This spring we had a family movie night with Winnie the Pooh and the rest of the gang from the Hundred Acre Woods. Our easy family party featured Healthy Honey Bee No Bake Cookies, free printable Winnie the Pooh treat boxes, free printable Hundred Acre Wood’s Easter mazes and free printable Winnie the Pooh invitations. Read the full post to get all the details and host your own easy Winnie the Pooh party.
Disclosure: Netflix provided me with a streaming device and service in return for writing about their service. All opinions expressed in this post are my own.
As you may have heard me mention, Friday movie night is a weekly tradition at the Bren Did homestead. We enjoy making homemade pizza and bread sticks, snuggling up on the couch and watching movies together. It’s a simple part of my kid’s childhood that I hope they always remember. We use Netflix to stream our favorite movies and discover lots of new movies as well. We love Disney movies and a one of our favorites is classic Winnie the Pooh, that chubby little cubby all stuffed with fluff (remember the Winnie the Pooh theme song?)!
We may have passed the target age for Winnie the Pooh movies, but the honey-loving bear holds a special place in our hearts. I remember watching Winnie the Pooh movies as a child on the Wonderful World of Disney. Do you remember the character climbing the worlds like ladders? My daughter has always loved Winnie the Pooh and A.A. Milne books, and I have to admit I love his writing as well.
A Disney movie I recommend for young families is Springtime with Roo, a fun Winnie the Pooh Easter story that features all of the classic Winnie the Pooh characters. The movie stars one of my favorite, rarely highlighted residents of the Hundred Acre Woods: sweet little Roo! The story takes place on Roo’s second Easter, which may not happen when Rabbit decides he no long wants to act as the Easter Bunny.
Rabbit decides he would rather celebrate a new holiday based on his favorite activity… cleaning. (Hmmm, seems Rabbit and I have something in common!) Cleaning is not quite what Pooh, Eeyore, Piglet, Tigger and Roo had in mind for Easter, so they set out to change Rabbit’s mind. Friendship and kindness win out. Rabbit remembers how much he likes making his friends happy by being the Hundred Acre Wood’s Easter Bunny. The scrubbing, dusting, and mopping are forgotten and Easter is celebrated to the relief of all.
Healthy Honey Bee No Bake Cookies
A childhood memory I treasure is baking with my mother. I want my kids to have the same memories so I enjoy healthy kid-friendly recipes we can prepare together. One recipe we love making is Healthy Honey Bee No Bake Cookies they are an easy peanut butter graham cracker cookies that contains no added sugar! The flavors of peanut butter and chocolate mimic those of buckeyes, a peanut butter candy that is dipped in chocolate to resemble a buckeye nut. I was born in Ohio so I grew up eating buckeyes which are a state specialty! I still love the flavor but like to feed my family healthier treats.
Healthy Honey Bee No Bake Cookies are easy to prepare: crush some graham crackers, stir in peanut butter, coconut oil and honey then roll into balls. You add a bit of chocolate and slivered almond wings to make them look like honey bees or shape with mini cookie cutters. They are a fun recipe to make with kids. In 15 minutes you can have your own swarm of bee snacks ready for treat time.
Healthy Honey Bee No Bake Cookie Ingredients
- 1 cup finely crushed graham cracker crumbs (about one sleeve)
- 2 tbsp wheat germ or ground fax seeds (optional)
- 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter, almond butter or sunflower seed butter
- 2 Tbsp honey (I use raw, local honey for added allergy resistance benefits)
- 1-2 Tbsp virgin coconut oil
- 1/8 cup sliced almonds (for wings, optional)
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips
- 1 tsp coconut oil
Healthy Honey Bee No Bake Cookie Directions
1. Finely crush the graham crackers. I put mine in a large zip-lock baggie and the kids roll over them with a rolling-pin to crush. I sift mine with a small colander to make sure all the large bits are crushed.
2. Add remaining ingredients to graham cracker crumbs and stir until well combined. Add additional tablespoon of coconut oil if necessary to reach rolling constancy.
3. Roll dough into 1 teaspoon size oval. Place balls on wax paper lined cookie sheet. Chill for 5 minutes.
4. While dough is chilling melt chocolate with 1 tsp coconut oil in a double boiler or glass boil placed in a saucepan of boiling water. Stir constantly to prevent scorching.
5. Use an icing decorating bag or squeeze bottle to dispense chocolate. Make three narrow lines on each bee.
6. Place two slices of almond on each bee body.
7. Use a toothpick to make eyes on each bee.
8. Alternate Shaping Method: Press the dough into a 1/2 inch thick layer and chill for 5 minutes.
9. Cut out shapes with mini cookie cutters. I used an Easter egg, carrot and umbrella to represent the Hundred Acre Woods.
10. Decorated the tops with chocolate.
11. Chill your bees or cut out shapes until the chocolate is solid, about 5 minutes.
Free Winnie the Pooh Printables
I love making our family movies nights extra special. It’s so fun to delight your kiddos with simple touches such as custom invitations and character inspired activities. Luckily, in this age of the internet, it is easy to find free printables to dress up special events. Disney Family is one of my favorite places to find free printables.
For our Winnie the Pooh party I used their free pattern to create Winne the Pooh Treat Boxes, a Piglet Easter Egg Maze, and Winnie the Pooh Party Invitations. Didn’t they turn out cute? I use Matte Photo Paper in my desktop printer for the best color results. A few snips of the scissors, a little double stick tape and I had a great Winnie the Pooh party all set to go.
You can find other favorite Winnie the Pooh movies on Netflix including the Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh and A Very Merry Pooh Year.
I hope you host a Hundred Acre Woods or Winnie the Pooh party for your loved ones. It’s a fun way to kick off the Easter season. As Tigger would say, it’s an Easter Egg-Stravaganza! If you like my Easter bunny napkin rings pictured above, get the tutorial!
Disclosure: A special thanks to Netflix who provides me with a streaming device and service in return for writing about their service. We are long time Netflix subscribers. All opinions expressed in this post are my own.