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Alea has recently become obsessed with anything and everything Disney Princess. It all started when Santa brought her a princess castle for Christmas last year, and she’s become more and more obsessed as she began discovering my Disney VHS movies from when I was little and asking me to read all of the Disney Princess books she has. It’s almost a little ridiculous! With the upcoming re-release of The Little Mermaid (the Collector’s edition Blu-Ray/DVD combo pack will be out October 1st), we decided to take a surprise trip to Walmart to check out some of the new Little Mermaid toys. And boy was it hard to walk out of there without buying everything. Please tell me I’m not the only one who relives my Disney Princess loving childhood with my own daughter now?
And as if playing with all of the characters from The Little Mermaid wasn’t enough, we had to do it outside in our Ariel dress-up outfit with lots of Ariel books! (All of those books are from when I was little! I’m so happy I held onto the entire set!) The Disney princess castle Alea got from Santa just wasn’t going to cut it for her new The Little Mermaid characters, so we had to “think outside the box” (oh I’m so punny) and make a little beach diorama of our own for Ariel and her friends to play in!
one | A Shoe Box
two | The Little Mermaid characters (or other under the sea characters)
three | Markers
four | Construction paper
five | Scissors
six | Double stick tape (or a glue stick)
one | Measure out construction paper to fit inside the box.
two | Glue or use double stick tape to adhere your construction paper to the shoe box.
three | Color and decorate your shoe box (if you choose).
And now it’s play time!
It’s really as easy as “one, two, three”!
Alea and I had a such a fun afternoon doing everything Ariel-related. She was eager to get dressed up in her Ariel costume and as I read her the Ariel books from my childhood, she practiced acting out the stories. It was absolutely adorable! It was the perfect way to end a busy day of school for me and daycare for Alea. As hectic as school can get for me, it’s important to remember to save time for moments like these… especially when it includes Disney Princesses!
Check out the Under the Sea Pinterest board for even more The Little Mermaid playtime ideas: