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My boys are excited to see the newest Disney movie Moana that will be in theaters this Friday, November 23rd. My boys and I a preview of the movie and love that Moana takes place on the Pacific Islands. So I took an opportunity to create a fun snack that will get my boys excited about fruit. When I think of Moana and the tropical islands, I think about the coconut trees that were on the island. So I knew my boys would be excited to create a coconut tree with fruit and then get to eat it for a snack. This craft/recipe is so simple to create and only requires some delicious fruit that you may already have in your home.
All you need for each serving of this craft is one banana, two kiwi, and two small mandarin oranges. My boys love these fruits so I knew they would be perfect to use. I then peeled, sliced and cut the fruit. I placed the fruit in bowls and gave each boy a plate.
My boys had fun creating their coconut trees. The coconuts are missing from the tree as they ran away to join the pirates, you will have to see the movie to understand. The best part of our activity, was, of course, eating the finished product.
This movie takes place on a Pacific Island over 3,000 years ago and is about an adventurous teenager who is inspired to leave the safety and security of her island on a daring journey to save her people. Inexplicably drawn to the ocean, Moana (voice of Auliʻi Cravalho) convinces the mighty demigod Maui (voice of Dwayne Johnson) to join her mission, and he reluctantly helps her become a wayfinder like her ancestors who sailed before her. Together, they voyage across the open ocean on an action-packed adventure, encountering enormous monsters and impossible odds, and along the way, Moana fulfills her quest and discovers the one thing she’s always sought: her own identity. Directed by the renowned filmmaking team of Ron Clements and John Musker (“The Little Mermaid,” “Aladdin,” “The Princess & the Frog”), produced by Osnat Shurer (“Lifted,” “One Man Band”), and featuring music by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mark Mancina and Opetaia Foa‘i, “Moana” sails into U.S. theaters on Nov. 23, 2016.
So while you are waiting for Moana to be on the big screen, you can create a delicious fruit treat with your kids. Check out some fun facts about the movie.
Moana dons seven outfits in the movie, including the red tapa garment
the character wears as a toddler when she first encounters the ocean character.
• Moana’s main look includes a tapa top and pandanus skirt with a shredded
pandanus underskirt. Costume designer Neysa Bové created the outfit so it would
be suitable for an adventurer. “The skirt has a slit in front to allow movement—
whether she’s swimming, running or navigating her canoe,” says Bové.
• One elaborate outfit worn during a dance sequence is visible for just six seconds.
• Inspired by the Taualuga ceremonies of Samoa, Bové created a ceremonial garment
for Moana that is covered in shells and pearls. Her Tuiga—or headdress—has shells
from the ocean and red feathers to symbolize royalty.
• All the characters in “Moana” wear outfits made only from materials that would have
been available to them 2,000 years ago.