As a mom to two inquisitive toddlers, I always look for a creative approach to teach them life skills, help them learn, and to keep them entertained. Mind you, the latter is the most challenging given that they have a short attention span. I honestly thought finding an activity that will keep them both engaged at the same time is close to impossible, if not utterly challenging. Then I came across Movie Themed Dinner Parties, a fun twist to a traditional family movie night. That’s when I knew I chanced upon a gold mine.
While my little ones aren’t much into movies just yet, they sure do enjoy a marathon of their favorite show. So I figured, we can Netflix and Chill, but add in a themed set-up to make it more fun and exciting! To kick things off with our new tradition, we went Above & Beyond and got the boys set up to Explore, Rescue, and Protect with the Octonauts! Imagine having their favorite show, their favorite characters and vehicles with actual Octonauts Toys, plus yummy treats … and we got ourselves a recipe for happy toddlers. Mind you, things turned out as I expected them to be … AND MORE. According to our five-year-old, the surprise party was SUPER AMAZING!
So for those of you who are new to themed lunches/dinners like me, it is inspired by the show that you will be watching. The food that you will serve will feature actual food that was depicted in the show or at least with some resemblance to the characters. For example, because the Octonauts are a crew of animals who lives in an underwater base, our theme would be ocean or sea-themed. Often, than not, there’s also a menu and a food sign with a creative take on its traditional name. Check out my version below …
• Kwazii’s Pirate Booty – Chesters Puff Corn
• Pesos’ Penguin Treats – Gerber Puffs
• Tunip’s Fish Biscuits – Goldfish Crackers / Cheez-It
• Crab Sandwiches – Croissant Sandwich
• Dashi’s Rescue Net – Crispy Cheetos
• Shellington’s Ocean Sample – Raisins
• Tweak’s Rescue Gear – Gerber Lil Crunchies
• Professor Inklings Squid Ink – Kool-Aid
The food sign featured some of the characters of the show while making sure the actual food or snack and the new name for it pair well together.
What is it about the Octonauts that we love? They are amazing adventure heroes that fearlessly dive into action whenever there is some kind of trouble under the sea. They rescue sea creatures across the underwater world while also protecting the ocean. The show is very educational and features a creature report with actual footage of the aquatic animal that was rescued in the episode.
As for the toys … they’re Now Available at Walmart! If you’ve been following my social media updates or my blog content, you’d know your girl is a big Walmart fan. Talk about convenience and budget-friendly! So if you’re in the market for the Octonauts toys, make sure to visit a Walmart store near you or their website! If you’re a Walmart+ member, you can also opt for delivery from the store directly to your door.
The Octonauts toys would make a great birthday or Christmas gift, surprise treat, and even as part of a themed lunch or dinner like what we had. Make sure to check out the snippets on my Instagram page @koreandoll to find out more! Check out the description and brief review of the toys below …
OCTORAY TRANSFORMING PLAYSET – SRP $69.99
Let the kids explore and go Above & Beyond exploring the deep waters with the ALL-NEW Octoray Transforming HQ Playset! The Octoray features fast-moving wheels that easily transform into a HUGE 13″ tall Octonauts Mobile Headquarters that is perfect for sharing! It is beautifully designed, and sturdy and has many areas to help kids recreate scenarios from the show and discover different sea creatures. To top it off, the HQ lights up and comes with over 25 sounds and Octonaut phrases!
OCTOPOD PLAYSET – SRP $34.99
Go classic! The iconic Octopod is home to the Octocrew and ready for them to EXPLORE, RESCUE, PROTECT! This Octopod playset is the perfect fit to bring the little ones’ favorite show to life. Even more when paired with the classic Gups & Terra-Gups! This set features a Net Launcher that slings away toward any creature, a working claw, and a spyglass! Get the team started with their creature discovery with the Vampire Squid, Starfish, and Slime Eel!
VEHICLE & FIGURE PACKS – SRP $16.99
The gups are the perfect addition to the playsets to complete recreating their Octonauts’ adventure. Amazing quality, detailed figure, and very sturdy! Handy for little hands as the iconic Gup vehicles are 3″ in size! Let the kids dive in and race their way towards the next destination of the Octocrew.
ADVENTURE PACKS – SRP $8.99
Who doesn’t have a favorite character? What about a favorite scene? Let the explorers recreate their favorite Octonauts Above & Beyond scenes with the Octonauts Adventure Packs! Each pack features a mini-environment, a creature to be rescued, and a deluxe Octonauts figure.
OCTONAUTS CREW PLUSH FIGURES – SRP $7.99
Welcome the Octocrew home with the Octonauts Crew Plush Figures! Cuddly, soft, detailed, and 8″ tall, it makes the perfect lovey, cuddle buddy, and handy to take anywhere! Thoughtfully designed and made with deluxe fabrics as well as embroidered details. The figure also doubles as a storytime buddy! There is 4 Plush to Collect – Captain Barnacles, Kwazii, Peso, and Paani!
That’s about it! We were able to make new memories, have fun, and even reuse the toys for educational hands-on learning about sea creatures afterward. Ready to go Above & Beyond with the Octonauts? Let me know what you think!