Disney Family Sundays

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Movies-inspired craft projects can create at-home fun.

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Educational Value

The host and families demonstrate various crafting tools and techniques as they complete their projects, which range in difficulty and detail. 

Positive Messages

This series centers on family members enjoying time together creating craft projects. The inclusive show involves racially diverse families and, in at least one case, a family whose daughter has developmental challenges. When tasks require an adult’s help or supervision for safety reasons, the show makes this clear. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

The host eagerly involves participants in every step of the creative process and assigns tasks based on age level abilities. Parents and kids work well alongside each other.

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Sexy Stuff
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Each episode’s project is inspired by a different Disney movie. The host offers a story synopsis while clips from the movie play and then relates the craft theme to the movie.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Disney Family Sundays is a craft-themed series with projects inspired by Disney films. With direction from the host, families complete the crafts (minding basic safety precautions when necessary), and thorough directions are given so viewers can do the same at home. The show includes participants who are racially and gender diverse and have varied ability levels, and the projects themselves require a wide range of crafty skill levels. Because of this, parents who plan on doing the crafts with their own kids would be wise to select episodes whose supply lists and skills reflect their own to emphasize the fun. 

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What's the story?

DISNEY FAMILY SUNDAYS brings families into a craft studio where host Amber Kemp-Gerstel’s helps them complete creative projects inspired by Disney movies like Frozen 2, Up, and Dumbo. Working together, the parents and kids cut, sew, glue, and embellish DIY creations with personal touches and ties to some of their favorite Disney works. Each episode concludes with a recap of the project instructions for viewers to replicate at home. 

Is it any good?

These projects range from fairly simple endeavors like melt-and-mold glycerin soap to more involved ones that require operating sewing machines, using laminators, and other more advanced skill sets. The directions are clear, and watching the families complete the crafts is an ample tutorial for viewers who want to copy the process, but because of the specialized supplies some of the projects need, parents might want to preselect the episodes they watch with their kids. 

Disney Family Sundays is thoroughly emblazoned with the Disney image, but it’s done in a way that doesn’t offend so much as it combines favorite films and characters with engaging family-friendly activities. Crafty and creative families can find inspiration for new projects here and can pair them with movie night plans for even more fun together.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what makes certain movies their favorites. Is it the characters? The stories? The imagery? Do you like comedies or dramas? Do you have a particular Disney favorite?

  • Is your family particularly crafty? Does this series inspire you to get so? If you completed crafts from the show, what new skills did you pick up in doing so? How do the arts encourage self-expression in unique ways?

  • How do DIY shows like Disney Family Sundays encourage curiosity and a willingness to try new things? Why are these important even in adulthood? 

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