Watch This, Do That: Elemental

See the Disney and Pixar film based on the four elements and how they coexist.

After being told all her life not to mix elements, Ember Lumen (Leah Lewis), meets an emotional water guy, named Wade Ripple (Mamoudou Athie). She begins seeing how much they’re actually alike instead of different.

Ember’s parents, Bernie and Cinder immigrate to Element City before she was born and find that other elements treated them unfairly. They build their business, Fireplace, from the ground up and establish a name for themselves in Fire Town and never go to Element City.

After Ember meets Wade, she travels there and sees how the rest of the city lives in harmony together and realizes she has other dreams than taking over her father’s business.

A few takeaways to discuss with the kids:

  • Step out of your comfort zone. You never know how much you will enjoy something if you don’t try something new.
  • Don’t judge someone before you know them. It’s important not to judge someone by the color of their skin or ethnicity (or in this case, their element). Ember was told all her life that elements don’t mix and the other elements were told bad things about the fire element.
  • Learn about your ancestry and keep those traditions alive. Ember’s father passed down the importance of the blue flame to her. He told stories about him and his father that made her respect him and honor him so much.
  • Don’t let someone tell you that you can’t do what you want with your life. Ember had a hard time telling her father she didn’t want to take over the family business. Her father was supportive though because he went off on his own to start something new.

Movie-inspired activities

  • Have a water balloon fight with your family. If you don’t have any water balloons, put water in buckets and other containers. Try these reusable water balloons.
  • Pretend you’re Ember molding fire with this fire slime by Everyday Chaos + Calm. You’ll need clear glue, contact solution, baking soda and red, orange and yellow food coloring.
  • Make homemade bubbles solution and blow different geometric-shaped bubble wands made out of pipe cleaners with this activity by Little Bins Little Hands.
  • Draw your own Element City sidewalk using chalk.
  • Try this activity by Made with Happy to make a paper wind socks craft. The supplies you need are colorful construction paper, curling ribbon, hole punch, scissors, and a stapler or tape. Decorate your wind socks with stickers, markers or decorative tapes.
  • Go on a walk and collect leaves and flowers. Then, create your own nature tree with this activity by Raising Hooks.

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Kari Zaffarano
Kari Zaffarano
Kari Zaffarano is a mom of one and Chicago Parent's Audience Development Coordinator. She tracks down the best events every week and shares the inside scoop with families in print and online. She enjoys reading, traveling and exploring new places with her son.

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