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What if the toys that are strewn about your house really did come to life like they did in Toy Story? Since 1995 the Toy Story franchise has captured our hearts thanks to new and nostalgic characters whose existence revolves around themes of friendship. It also set the standard as the very first feature-length film animated entirely by computer!
If you’re like our family and have loved Toy Story 1-3, chances are you’ve either seen, or have plans to see, Toy Story 4. But there’s no reason why the magic of what you see on the screen needs to end when you leave the theater. Here are 5 ways you can bring the magic of Toy Story into your home and take it on the road this summer.
5 Ways to Bring the Magic of Toy Story 4 Home
Adopt the Characters
Toy Story is all about characters being loved by their owners and there’s no shortage of characters for your kids to love! Action figures like Woody, Buzz, Slinky Dog, Bo Peep, and others let young kids practice their story telling skills while inspiring imaginative play. While toys from the movie are at many retailers, Best Buy also stocks Toy Story 4 toys. They also carry toys from the most popular movies released throughout the year! Be sure to take a look at the Disney Toy Story 4 Carnival Thrill Coaster, perfect for preschool Toy Story and LEGO lovers!
Bring Toy Story Into Your Kitchen
Toy Story 4 introduces, Duke Caboom, a 1970s toy based on Canada’s greatest daredevil and stuntman. Use this character’s confidence to infuse kitchen confidence in your kids by getting them in the kitchen to make Duke Caboom Crunch. This tasty snack can be made over a campfire our outdoor BBQ and helps reinforce the importance of following directions, math skills like measurement, and dazzles with some kitchen chemistry! Parents of younger kids who need a super simple activity that emphasizes following directions will like these Super Simple Alien Jello Cups from Nellie over at Brooklyn Active Mama.
Take Toy Story on the Road
Before you hop in the car for your summer road trip, visit Brooklyn Active Mama to download the Toy Story 4 Printable Activity Pack. The Activity Pack includes sets of bingo cards (pictured above), coloring sheets, mazes, a memory game, and other fun activities perfect to keep kids engaged and learning in fun ways during your trip.
Toy Story 1-3 are also perfect for flights and downtime in hotel rooms during vacations. Just be sure to pick up Steelbook versions of each Toy Story movie that include digital copies that you can download on your own devices before you go.
Get Crafty and Make Your Own Sporky
What’s the deal with Sporky?!? Becca Ludlum from My Crazy Good Life gives you the scoop- or rather the spork- in her Who is Sporky? post. Having attended the Toy Story 4 press trip, she shares what the process like was for animators to create the character who suffers a bit of an existential crisis in the movie.
Pre-Order Toy Story 4
Don’t let Toy Story 4 fade from memory after you leave the theaters! If you’re already planning to add it to your Toy Story collection pre-order the movie from Best Buy now. The adorable SteelBook version features exclusive art from Toy Story 1, 2, 3, and 4 that your family will treasure while reliving movie magic over and over again.
Images courtesy of Walt Disney Pictures and Best Buy.