Encouraging Passion with Help from Disney Planes the Movie

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Back in May, my four year old son, Sam, started t-ball. While he has played soccer twice, t-ball was a new experience. Prior to his first practice he had never even seen a game! Mike and I wanted him to continue learning how to be a team player, as well as making new friends and learning a new sport. As he grows older, we want him to have courage to try something new. 

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Sam wasn’t too sure at first how he felt about it to be honest. He actually started crying the first day. I felt horrible — it’s hard to see your kids hurt or struggle with something, even when you know they’ll ultimately have fun. The first few games, Mike and I took turns with him on the field. He wouldn’t run the bases unless one of us was with him. He also didn’t speak with any of the other players. For a moment, I questioned our choice to pursue t-ball. 

Sam and Mike T-Ball Together

After the first week, we came home and I suggested a family movie night with one of his favorites: Disney Planes. He adores Planes — so much so that his 5th birthday party later this month will feature characters from the movie! After some popcorn and the movie, I was able to encourage Sam to give t-ball a try. Just like his favorite characters who overcome adversity, he could explore and try something new. I told him he might really like it! {He was still skeptical at this point!} I reminded him that in Planes the Movie, all the Disney characters have courage, including one of his favorites, Dusty. 

T-Ball Game Hit

Sam at T-Ball Game

Flash forward: Sam’s last t-ball game of the season was this week. After our bumpy start, Sam ended up discovering that he loved t-ball! When we arrived for his last game, Sam rushed onto the field to greet many of his team mates by name. When it was his turn at bat, he hit the ball with gusto. When he was the pitcher, he gave his best effort to catch everything that came near him. I was so proud. At the end of the game, he won the MVP award for the game!

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Disney Planes Blade Ranger from Walmart

Blade Ranger from Disney Planes Fire and Rescue

Afterwards, Mike and I gave Sam a surprise we knew he would love. I shopped at Walmart earlier this week — they have a great selection of toys for the new Disney Planes: Fire and Rescue movie, which is in theaters this weekend. We picked out Blade Ranger to give Sam. He was absolutely overjoyed. It was such a great way to celebrate his success for trying a new experience and culminating a new passion.

Blade Ranger from Walmart

Disney Planes Fire and Rescue Blade Ranger

I’m a proud mama that we were able encourage passion in Sam with help from some of his favorite Disney Planes characters. I know this is the first of many more exciting ventures to come! 

Stephanie Keeping

Stephanie is in love with a boy named Sam. He has taught her that it’s okay to jump first and look later, to wear a dirty shirt to the park and to decide that today is a good day to take a nap in your rubber boots. She hangs out here blogging at Spaceships and Laser Beams and at our printable party shop on Etsy.