5 activities to celebrate the new movie

Say Hakuna Matata and have a Lion King-inspired day with your kids

By Sara Conway

Last month it was Toy Story. Now, The Lion King is roaring back onto the big screen – the latest in a long line of kids’ films we’ve loved forever, remade to remind us how OLD we are now and of our many responsibilities…

 But, as they say, “Hakuna Matata”. It means no worries, for the rest of your days. Yes, we know we’ll have to face our parenting responsibilities again – soon – but for now, we’re happy to let Timon and Pumbaa’s fun philosophy reign at home.

And so, here are 5 roar-some crafts and games inspired by the new ­Lion King movie. They’re fast, free and easy enough for kids aged 3-plus to do by themselves – giving you time to relax (and maybe even get a little catnap…).

1) Pawfect cookies: let kids decorate their snacks (before giving you the lion’s share!)

What you’ll need: Rich Tea biscuits, icing pens

What to do:

  1. Let your kids draw pawprints on the biscuits.
  2. Leave them to dry (if they can).
  3. Eat them!

2) King for the day: a Simba headband for your little cub to play with

What you’ll need: Scissors, a pencil, sticky tape, different coloured card – brown, orange and yellow

What to do:

  1. Measure and cut a band of card to fit around your child’s head.
  2. Help them to draw ears on the card. Then they can snip them out.
  3. Next, they can tape the ears to the headband and pretend to be Simba. They can growl, pounce and laugh in the face of danger (but no licking, please).

3) Strength of a lioness! Make a cute Nala mask to play with.

What you’ll need: yellow card, white paper, brown paper, felt tips, sticky tape

What to do:

  1. Help your child to draw and cut out a lion face shape from the yellow card.
  2. Hold the card up to their face and use a pencil to make marks where their eyes are. Then, cut out eye holes.
  3. Now, kids can add features by cutting shapes from the white and brown papers and sticking them on – or they could draw them on with felt tips.
  4. They can use a felt tip to draw details around the eyes and cheeks.
  5. Finally, tape pipe cleaners to the back so they can wear the mask.

 4) Circle of Life: a fun drawing game

What you’ll need: paper and a pencil

What to do:

  1. Draw a few circles and see if your child can turn them into pictures of animals. Can they make one into a lion? How about a monkey? Or a meerkat and a warthog?

 5) Sleeping lions: a giggly game that involves lying down… YES!

What you’ll need: nothing

What to do:

  1. Tell your kids to lie down and pretend to be asleep. You’re going to try and make them laugh, but they mustn’t move a muscle – not even to smile.
  2. Ignore the temptation to sneak off and have a nap.
  3. Try to wake them up – tickle their face, whisper their name or blow a raspberry.
  4. When they laugh, it’s your turn to lie down.

Don’t forget to tag us in any of your amazing makes @5minutefun!

The Lion King is in cinemas now. If your child loves the movie, don’t miss Disney Stars Lion King magazine, on sale 7th August. It comes with a notebook, pen, pen topper and bouncy ball. Inside, you’ll find Simba’s adventure story, an epic Pride Lands poster, puzzles, quizzes, drawing, colouring and more brilliant crafts.

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