When I recently visited Walt Disney Animation Studios to learn more about Wreck-It Ralph (opens November 2, 2012), we participated in a couple of movie-related activities that would be great fun for kids and families. My favorite activity? Making candy cars in honor of the sweet little racers in the game Sugar Rush (one of the game lands Ralph visits in the movie).
Every Halloween, my kids choose a bunch of Halloween candy to use for science experiments. They have fun doing this, and I don't feel like the candy is wasted. Better yet, they don't eat it. This year, I'll also be using their Halloween loot to help them make candy cars like we did at Disney Studios. And now that I've had some experience, I think mine is going to turn out a lot better. See photo and learn how to make candy cars here. For inspiration, you can also see a larger photo of Sugar Rush.
Learn to Draw Vanellope
Wreck-It Ralph is a movie that kids will really get into. The video game characters have a range of fun and engaging personalities, and the characters and worlds Ralph visits will appeal to both boys and girls. Girls will especially fall in love with the land of the candy coated game Sugar Rush. At Disney Studios, art director Mike Gabriel gave us a lesson on how to draw Vanellope from Sugar Rush. This activity is another great one to get kids' creative side in full gear. Here is a step-by-step on how to draw Vanellope.
Wreck-It with the Kids
And finally, the last Wreck-It Ralph must-do for families is to introduce your kids to the old school games we loved when we were their age. 8-bit baby! Each time the filmmakers at Walt Disney Animation Studios make a new movie, they decorate their office area according to the movie theme, and they do it on a grand scale. When we were there, the entrance to their offices was lined with arcade games. They even had a full arcade version of the game Fix-It Felix from the movie. Other games and characters featured in the movie are Pac-man, Q-bert, Street Fighter, and more. You can introduce your kids to these games before the movie, so they will really get how funny and nostalgic the references are. Check out our Wreck-It Ralph info page to find links to play some of these games online (under the "Fun for Families" section).
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