Photo Credit: My daughter and husband
Using her drawn letters and a computer generated background (very Star Wars appropriate!)
My children didn't have a chance. Their DNA was hardwired to love Star Wars. While I adored the original Star Wars Trilogy growing up, my husband is the main Star Wars geek of the house (with my daughters steadily closing the gap).
We have been celebrating May the 4th for years with candy, popcorn, Star Wars themed trinkets, and, of course, the movies. My goal this year is to incorporate more of the things we value as a family (the outdoors, minimalism, self-directed, layered learning, play, and healthy choices for us and the environment). I am hoping to create a bridge between our holistic lifestyle and our love for science-fiction and the stories of Star Wars.
Here are the 7 Star Wars Themed Activities we Will use to broaden our Star Wars Expereince
1. Star Wars Arts and Crafts
There are quite a few books and webpages dedicated to Star Wars crafts, but we really love the Star Wars Mania book (affiliate linked). There are many projects in this book that re-use household items such as toilet paper rolls, paper towel rolls, egg crates, and aluminum cans, Additionally, many of the other items, such as pipe cleaners, felt, googley eyes, metal washers, or paint stir sticks, are pretty inexpensive if you don't already have them lying around.
Additionally, having the book allows my older ones to self-direct and practice following step-by-step directions (with a few creative liberties). Typically, the art we do is more open-ended and free-concept, so it is nice to occasionally have projects that necessitate directions be more or less followed. While we are raising creative free-thinkers, it is sometimes necessary in life to just follow the directions (like building Ikea furniture:-).
The only problem with this book is that my kids want to make every singe project. We have been using this book daily for the past week and still, my girls can't wait to make things like the tin can C3PO and the salt dough Jabba the Hutt!
2. Healthy Star Wars Snacks
As usually, we will be making popcorn while viewing the movies. There are many ways to make popcorn that's healthy and can meet all kinds of tastes (27 Healthy Popcorn Recipes to Cure Any Snack Attack).
Additionally, while we are enaging in activities throughout the day, we will have some simple snacks available for healthier grazing.
3. Star Wars Yoga
For some reason we have started calling this Yoda Yoga. We like alliteration, I guess. Whatever you want to call it, this is a great way to incorporate yoga into your Star Wars filled day.
We used some of the crafts (props) we made from the Star Wars Mania book and dressed like Han and Leia. The poses we used are from a free printable of Star Wars yoga posses by BookRetreats.com, although we ended up having fun making up some of our own, like Degobah Tree Pose and Mindful Jedi Pose!
4. Star Wars outdoor play
There are a lot of ways to do this; the important step is to get outside. We will take our homemade light sabers to the park this 4th, which is an easy and fun way to ignite Star Wars themed free-play as well as playing a round of Light Saber Tag. I'll be sure to update this post with a picture of this later this week.
My girls also love to pretend-play with figurines, so we took some of our Star Wars figures, headed outside, and created our own worlds that we can visit all week!
5. Writing a hero story.
For my older ones (teen and tween), we are investigating what influenced George Lucas's hero driven saga. We will be reading excerpts from the following two books that my husband has already read and highly recommends (for those seeking to understand more of the background in creating the Star Wars Universe).
(pictures are affiliate linked).
6. Activities for transitions and wait times.
Even though we homeschool, there are times that someone, if not everyone, has an activity already scheduled for May the 4th. This year, my middle daughter has a full-dress rehearsal for dance. So, we will listen to a Star Wars podcast on our drive, and I will include these adorable jokes in her snack bag, by Capturing Joy, at kristiendukephotography.com.
Since my older ones have been wanting to learn cursive handwriting, we downloaded these great free Star Wars Cursive Handwriting Printables. I also printed the free Star Wars ABCs Handwriting Printable for my preschooler. At times of transition or waiting, having these printouts will come in handy and continue the day's theme. If you head to her site, YearRoundSchooling.com, she has so many other wonderful Star Wars printable packets for preschoolers through middle schoolers.
We also will have some Star Wars books on hand for different times of the day. Including this one that my preschooler loves, 5-Minute Star Wars Stories.
7. Finally! The Star Wars Movies!
This is where my husband hijacks my blog post to explain his preferred viewing order!