Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Family Movie Night with Horrid Henry and Lots of Slime and Play Dough (Review and Recipes)

An Exclusive Limited Edition "Slime Pack" Will Be Available at All Walmart Stores in the US on March 12th, 2013.


Plot synopsis: 

"When Henry fails yet again to hand in his homework for the umpteenth time, he inadvertently sets off an unexpected and curious chain of events. He forms an unlikely alliance with Moody Margaret, the infuriating girl next door, wins a talent contest, and stands up to his ultimate nemesis. With each antic crazier than the last, Henry finds himself inexplicably trying to save the very school which he has always professed to hate!"


--My Thoughts--

What will they come up with next?  I say this because I was recently sent the Horrid Henry: The Movie limited edition DVD, which will be available exclusively at Walmart stores in the USA, on March 12th, and couldn't believe my eyes.  Instead of a standard plastic DVD case to hold the DVD in, I received a pouch of green slime, with the DVD slide in another compartment of this pouch.  The slime pouch was then slid inside a plastic display case with an open window, so that you can touch the slime pouch. 

Prior to the movie night, I was also sent a handful of Horrid Henry Inspired gag jokes, which included wind-up chattering teething, a toy buzzer and a water balloon kit, as well as a copy of the original Horrid Henry Book by Franscesca Simon.  The best part of this party kit was that I was also given a $25 Walmart gift card to play supplies and snacks.  I ended up using the gift cad to buy supplies needed to make homemade slime and play dough for the kids (scroll down to see the recipes so you can try at home with your children).

My two nieces and nephew were over this weekend to spend time with the girls, so I used this opportunity to have a family-friendly movie with all the kids, and my husband and I.  We ordered pizza, followed by making our own ice-cream sundaes, and then the real fun began.  I had all the kids come into the kitchen and told them we would be playing scientists and make our own slime.  They had no idea what movie we would be watching until they saw they it displayed on the counter next to the slime and play dough ingredients.  My nephew went crazy as he loved this movie and has read the book a few times.  I was first introduced to Horrid Henry through my nephew as he was reading it last summer when he came to visit and couldn't stop laughing.  I sat down with him and had him tell me about the stories he was reading and enjoying so much, and then wound up reading him one of the stories, as we laughed together.  So, I was really looking forward to watching this movie with them, and the surprising my nephew with another copy of this book, to keep at our house and read when he comes. :-)

We had such a great time mixing up our homemade slime and play dough, and for the next hour, the kids played today with their ooey gooey green slime and play dough.  Once the popcorn and Chex mix was ready, everyone gathered up in the living room to watch Horrid Henry.  This movie, which has a run time of 93 minutes and is rated PG will have you laughing from start to finish.  And, the music is great today, with a soundtrack that includes Katy Perry, LMFAO's Party Rick Anthem and so much more.  All the girls kept getting up to dance around and giggle.

I especially loved this movie as it starred Anjelica Huston.  While the children know her best for her role as Morticia Addams in the Addams Family movie, and then appearing in other kid-friendly flicks like Tinker Bell and Daddy Day Care, I have enjoyed her in earlier films like The Postman Always Rings Twice, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and The Royal Tenenbaums.  Now that I have young children, it is nice to be able to sit down and watch family friendly movies with actors I have enjoyed watching over the years.

If you have children or even grandchildren, then you know how mischievous they can be -- come on, we were all kids once and loved trying to pull the wool over our parents eye, while getting away with things.  Well, this is the case with Henry, the main character in this upcoming DVD release.  The movie follows him as he tries to defy his parents by not doing his homework, only to step up to the plate when his future at his school is jeopardized.  Henry appears his favorite television show, "Too Cool for School," as his last resort to try and save his school. 

I have to say the young actor, Theo Stevenson did an amazing job at playing Henry, and added a real flair to the character.  I especially loved watching Theo's character, Henry and Anjelica Huston's character, Miss Battleaxe, interact together on the screen.

Will Henry be able to able to save his school from closing? Don't worry, if you haven't seen this movie yet, I am not going to ruin the ending.  I will say that is was a great choice for family movie night, and one movie the kids continue to talk about.  So, if you are looking for something fun to do with the kids this month, why not pick up a copy of this limited edition DVD, when it becomes available at Walmart on March 12th, with the slime case, and surprise your children with a movie night?  This limited edition DVD would also make for a great Easter basket gift.  However you choose to surprise your child(ren) with this new release, just know the whole family will be in for a treat, and a bunch of laughs when you sit down to watch the film. 

And, if you want to add more fun to the movie night, why not try making my homemade slime or play dough recipes below.  The kids will love them, and they store well for future use. :-)

DIY Homemade Slime Recipe:

We made more slime for all the kids to play with with a few simple ingredients -- Elmer's Glue, Borax, water and food coloring (optional for colored slime).

Once you have all these ingredients, there are only a couple of steps, and then you will have slime the kids will go crazy for. First, you want to mix 1 teaspoon of borax in 1 cup of water. Stir the two until the Borax dissolves. Then, in a separate bowl, mix 1/2 cup of Elmer's glue (1 bottle) in 1/2 cup of water (you can use other glue, but this works best). If you want to have colored slime, then you will want to add a few drops of food coloring in the color of your choice to the Elmer's glue and water mix.  The next step is the best part, and one the kids like seeing -- Combine the two bowls into one.  In scientific terms, "When you mix the two solutions together, crosslinks will form between the molecules, forming the gelatinous polymer we call slime."  Cool, huh?  It always amazes the kids.


When your children are done playing with the slime, store in a plastic storage bag to prevent it from drying out.  And, if your children get the slime (which is non-toxic) on surfaces in your home, you can clean up with soap and water. :-)

And, if you have little ones in the house, I would suggest making a separate batch of homemade play dough for them to play with, while the bigger kids play with the slime.  Here is a recipe I have been using for years, to make homemade play dough.

DIY Homemade Play Dough


    4 cups all-purpose flour
    1 cup salt
    2 Tbsp vegetable oil
    4 Tsp cream of tartar
    4 cups water


In a large pot combine all ingredients and mix well.  Stir in the water and oil.  Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the dough starts to become dry and pulls away from the pot.  The dough should look more dry than wet.  Divide the dough into balls and knead.  The dough is very hot, so I just shape it into balls, then go back, knead, and add my color after it cools for a few minutes.  Add your colors and work each ball until you reach the desired color.

And, like with the homemade slime, you will want to store your homemade play dough in a plastic storage bag to keep from drying out.  I like to keep my play dough in the refrigerator, as I find it keeps better and longer this way.  But, you don't have to.

Disclosure: I was sent a DVD, Walmart gift card, and movie-inspired gag toys from the folks at Childs Play PR, to assist in writing up an honest and thorough review of this movie.  The views above are mine and mine alone.

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