If you live outside of the sunshine state of Florida, you probably aren’t able to make it to every festival that is being held in Epcot. Or, if even if you do live in Florida, but can’t make it to Walt Disney World every month, you might miss an Epcot festival or two. There are so many amazing festivals throughout the year, it can be hard to be at each one in person.
All of the festivals are equally amazing. The current one, running until February 25th, 2019, is Epcot’s Festival of the Arts. It celebrates all of the arts, from the visual to the culinary to the performing and beyond. Guests who attend Epcot during the festival are able to experience a variety of shows, taste unique foods and interact with various art exhibits. It’s one of the coolest festivals Epcot has to offer, especially due to all the unique interactive features.
We aren’t able to make it to Epcot at this time (still working on that direct teleporting machine from Michigan to Florida) to enjoy the Festival of the Arts, but it is definitely on our list of things to do at Disney. However, not being able to go isn’t going to stop us from having some Epcot’s Festival of the Arts inspired fun. Instead, we brought a little of a Disney-Inspired art festival to our own home.
Introducing, the preschool friendly, painting without paint brushes project! We are still working on a sweet title, but for now the front-runner is ‘Noodle Paint’ or ‘Messy Mickey Painting’. Suggestions are welcomed and encouraged, so leave me a comment below on what we should call this project.
Without further ado, let me present to you ‘Messy Mickey Painting’ and tell you what needs to be done so you can bring a little of Epcot’s Festival of the Arts into your own home!
Messy Mickey Painting
Empty Toilet Paper Rolls
Noodles (Cooked): The crazier the shape the better. Be sure to select noodles big enough for little hands to grab.
Leaves (Real Ones or Artificial Ones. Real one leave cooler prints. …no pun intended.)
1. Step One
Gather up all your supplies! The cool part about this project? You really don’t need to follow my above list at all. Well, except for the paint. A painting kind of needs paint to be a painting. Other than that, you don’t need to follow anything else I suggested exactly. (But if you do follow my list, you’re going to be in good shape.)
You can gather varies items throughout your house that you would like to use for painting. I think ones that provide different textures create the coolest paintings, but feel free to explore. Aside from the items listed above, various pieces of fabric would create neat textures. Or, if you’re lucky enough to live some place warm, flowers would create a neat texture as well. The only things you can’t use are paint brushes!
2. Step Two
Go ahead and create an outline for your painting. It can be a character (yes, please), or anything your preschooler or you want. Having q-tips on hand really helped us with creating some of the fine details of our character before we filled them in with more textures. Mickey was our character d’jour, in case you’re wondering. The toilet paper roll helped us to create perfect circles for his ears. Oh, and it doesn’t have to be perfect, a simple Mickey head always does the trick.
3. Step Three
Have fun and get painting! Time to be creative and take this project in whatever direction you would like.
4. Step Four
Step back and enjoy your masterpiece. Be sure to tag @magicformiles if you post your masterpiece on Instagram or Facebook. I want to be able to say how I knew you before Disney finds you and exhibits your work at the next Festival of the Arts!