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We haven’t seen the movie yet but the emotions in Inside Out are ruling our house already! Joy, Sadness, Fear, Anger and Disgust are all emotions we all have daily and it’s healthy for kids to develop these emotions. We as adults need to help develop those emotions in our kids.
Right now in our house we are learning how to overcome fear. My littlest one goes to overnight camp on Sunday for two nights. We are all fearful about the big journey ahead. I remind her and myself that we should do something we fear and that fear is a good emotion to have sometimes. Through fear we gain joy by overcoming our fears. She’ll be great and will have fun! One of the ways we talked about the emotions of sleep away camp was through the characters in Inside Out. I’m sending her with Joy and Sadness to help her manage the emotions of being away from mom and dad at camp for the first time. Also to help talk about these big emotions we made some cake pops inspired by the movie!
To make our Memory Ball Cake Pops you’ll need:
- Cake balls
- Red, blue, green, yellow and blue sugar sprinkles. We made our own by mixing sugar and food coloring!
- Lollipop sticks
- Almond Bark
- Styrofoam block to put cake pops in after dipping
First you bake your cake balls. We used Pillburys new Gluten Free Funfetti Cake Mix for ours. Set them aside and let them cool.
We have a special pan to bake our cake balls. If you don’t have a special pan you can make a sheet cake and crumble it up into a mixing bowl with the frosting of your choice and roll it into balls. Freeze the cake balls for about an hour to give them a little stiffness!
Now you need to melt your chocolate. We used white Almond Bark with a little bit of vegetable shorting to make a nice thing chocolate that we could dip.
Next you will one in of our lollipop sticks into the chocolate and insert them into the cake balls. This will help “glue” the sticks into the cake balls so they won’t fall out when you are dipping them in the chocolate. Let these harden.
Now comes the fun but messy part! I have yet to find a non messy way to make cake pops.
So your going to dip your cake pops into the melted chocolate, using a spoon to make sure you cover the whole cake pop. Then you are going to lightly spin and tap it against the side so that you get the excess chocolate off of the cake pop. Now your going to put it over a bowl as not to make a mess and sprinkle the colored sugar over the cake pops covering the whole thing in sugar! Now place your cake pops in the Styrofoam so that they can dry upright!
Once they are dry you can display them in a cake pop holder, or you can eat them all up! Happy memories!
To help your child work through emotions, you can buy these adorable Inside Out Plushies at Walmart for just $8.88. You can also get the Inside Out Fruit Snacks, which are perfect for summer lunches!
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