I have never watched Star Wars. Shocking? I have seen bits and pieces and I have read my fair share of Star Wars books both LEGO Star Wars and early readers,but I have never honestly sat down and watched the films. That hasn’t stopped me from crafting and using the theme to teach my son important lessons. Here are 15 crafts and activities for kids inspired by Star Wars. This is a must read if you are hosting a Star Wars themed party any time soon!
Shape Yoda by Toddler Approved
Star Wars Peg Dolls by Pink and Green Mama
Bubble Wand Lightsabers
Star Wars Felt Finger Puppets by Make and Takes
Easy Star Wars Birthday Cake by One Perfect Day
Star Wars Themed Muffin Tin Lunch by JDaniel4′s Mom
Star Wars Spelling
Death Star Pinata by East Coast Mommy
How To Tell Star Wars Bedtime Stories by Mama Smiles
Star Wars Folded Flyers
Pool Noodle Lightsabers by Frugal Fun For Boys
Princess Leia Fusible Bead Craft by Mama Smiles
Star Wars Banner by One Perfect Day
Star Wars Stenciled Pillowcases by All For The Boys
Mini Lightsabers by Make and Takes
In our house many tasks are divided between my husband and I . Household chores are shared but when it comes to crafting with our kids that is almost completely my job. Years of practice with other people’s kids and a love of creating has placed my hat in that ring almost 100% of the time. Here’s the thing though I want my son to see my husband create things too. With a long commute , limited time together during the week, and weekends that fill up faster than I ever imagined they would it’s a tough task.
I don’t want to direct what they do, I don’t want to control their time together or make it a chore because that negates my purpose of them spending time doing something they both enjoy. I boss them around too much as is .
This is where Klutz Books saves the day. Cue the super hero music because they deserve it. Crafting is often seen as a girly thing and not only is that a total myth but we are short changing our boys by thinking that. Just look at my blog my son loved crafting as a toddler but to be honest in the last few years I have had a harder time creating crafts that speak to his interests. This Star Wars Folded Flyer book got an amazing reaction from my son when I showed it to him and suggested he and his dad check it out.
Something I wasn’t expecting from this Klutz Book was how much actual reading there was. My son is a great reader but he doesn’t always like to do it if mom tells him to. As soon as I told him he could grab the book he flipped through it read all the VERY tricky Star Wars vehicle names and chose which he’d like to make.
Then they got down to business and let them be. Which is hard for me to do. I would hear my son get a little frustrated ( he is younger than the suggested age of 8) and I’d hear my husband say maybe not the ideal thing to get him back on track. But I let them be because every child / parent relationship is different and where I may be soft on some things my husband is harder and vice versa.
I did sneak by to see how it was going and take a picture on the sly….
Here are some tips from my husband after they made the flyer.
- If you aren’t a regular crafter extraordinaire read through the directions first and maybe even make one of the flyers as an example. A few times my son seemed overwhelmed but had he had an example it would have seemed as easy as it really was.
- There are enough supplies for many flyers of each style ( 30 in total) so don’t fret if something gets cut incorrectly. Klutz has you covered.
- Don’t worry about making the wrong folds, just unfold and refold. The paper is super good quality and can withstand the manipulation.
- Having the Star Wars theme music on in the background would be seriously awesome. ( I will remember this for next time).
Crafting using all in one kits like this one from Klutz books isn’t just for parents unused to crafting with their kids , it’s also a great boost to your child who may have negative views about creating something. It’s an easy sell with their favorite characters attached to it. Best part is they are still working on their fine motor skills, they are still reading the instructions, they are still doing something constructive instead of vegging out in front of the TV and doing with a parent is still strengthening bonds . See why I said cue the super hero music? Wait it should be Star Wars music right?
Do you use craft kits? What do you love about them?
Are your kids crazy for Star Wars? It is just creeping in to our house but it’s taken over playtime at some friends’ house . With an upcoming play date I knew I had to turn the extra bubble wands from my daughter’s birthday party into some bubble wand lightsabers . This would be a great craft for a Star Wars themed birthday party. My son was happily playing batman and politely declined playing with the finished craft because ” Batman doesn’t play with lightsabers mom.” Oh how silly of me.
- Gather your materials. You will need an empty bubble wand, black duct or electrical tape, a silver pipe cleaner and a round sticker/ label.
- Start by taking the wand out of the handle, throw it away or recycle it if you are able to.
- Next wrap the silver pipe cleaner around the handle.
- Add tape, make sure to secure the ends of the pipe cleaner under a few layers of tape.
- Repeat on the other side.
- Add the circle label.
- Ready to play …just not with Batman