Don’t go over to the Dark Side…Come to our Star Wars party! Have fun with games, crafts, and – of course! – Star Wars books…plus have your picture taken with a Star Wars character.
April 8, 2009 from 4-5 p.m.
Prizes: Star Wars erasers, pencils etc.
Budget: $27.50. $20 for wrapping paper (20 tubes) from the dollar store. You’ll want mostly metallic, brightly colored paper, with a few rolls of silver or gold for the handles. You will have plenty left over for other projects – ours was gone in a few months. I was amazed by how many uses we found for shiny paper. $7.50 for two paperback Star Wars readers for prizes.
Crafts and Activities
– Build your own lightsaber!
- Materials: One wrapping paper tube for each child; strips of solid-colored metallic wrapping paper cut to size for blade; black, silver, or gold construction paper cut to size for handle; sequins, buttons, and other decorative items;Â bottle glue and scissors
- Instruct kids to put lines of glue along the long ends of the â€œbladeâ€ wrapping paper, then roll it onto their wrapping paper tubes. Once it is somewhat dry, have them pick out a handle, then put glue along the short ends of that paper and roll it around the tube. Add decorations to the handle if desired. Ta-da! A surprisingly sturdy and totally harmless lightsaber. If glue doesnâ€™t stick, add tape.
– Lightsaber training!
- As the kids finish building their lightsabers, have them pair up and practice hitting balloons back and forth to one another without going out of bounds (off the rug).
- Reward pair who keeps their balloon off the ground the longest.
– Thermal detonator hot potato!
- With bouncy ball colored to look like a thermal detonator, play hot potato with â€œStar Warsâ€ theme music.
- Reward winner
– â€œStar Warsâ€ trivia contest! Pass out trivia sheets, have the kids fill out their answers, then read them off as a group. Anybody who gets all the answers right gets first pick of lollipops.
– Booktalk whatever is left of our â€œStar Warsâ€ books â€“ picture books, readers, chapter books. Explain where they are located (Darth Vader popsicle stick).
– Book raffle! Have kids fill out lightsaber name tags and have one of the special guests pick the winner(s).
-Â Special guests! Have the three members of the 501st Midwest Garrison play the games, help with lightsaber construction, and of course get their picture taken ten million times.
– Have crayons and â€œStar Warsâ€ coloring sheets and word searches available on tables if kids finish activities early or donâ€™t want to participate (or get hit in the face with aÂ lightsaber).