We have spent a lot of time over the years learning about the different countries featured in Epcot, but this time, I wanted it to be all FUN!
Decor: I created a little space for each country in 4 different rooms of the house, which the kids had fun finding before dinner started. They were for our one and only activity after dinner. The table was set with lace, cloth napkins, a globe and a world map puzzle. I even found an actual paper Duffy from World showcase to add to the theme!
Dinner: Wow! There was a dish of food from each country represented and the kids enjoyed looking at the menu to see what country everything was from. My husband outdoes himself again! You probably get sick of me saying it, but seriously, he is amazing at this!
Drink: We had bottles of Jarritos and Ginger Ale chilling on the table.
Music: I believe that the right background music makes all the difference and helps set the theme. I won’t have a Mickey Monday without it! I found music that covered all the world showcase countries. Someone had already gathered it! The music of Epcot’’s World Showcase in order…… https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLjepDPY3duWDAScfeslVemDSiXjHubyCZ
Activity: I was going to have the kids do simple origami, but we never got to it. http://www.tammyyee.com/origamifish.html
All our time was spent making a Passport!
Our main activity took HOURS to set up, but it was worth it because the kids didn’t rush through it. Our activity tonight was making their own little passports out of inexpensive photo albums, so that when we are in Epcot’s World Showcase, they can get them stamped. To create them, I had each country set up and had the kids go from country to country.( in our house).
At the main table, I explained that they were to go around to the different stations (countries) and create a page from the paper, stickers and flags found there. Once they get to Epcot, not only will they get these pages stamped, but we will take a picture of them in that country, which later we will slide into the facing page. I printed out flags from each country and had them at the different stations, along with scrapbook paper cut to size and various paper punches that reminded me of each country. So Norway had snowflake punches, Canada had a maple leaf, you get the idea. I had the albums, paper punches and paper from other projects, so no cost!
I took a simple idea on another blog, and complicated it to make it my own. Thank you to Carrie from My Favorite Finds for the idea.http://myfavefinds.com/diy-epcot-passport-book/
Now the kids are ready for their visit to the real Epcot Kidcot stops!