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The boys loved seeing this summer’s Disney Planes movie and have begun seeing toy commercials for the Planes characters. Of course, this prompts the question of when they’ll get to see the movie again and can they ask Santa for some of the Planes Fire & Rescue vehicles? I can’t blame them. What’s not to love? The courageous racing plane Dusty setting out to find a new path with new friends, and it just happens to involve fighting fires? With the holidays approaching, this household favorite gave me ideas for not only gift giving but also a fun craft!
I feel pretty good about the status of our gift buying this year. Usually I’m sweating bullets until Christmas Eve, but I feel like we’ve purchased most of our list and there are just a few odds and ends left to pick up. I had the luxury this weekend of shopping sans kids, and while I was at Walmart I saw some great Rollback prices on several Disney Planes Fire & Rescue items. I picked up the Fires & Rescue 3-Pack while I was shopping so we had some inspiration while we did our craft. I love how sturdy the die-cast vehicles are, we even have some Cars die-cast vehicles from years ago so I know these are built to last since all three of my kids play hard with their toys! Have a Dusty fan? Check out these fun, Rollback items:
- Disney Planes Flight to the Finish Speedway $24.97;
- Disney Planes Fire & Rescue Die-Cast Vehicles, 3-Pack $14.97;
- Disney Planes Fire & Rescue Deluxe Talking Vehicle Assortment $19.97; and,
- Planes Character Assortment die-cast set and the Disney Planes: Fire and Rescue Character Assortment die-cast set $4.97.
Christmas morning is always a rush of excitement here but I love it. It will be fun to see BGB really participate in the morning gift unwrapping. I think this year she will really know what is going on, and be right in the paper tearing frenzy with her brothers. Of course, all 3 will be up at the crack of dark, I mean dawn, and waiting at the top of the stairs for us to give the OK to come down. I remember doing the same thing with my brother so many years ago. The anticipation is so thrilling and I love watching as my kids experience the same!
After the presents are opened and played with, and the kids are wired but exhausted, there is usually a meltdown-like crash that ensues. This year, I wanted to be prepared and have a fun craft activity they can quietly do while we clean up and prepare to host Christmas dinner. It’s a super simple (love simple projects!) DIY placemats with supplies I found at Walmart, and the kids enjoy that they made it all themselves!
Kid-Designed Disney Planes Placemat
- Coloring sheets (I used Crayola Wonder Planes Fire & Rescue)
- Self-seal laminating sheets
- Wet Erase marker (optional)
Step 1: Have the kids color the paper to be laminated. You could use something from a coloring book, or just let them create with a blank piece of paper. Optional: adding stickers directly to the artwork.
Step 2: Cut the colored paper to the desired size to be laminated.
Step 3: Cover the paper on both sides with laminating sheets.
Step 4: Trim the laminated placemat so the sides are all even. I also created curved corners just to make it kid-friendly.
Step 5: My boys love taking stickers on and off of things, so we placed our stickers on the outside of the placemat so they can rearrange at will.
After the kids finished their masterpiece(s) it’s time to test out their new placemats with a snack!
For added fun, grab a wet-erase marker and write fun notes that can be easily erased!
Grab these great Rollback Planes Fire & Rescue items from Walmart on your next visit!
What are your go-to activities for overtired kids during the Holidays?