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Playing Dress Up and Making Our Own Coloring Pages with the Avengers

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Avengers!!!

How excited are you about the new movie? Well, I don’t know if you can be more excited than Eva. Now before you jump all over me because we let the four year old watch action movies, you have to admit that Captain America is a pretty good role model. Eva loves that he’s such a strong leader and ever since we caved and let her have an action figure of him, “Cap” has gone all over Salt Lake City.

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So, when I got the chance to head to Walmart to pick up some Avengers snacks and merchandise to celebrate the opening of MARVEL’S The Avengers: Age of Ultron, I was pretty much in the car ten minutes later. Toys and shirts and themed food? TAKE MY MONEY.

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Before we let the kids see the haul that I brought home, we had a movie night to watch MARVEL’S The Avengers. It’s fun because we all have our favorites. Eva loves Captain America, Kyle loves Iron Man, I’m a huge fan of Dr. Bruce Banner, and I’m pretty sure Calvin’s favorite Avenger is Dr. Banner’s other half. I made a movie mix with the Avengers Cheez-It crackers and we had fun picking out and trading the crackers with the right characters. Note: I found the Avengers snacks stocked with the regular snacks when I was at Walmart, so if you can’t find a movie display up front don’t forget to scan the shelves.

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The big toy reveal happened the next night at the playground. I had this big plan to do a side by side photo session with the kids posing like the toys (that Hulk is for Calvin since he’s jealous of Eva’s buddy) but alas the kids were waaaaaay too excited and hyped up to cooperate. I blame the Avengers fruit snacks.

Instead, we came up with a game where the toys kept getting stuck places by bad guys and the kids had to rescue them in superhero form. Turns out, this is the key to getting them to do things that they’re afraid of, like climb the larger ladders. They were so psyched to be in rescue mode that they forgot to be afraid!

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Despite my photo plans going offroad with the toy and sugar frenzy, I got some really fun pictures of the kids playing with their new Avengers gear and ended up turning a few into coloring pages so they could color themselves as their favorite heroes.

It’s pretty easy to create coloring pages from photos if you have Photoshop, so I thought I’d share the process in case anyone wanted to do some personalized coloring of their own:

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1. Open the photo in Photoshop. I try to keep the photo files as large as possible when I turn them into sketches or coloring pages because it allows for more detail and prints up better.

2. Use the  shape tool to draw a white rectangle so that it completely covers the photo, overlapping on all sides. Drop the opacity of the rectangle down to 30% or whatever level allows you to see enough detail coming through for the photo.

3. Use the layers menu to add a new layer.

4. Choose the brush tool and select a brush that matches the thickness of the lines you want to create. Set your color to black.

5. Trace your photo, including only as much detail as you need to get a general idea of the picture. This can be a little tricky the first time around, but with practice it becomes a pretty fast process. I have a tablet with a pen that I use to trace, but I’ve also done this just using the mouse. Little tip: zoom way in when you’re tracing things like faces and hands. You’ll have better control of the detail. Just don’t reset the brush size when you zoom in or your lines will be all different sizes.

6. When you’ve finished tracing, reset the opacity on the rectangle you created so that it’s 100%, blocking out the original photo. Finish any lines that weren’t quite complete and you’re ready to print your coloring page!

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I should tell you that they’ve done some fun things at Walmart to make shopping for Avengers gear in preparation for the new movie even more exciting. You can download the Super Heroes Assemble app and turn your phone into a portal to exclusive MARVEL’s Avengers: Age of Ultron content. Keep up to date with the latest movie and behind-the-scenes action. Plus, scan Avengers displays at Walmart and Walmart.com to become your favorite Avenger, explore a Hulkbuster training facility in a cool 360 degree interactive space and to bring Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron characters to life with augmented reality. Starting today, if you scan the 12-pack of Dr. Pepper themed to the movie, you unlock digital comic book!

So, raise your hand if you’re seeing MARVEL’s Avengers: Age of Ultron this weekend!

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4 Comments

  • Reply Rachel

    Oh, me! Me! *Raises hand waaaaaaayyyyyy in the air* We’re seeing it later tonight and I am so excited! I just watched the first Avengers (for the billionth time). I’m partial to Dr. Banner myself (LOVE Mark Ruffalo!) and Tony Stark.

    April 30, 2015 at 2:21 pm
    • Reply Carly Morgan

      For real, Mark Ruffalo. My geek crush knows no bounds.

      April 30, 2015 at 2:25 pm
  • Reply Hope at Disneyland

    This is so cute! I wish I could get away with dressing up outside of DL for a photo shoot. lol We’ll definitely be in the movie theater for this one this weekend. We can’t go past opening weekend when it comes to Marvel!

    April 30, 2015 at 5:59 pm
  • Reply Summer Davis

    OK, I’m sold, I need Photoshop. Those coloring pages are awesome! I would totally never bash you for letting your kids watch the MARVEL movies. I let my kids watch them too, so “bad moms” unite! #client

    May 3, 2015 at 3:12 pm
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