Star Wars day is just so much fun! It’s a great franchise (I can’t WAIT to take the boys to the Star Wars part of Hollywood Studios after they get vaccinated against Covid!) and there are so many fun food and craft ideas out there, I figured why not take a week to do some fun Skywalker and Vader activities?! After all, fans don’t just celebrate all things Jedi on May 4th (May the 4th be with you), they’ve also added a day for all things dark side on May 6th (Revenge of the 6th- a play on the movie title “Revenge of the Sith” for those non-fans) so it’s kind of a week long thing anyway! LoL Have fun playing and learning this week, and of course- may the force be with you!
–Grogu hand print art: If you don’t know who “baby Yoda” aka Grogu is I’m not sure where you’ve been the past year- even if you haven’t seen “The Mandalorian” (which is a great show btw!) Since all things baby Yoda are cute, I thought it would be fun to make a craft using my little’s hand prints as his charmingly big ears. I decorated my toddler’s for him, and my preschooler did his own (I just helped him paint his hands!)
–Kid sized wookiee: Chewbacca is one of the iconic characters from Star Wars- but did you know there’s a whole planet full of wookiees called Kashyyyk? Of course this planet is also inhabited by little wookiees, so I thought it would be fun to make our own little wookiee. I just traced my little on brown butcher paper, retraced his body (after he got up) with a sharpie to add a bigger head and hairy hands and feet, cut the wookiee out then had my littles add “fur” by coloring with brown and black markers and crayons on the wookiee’s body. I added a face and a tin foil sash and we had our own wookiee friend to hang on the school room wall!
–Build a shape droid: Full disclaimer- even though we talked about droids and looked at some in books before doing this activity, I don’t think my toddler was super into the droid aspect of it. In fact, he told me he was building an “old fashioned train” soooo….LoL I just went with it- my preschooler and I had a blast though! So basically you just cut out a bunch of shapes from different colored paper- be sure to include some larger rectangles, circles and half circles for the droids’ bodies. Then give your little a glue stick and have them stick shapes together to make their own droid. As they work, use shape language to build their geometry skills (ie. Oh wow! You found a really long rectangle to use!)
–Toilet paper tube TIE fighter: These were so fun to make and fit G.I. Joe sized action figures perfectly! You can also print and cut out paper Star Wars characters on cardstock if you don’t have a Star Wars themed pilot at home. So, first cut a rectangle in the side of a toilet paper tube. Then cut out octagon shaped wings for each side. Have your little paint all the pieces grey and black. When they’re dry you can also have them decorate them with a black marker. To put your TIE together, hot glue the octagons to either end of the toilet paper tube (my preschooler actually came up with this- it makes it a more authentic looking fighter, but the figurine doesn’t quite fit IN the ship this way) OR you can glue the octagons to the sides of the tube instead (my original plan)- this way the driver can sit inside the ship with his legs going down the tube.
–Tatooine and Naboo planet painting: These came out perfect and were really easy to set up! You just drop some paint on a paper plate (blue, green and white for Naboo or yellow, orange, brown and white for Tatooine) then give your little a piece of sponge to blot the colors together to cover the plate. When it’s dry, cut the bumpy part off the plate and you have a planet!
–Star Wars character jelly soap: We’ve made these before and they’re a huge hit in the bathtub! Plus it makes a nice sudsy bubble bath when your littles are done playing with them! I got the recipe from Gluesticks and just used our silicone Star Wars molds (also great for making chocolates and fun ice cubes!) to make it fit the theme. If you don’t want to throw down $20 on the molds (I don’t blame you!) you can make it “Jabba’s slime soap” and just make them in a cake pan then cut them into squares when they’re done setting. They’ll still be just as fun, I promise! NOTE: Because the recipe calls for using boiling water, I made these myself then gave them to my littles to play with after they were set. To make the soap, boil a cup of water with 2 teaspoons of salt added. Pour the contents of 4 envelopes of plain unflavored gelatin in a bowl and stir in the boiling water until the gelatin dissolves. Add a cup of liquid hand soap and stir gently so you don’t make bubbles. Transfer the mixture to a spouted cup and slowly pour it into your silicone molds (or just carefully pour the mixture into a cake pan) and place in the fridge to set. At bath time, carefully take the soap from the molds and let your littles play!
–Jakku (or Tatooine) desert sensory bin: This was a fun activity for not only sensory play but imaginary play too! We made up our own story about Rey being trained by Yoda on her home planet while battling a storm trooper on a dirt bike! LoL To set up the bin you just mix a cup of sand, a cup of flour and 1/4 cup of oil (we used olive) and put it in a cake pan or on a sheet pan. Add a few Star Wars figures (we just used ones we had on hand- they’re kind of pricey so you may want to just do the sand) and let your little play!
–Play-doh Death Star: I cut out some large circles from Play-doh using a cup, then gave my littles a pile of silver and gold sequins to use to decorate it like the Death Star. You can also just have your little decorate a “space station” or a moon if you’re not a fan of the name “Death Star”….LoL It is a bit much for a toddler, but mine is inevitably exposed to it through his big brother. As with any activity involving small parts- if your little is still putting things in their mouth, you may want to skip this one. It is great for fine motor practice though! I got my inspiration from Little Bins for Little Hands, but when my preschooler and I did this activity last year, it was tricky to get the washers (which they used in lieu of sequins) to stick to a ball shape, so I modified it and just made it 2D.
–Tatooine blue milk: Tatooine is known for its blue Bantha milk- so I thought I’d serve some up to my littles to see if they liked it! To make it I mixed 1 cup of milk with a tablespoon of maple syrup and 3 drops of blue food coloring- it was a huge hit! Starwars.com also has a fun blue milk pudding recipe you can try (as well as tons of other Star Wars ideas under their “creativity” section.)
–Y is for Yoda: Star wars is the perfect theme for including all those lesser used letters in your lessons- like Y is for Yoda, X is for X-wing fighter, Q is for Qui-Gon Jinn, V is for Vader…you get the idea! I went with Y for my toddler because Yoda is one of my favorite characters (except baby Yoda definitely beats him out- sorry Jedi Master!) I just drew a large Y on a sheet of paper, added a Yoda for fun, and had him sticker the Y to practice making the letter. You can also have your little use a do-a-dot marker to make the Y.
–Coloring page: Every once in awhile I like to throw a coloring page in with our learning- and this week I got my second Covid shot so I knew I was going to probably be pooped for at least a day and wanted something quick and easy- but still meaningful- for my littles to do (after all, you only learn to color well through practice! And it’s a skill they’ll use all through elementary school). Enter Star Wars coloring pages! This activity pack from Teachers Pay Teachers also came with a few other game pages older kiddos (or grown ups!) would enjoy!
- paper plate
- silicone star wars molds (or an ice cube tray)
- liquid soap
- blue food coloring
- vanilla or maple syrup
- various sized rocks (about 10)
- toilet paper tube
- star wars figurines