Star Wars trilogies are some of the few films that both parents and kids will readily agree to pick for family movie night. Worldwide adoration of Star Wars has even led to the creation of two unofficial “holidays” every year, Star Wars Day on May 4 and Star Wars Reads Day on October 11.
Star Wars Reads Day celebrates literacy in the universe of Star Wars by encouraging kids to get reading through local
Star Wars themed events at libraries and bookstores. On October 11, the galactic action includes characters in costume, book reading events and more. (Find in the ParentMap calendar.) Star Wars Reads events
Whether it’s Star Wars Reads Day, you need a fun activity to add to your next movie night or you’re a parent of a diehard fan, here are 10 creative
Star Wars crafts, toys and recipes that will have everyone in your family feeling the Force.
Star Wars toilet-roll characters
Reduce, recycle and re-use the Force with these Star Wars characters fashioned out of toilet paper rolls. The creative Michelle McInerney at
Kids Activity Blog gives you the how-to for turning a toilet-paper roll into a base that’s primed for painting almost any Star Wars hero or villain. On the blog you’ll find Princess Leia, Chewbacca and R2-D2, and you can use your imagination for even more favorites.
DIY Star Wars planet mobile
If your kids are die-hard Star Wars fans who can name the planet Chewbacca hails from, Jessica at
Mad in Crafts has the perfect project for them. The DIY Star Wars Planet Mobile takes a solar system craft kit and turns it into a galaxy far, far away. Jessica not only provides excellent instructions with accurate paint colors for the planets of Star Wars, she also gives you tips on finishing touches to make it truly out-of-this-world.
A quick, easy, and tasty
Star Wars craft — what else could you ask for? Head to JustJenn Recipes and you’ll find not only the instructions for turning a maple bar into a Wookiee, but also over 40 Star Wars-themed recipes. If you have a Force-filled birthday party or movie night in your future, there’s no better place to find the food you’re looking for to make it a perfect party.
Star Wars finger puppets
Dollar Store Crafts knows how to get a lot of Star Wars bang for your buck with these quick and cheap finger puppets. With just felt, glue and googly eyes, you can turn a few sheets of felt into Obi-Wan Kenobi, Princess Leia and Yoda. You’ll see Star Wars in a whole new light when it’s played out on your kids’ fingertips.
Even the youngest
Star Wars fans can learn about shapes with the help of Yoda and Kristina at Toddler Approved. The Yoda Shape Craft gives your kids the chance to talk about shapes and colors while piecing together circles, triangles and more to create their own Jedi Master masterpiece.
Princess Leia headbands
Forget spending way too much money on a Princess Leia wig for Halloween or playtime. For this ingeniously simple headband from
Nerd Craft Librarian, all you need is construction paper, a stapler, scissors and your little Star Wars fans can transform into the princess (or Yoda) in almost no time at all.
Action figure terrariums
Stellar Four’s detailed walkthrough for an action figure terrarium is a great project for older kids or parents who want to turn some well-loved toys into art for a bedroom or playroom. Not only is the craft a creative way to keep jars and toys out of the landfill, the terrarium is a one-of-a-kind piece of décor that any Star Wars fan will be proud to display.
Star Wars books call for a bookmark that makes a statement — or a roar! These Chewbacca bookmarks on
MomStart are crafted out of sturdy foam sheets and an easy-to-use template to piece it all together.
Pretty Providence has the ideal frozen snack to add some pop to a Star Wars movie night or birthday party. With just felt, scissors, and glue, popsicles turn into lightsabers that are certain to delight Star Wars fans young and old (and might even inspire a battle or two).
Star Wars peg dolls
If the grown-up Star Wars fans in the house don’t want to share their vintage action figures, the sturdy Star Wars peg dolls on
Pink and Green Mama will give young kids a Han Solo to call their own. While painting the small dolls to get their look just right might be time-consuming, the hours of play later will be well worth it. MaryLea’s expert tips will help you create unique Star Wars figures that will mean more to your kids than any toy you can buy in a store.
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