood slices from Oriental Trading in exchange for a blog post.  No other type of compensation was received.  All opinions are my own.  Affiliate links are included as well.  Which means that I will receive a very small commission if you purchase by clicking on my link.  I love each of these products and own all of them.

Wood Slice Wreath 

1.  Gather your supplies.
Wood Slice Crafts (St. Patrick's Day Wreath and Chalkboard Tutorial)
2.  Glue on the wood slices in a single layer.  Then glue on the second layer staggering the layers.  (Tip:  Set it out before hand and see how they all fit.  It helps with the process.  It doesn't have to be perfect because we are attaching a bow so you can cover up where the slices come together if it isn't just right.)
Wood Slice Crafts (St. Patrick's Day Wreath and Chalkboard Tutorial)

Wood Slice Crafts (St. Patrick's Day Wreath and Chalkboard Tutorial)

3.  While the glue cools punch out circles from the green paper. 
Wood Slice Crafts (St. Patrick's Day Wreath and Chalkboard Tutorial)

4.  Attach the circles to the slices.  Choose where you want them placed and what you want them to say.
Wood Slice Crafts (St. Patrick's Day Wreath and Chalkboard Tutorial)

5.  Attach the gold letter stickers. 
Wood Slice Crafts (St. Patrick's Day Wreath and Chalkboard Tutorial)

6.  Attach the bow to the wreath. 
Wood Slice Crafts (St. Patrick's Day Wreath and Chalkboard Tutorial)

7.  You could end here!  But I decided to dangle a shamrock that I had cut out last year with my Cricut.  It was just laying around so I thought using it was a great idea.  I attached it with some bakers twine.  
Wood Slice Crafts (St. Patrick's Day Wreath and Chalkboard Tutorial)

Wood Slice Crafts (St. Patrick's Day Wreath and Chalkboard Tutorial)

This seriously took me 30 minutes and that included making the wreath form (which took me 10 minutes!)  It is very simple and actually I love that about it.  I can't wait to change it out throughout the year.

Wood Slice Chalkboard

1.  Gather the supplies:

2.  Trace the wood slice on a piece of paper.

Wood Slice Crafts (St. Patrick's Day Wreath and Chalkboard Tutorial)

3.  Draw a circle inside the circle you traced.  This will be free handed, but you don't want it to be perfect.  So don't be too picky.
Wood Slice Crafts (St. Patrick's Day Wreath and Chalkboard Tutorial)

3.  Cut out the inside circle and lay it down on the wood slice to see what it will look like.  If you like it, go on to the next step.
Wood Slice Crafts (St. Patrick's Day Wreath and Chalkboard Tutorial)

4.  Trace the circle on contact paper.
Wood Slice Crafts (St. Patrick's Day Wreath and Chalkboard Tutorial)

5.  Cut out the inside of the circle on the contact paper.  Then stick the contact paper on the wood slice.  After it is placed where you want it then make sure to press down the edges really well to seal the edge (so no paint goes under the edge).
Wood Slice Crafts (St. Patrick's Day Wreath and Chalkboard Tutorial)

6.  Brush the paint on the slice where the hole is.  I like to dab the edges to make sure no paint gets under the edge.  Let it dry for roughly 15 minutes and then take off the contact paper.  NOTE:  I did about 3 coats of the chalkboard paint.  Then let it dry for 24 or more hours before doing anything with chalk on it.
Wood Slice Crafts (St. Patrick's Day Wreath and Chalkboard Tutorial)

7.  Draw or write whatever you want on it.  I did a outline of a shamrock.  SO SIMPLE and FAST! 
Wood Slice Crafts (St. Patrick's Day Wreath and Chalkboard Tutorial)

The chalkboard is so simple to erase and change throughout the year.  I also love that the back side could be used as just a wood slice since I didn't paint it.  It is such a versatile piece.  

Wood Slice Crafts (St. Patrick's Day Wreath and Chalkboard Tutorial)

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Feb 16, 2017

Fun Ideas for St. Patrick's Day with Little Effort

Sometimes trying to make each of the holidays special can seem daunting.  Am I right?  After Christmas I can feel a little burnt out and how am I supposed to make New Years feel special and then Valentines and then St. Patrick's Day.

I LOVE holidays so this isn't terribly hard for me, BUT it can be exhausting.  So I was on a mission to find FUN ideas St. Patrick's Day ideas, BUT I also wanted them to be simple.  Thank heavens for Oriental Trading.  They have some things that I have loved, but not only me, but my daughters as well.  

Feb 15, 2017

Wooden St. Patrick's Day Garland

A wooden St. Patrick's Day Garland?  What does that even look like?  I love decorating for the different holidays, but I also like to keep a minimal amount of decoration items.  I figured out that lots of stuff can cause my anxiety to flare up and bring me down.  Since discovering this I try really hard not to collect things and try to use items that can be re-purposed or used for many different events, times, or occasions.  

Feb 11, 2017

Courage Family Home Evening Ideas

Courage Family Home Evening Ideas
Disclaimer: This post is about my faith.  If that makes you uncomfortable then please stop reading.  It is not my intention to make my readers feel awkward in any way.  I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  I am very proud of that part of me and I love the church with all my heart.

My daughter is literally scared of EVERYTHING.  I have to admit that it probably comes from me.  I hate to admit it, but it's true.  I have never been skydiving and I really don't care to go.  I am quite scared of heights which is not fun since I love hiking.  I don't love going too fast.  I am a rule follower to a T.  It's bad, but its me. 

Feb 2, 2017

Value of the Month - Courage Quotes

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Teaching values in today's world can be quite tough.  The world is full of the opposite of the values I want to teach my girls.  The first value we focused on in January was honesty.  Unfortunately, this world is filled with dishonesty, lying, cheating, and lack of trust.  

Jan 26, 2017

Have a Children's Book Collection You Can Be Proud Of-Honesty Edition

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Teaching kids about honesty, especially preschoolers, can be difficult.  It is a hard value to grasp.  However, I am determined to help my four year old understand it even if it is just slightly better than she does right now. 

Jan 20, 2017

My Word of the Year for 2017

Love, inspiration, goals, resolutions, focus
I was provided this shirt in exchange for sharing an inspiring post.  This post also contains affiliate links.  I do NOT promote anything I can not stand behind.  These shirts are AMAZING!

The new year brings a lot of reflection to many people.  I am one of those people.  I love making goals/resolutions.  BUT I don't think the new year is the only time I can make goals.  I make daily goals.  I make weekly goals.  Sometimes I make minute to minute goals.  

Jan 13, 2017

Movies That Teach Kids About Honesty

Pinocchio, Aladdin, The Lion King, Mary Poppins, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
How do I teach my kids about honesty and all that it entails?  That can be a deep topic since it doesn't just include outward lying?  I have tried so many ways to teach my girls about honesty.  So I wanted to try a new way and that is through movies!  

Jan 5, 2017

Honesty Family Home Evening Ideas

Teaching kids values
Disclaimer: This post is about my faith.  If that makes you uncomfortable then please stop reading.  It is not my intention to make my readers feel awkward in any way.  I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  I am very proud of that part of me and I love the church with all my heart.

Honesty.  Do you have a problem teaching your kids about it?  My preschooler has a hard time understanding what it means exactly.  She knows it is good to be honest.  So when she is being bad (crying, acting out, being mean to her sister, etc.) she will say, "I'm sorry I'm lying."  

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