Summer is almost here, and if you’re like us, you’ve seen Moana more times than you can count. The soundtrack is on repeat in the car, the movie plays on a loop in the family room, and everyone is happy because who wouldn’t want to sing-along with Auli’i Cravalho?
Moana tells the inspiring story of a spirited teenager who sets sail on a mission to prove herself a master wayfinder and fulfill her ancestors’ unfinished quest. During her journey, Moana meets the demi-god Maui, and together, they traverse the open ocean on a voyage, encountering enormous fiery creatures and impossible odds.
We wanted to take the adventurous spirit of Moana outdoors, so we packed up a picnic and spent the day together as a family, telling stories and teaching the kids how to fish. Keep reading to find out how to plan your own picnic inspired by Moana.
A Moana-Inspired Picnic Lunch
Prepare a picnic lunch with homemade trail mix, sandwiches, pasta salad, and fruit. We love the idea of using mason jars or reusable plastic containers to prepare individual servings for each member of your family. This makes lunch on-the-go so much easier!
If you don’t have a traditional picnic basket, use a woven basket or canvas storage bin to carry your snacks and drinks. Line your picnic basket with ocean-inspired fabric, and fill with colorful plates and napkins.
Personalize sandwiches with stickers and printed tapes. It’s a fun and easy way to get the kids involved with lunch preparations before you head out for your adventure.
Craft your own picnic tablecloth by using fabric paint on burlap or linen. We opted to paint the iconic spiral from the sail on Moana’s boat onto our tablecloth as an added detail.
Make memories and teach the kids how to fish. Be sure to show them how to grip the handle of the rod, keeping it in front of them in a 9 to 11 o’clock position. Explain how the reel handle turns, and how to react to a bite.
Most importantly, have fun and remember that learning to fish takes practice.