'Inside Out'-Inspired Core Memory Pictures

This past weekend my nephews asked me to see Inside Out, the latest offering from Disney-Pixar, and I’m so glad they did. Like many others across the country I loved it; sometimes I found myself laughing a lot, sometimes I found myself tearing up a bit but the whole time I had a big smile on my face, just like my nephews had. As soon as we walked out of the theater I knew we needed some Inside Out-inspired craft projects.

A quick glance across some of my favorite parenting blogs and I found some wonderful activity sheets being shared, like these coloring pages found on See Mom Click. Disney’s website also offer downloads and activities, too. If your children find themselves needing even more Inside Out DIY projects, have them create a set of their own core memories to save. Using a plain, circular wooden disc as a frame, your children can have fun drawing special memories that you can hold on to and share with them as they grow up so they don’t forget the little things that made them smile long ago.


  • 6.5-inch wooden circle
  • Bowl just smaller than the wooden circle shape
  • White cardstock
  • Markers, crayons or colored pencils
  • Mod Podge
  • Paintbrush
  • Scissors


Start out by turning a bowl over and tracing around the top onto a piece of white cardstock. Remove and stickers or labels from the wooden disc.

Next, it’s time to get creative. Have your child draw some of their favorite experiences within the traced circle. What matters most to them?

Once the picture is complete, cut out the circle.

Attach the drawing to the “core memory frame” by applying a light coating of Mod Podge to the back of the picture. Turn over and place onto the wooden disc, smoothing out any bubbles that may develop. Let dry. Continue this process to create as many memories as you like. I added a coat of Mod Podge to the front of my core memory (adopting our cat) to make the markers smear a bit for a dreamier look. Save the core memories in a drawstring bag, in tribute to the bag Bing Bong let Joy use to carry Riley’s core memories, for your children to hold onto.


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