*This post contains no spoilers for Toy Story 4.
Toy Story 4 is one of the best movies this summer.
My toddler loved it, and so did my husband and I. So much so that we are really wishing we knew how it ended.
We decided to cut out of the movie before the end because my 2.5-year-old was starting to get a little rowdy and restless. It was nap time because, despite all the M&Ms, he knocked right out for a nap in the car.
However, my son was really into it for the most part. He recited lines he heard like an echo. He loved Bo’s sheep and of course, the new main character of this installment: Forky.
I was already thinking about it when my husband said I should get some art supplies and let him make his own Forky.
What a great activity, right?
There is some problems with this great idea though. Did I really want my toddler running around with a spork? Would the glue hold to the spork? Did I really have to go out to the craft store?
So I took the lazy way out and bought him one…to make.
Yes, they sell Forky probably at the Disney Store, and according to my sister even at Walgreens.
But that evening while food shopping at ShopRite I came across this “Make Your Own Forky And Friends Kit.” And honestly, it ended up being the best activity to do with my toddler.
Available also on Amazon for just $14.99, we were able to bring Toy Story 4’s Forky to life.
What’s In The Box
Not only can kids make their very own Forky, but they also can create other friends (not from the movie) like a milk box, crayon and apple character. The kit comes with each of these, along with the parts needed to make Forky.
The character is made from egg cartons so moms don’t have to worry about their toddler poking an eye out.
It comes with Forky’s arms, and body, along with a stand for his feet.
Inside the box also comes various “googly” eyes, small pom-poms, markers, paint, glitter, glue, stickers and punch out accessories.
How To Make Forky
Start by encouraging the toddler to color or paint the pieces first.
Then start assembling Forky. Stick on his eyebrow and mouth and glue on the eyes. Then let the little one take over and add any accessory like his shirt.
Attach the arms through the pre-punched holes.
All that’s left to do is glue Forky’s body onto the feet “stand.” Let dry for an hour.
My son is hit or miss with arts and crafts but was into coloring his Forky. He loved watching me put it together, and was excited to show his dad.
He is only 2.5 so he enjoys ripping off his arms and eyes. He then wants me to stick the eyes back on.
When left to dry again, he wants him to play with. He bobs him along while playing on the floor and likes saying “where’s Forky?”
He even cried today when throwing garbage out in the trash.
How It Measures Up To DIY Forky
Sure, I could have let him really make his own like in the movie. But this kit did the trick for us.
There are also other kits, like one sold from Target that includes an actual spork.
Making it by hand from the craft store has a bonus because you could use pipe cleaner instead of the arms. It probably is also cheaper and has the option of getting more than Forky made.
Still, this mom saved herself time and the patience needed to create a replica while still being able to create Forky with my son.