10 October 2011

Mars Needs Moms – Review + Giveaway

Picture this:

Your 5 year old son is watching a movie.

Once it’s finished, he comes up to you and gives you a huge cuddle

And then says “I love you mum”

All of this, without him having done something naughty beforehand (and trying to get into your good books before you find out)

Sounds good doesn’t it? A film which makes your child think, contemplate life (imagine if aliens stole mum and took her to Mars?), plus you get bonus cuddles.

Well this was our reaction to the new Disney film, “Mars needs Moms”.

Mars Needs Moms

We’d seen the shorts for this film at the cinema a while back (I think when Cars 2 was out?) and thought it looked good, but with all of the excitement of it we never got around to seeing it.

When I was approached to review this DVD, there was no hesitation. It was a great big “Yes Please”.

What arrived in the mail was fantastic. A great big box which not only included the review copy of the film, but heaps of craft supplies to make our very own solar system. Styrofoam balls, paint, glitter, glue – all things my kids absolutely adore.

Here is a little bit about the film: Milo is a 9 year old boy, who wants his summer to be fun. His mother (Joan Cusack) has given him chores to do… which isn’t so fun. Mom has a rule – no broccoli, no TV. Sound familiar?

When she finds that he hasn’t eaten his broccoli, but instead, fed it to the cat, he’s sent to bed. After arguing, Milo wishes that he never had a mom. Later that night, his wish comes true when his mother is kidnapped by aliens who plan to steal her "mom-ness" to bring up their own young.

Milo stows away on the spaceship and sets about saving his mom… I won’t tell you any more… don’t want to giveaway too much of the story (but perhaps have a tissue or 2 handy – they may be required).

Here is the movie trailer:

After watching the film, the kids were super, SUPER excited to begin painting the planets.
Do you know how hard it is to paint a Styrofoam ball? I came up with the clever idea of cutting those soft disposable plastic cups (which were left over from one of the kids parties), to use as holders. Nifty, right?

Mars Needs Moms - Mosaic

We had to let the balls dry on top so that we could turn them over and paint the bottoms… which I finished off when the kids were in bed ;-) As you know, I’m a mummy who doesn’t mind a bit of craft.

This solar system was going to be a whole family affair, so hubby was given the job of figuring out how it was all going to be put together and hung. He ummed and ahhed and came up with a couple of pieces of wood put together in an x-shape with all of the balls attached with fishing line. Very good, Mister Man!

I rummaged through my fabric stash and found this dark blue fabric with little white stars which was perfect as the back ground, so here we present… Our Solar System!!

Mars Needs Moms 5Sam among the planets, trying not to get tangled.
Sam among the planets, trying not to get tangled.

Mars Needs Moms 7
And here is Amelia, a little bit shorter, but super happy with the result

And… we had a vote and decided that this was our favourite planet because it’s rainbow coloured and has a lot of sparkles.

Mars Needs Moms 6

The kids are now arguing over who gets to keep the solar system in their bedroom. For now it’s in Sam’s room, BUT only on loan. Next week, it will go into Amelia’s room.

The awesome people at Disney have given Samelia’s Mum blog a DVD of Mars Needs Moms to giveaway to one lucky reader.

Entering is simple. Be a follower of this blog either via Google Friend Connect, the Samelia’s Mum Facebook page or by RSS feed (all of the links are up top on the right side bar).

Then leave me a comment telling me:

What sorts of craft do you like to do with your kids?

For extra entries, blog, tweet or “Like” this post on FB (link is at the top of the post) and then come back and leave a comment with your link.

If you don’t have a google account, please leave an anonymous comment, but don’t forget to include your email address in the comment (so that you’re contactable).

Open to Australian residents only.

Giveaway closes at midday on Sunday 16 October 2011.

Disclaimer: No monetary compensation was given for this review. I did, however, receive a copy of ‘Mars Needs Mom's’ to trial and review. All opinions are my own or of my family, where applicable.


  1. We love to do paper crafts together, drawing, colouring, cutting, pasting, sticking :) So much fun :)

    I love the rainbow planet too.

  2. I am a follower and i enjoy making cards with my grandchildren also sewing with them,thankyou for such a lovely giveaway.

  3. we love painting and paper mache

  4. tweeted!/beejay_61/status/123289040769400832

  5. scrapbooking
    drawing/colouring in

  6. Great solar system. While my friend Megs & I sew, we cut our scraps up into small pieces & her 4 year old makes mosaics by glueing the fabric to card. Tracee xx

  7. im not very crafty i like to do collages with the kids though.

  8. Since DD is 25yo, we quilt and knit together! Older Grandson is 19months, we sit on the floor and draw together. Soon it will be time to introduce finger paint, play dough and other exciting pastimes!

  9. Drawing, painting and finger painting.

  10. I liked the facebook link and shared on facebook.

  11. Last weekend I made paper airplanes with my boy - his favourite thing to make!

  12. With the oldest 2, now adults, we did the painted foot/handprints on newspaper rolls, knitting dolly strings made into things, cardboard and paper christmas decorations that also included glitter, paint, pipe cleaners etc and of course sewn things as I sew. Pinatas(sp?) were usually made for birthday parties too :).

  13. We love playing with pay dough in my home. The 3 of us can spend hours creating and smooshing, and generally imitating life via our creations.

  14. My litle ones love pladoh, not sure if its what I call craft but they love it all the same. Miss 8 loves to make pom pom and hexagons!! Wonder where she got that from hehehehehe :)

  15. Gluing, my Mini Me loves gluing. She loves sticky pictures and and bit of wool or felt etc on paper or paper plates. She just loves it! She calls it glooping! lol.


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