Blogger Gretchen Schulz

Pop Culture Programming: Hakuna Matata

Happy Friday!

I do not know about all of you, but I am very excited to see The Lion King this weekend! I really enjoyed the live-action version of Aladdin, but I am *really* looking forward to The Lion King because the original holds a special place in my heart. It was a movie I watched many times as a kid. (Plus, Beyoncé!)

Hakuna matata, what a wonderful phrase! It means no worries, for the rest of your days. Celebrating the release of the new movie, I did a craft this week I would like to share you all. The age group was tweens (9-12 year olds), and the program was pop culture centered, so we called it Hakuna Matata.

I found this awesome stencil on a (C) Disney Style website. At first I was overwhelmed with the possibilities! I absolutely loved the idea of stenciling Simba onto a t-shirt or canvas bag. However, as the program was to take place inside, I did not want to use fabric spray paint. (If you do, please send me a pic!)

First things first, here is my example:

An outline of the baby lion, Simba, on a piece of paper with red, blue, and purple background.

I cut out the stencil of Simba from the page I had printed it on, and then taped it to a white piece of paper. Using a black oil pastel, I traced Simba onto the paper. Once he was traced on, I used other colors that were inspiring me that day to create a powerful background, because Simba is a powerful character.

The day of the program, I wound up being pleased that the craft was to take place inside. There was a torrential down pour that would have prevented us from doing this outside.

When the tweens arrived, they were psyched, but not all had seen the original Lion King from 1994, so I showed them some pictures of Rafiki drawing Simba in his tree house on my smart phone.

Also, listening to the soundtrack for the new film set an awesome vibe throughout the program.

Here are some before and after pictures of what the tweens created. Enjoy!

An outline of the character Simba on a white sheet of paper with a green background.  —–> An outline of Simba against a rainbow background.

You can see here, one of my tweens was a perfectionist, and she scratched her original drawing and started over.

A young girl drawing at a table. ——-> An outline of Simba against a rainbow backdrop.

Happy weekend-ing all!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.