Will Star Wars ever go out of style? Unlikely. This year I decided to put on a May the 4th Be With program for school-age kids partly because I thought it might draw in some new faces and partly to promote all the different Star Wars materials we have in our collection. I kept it pretty simple – 3 activity stations, a scavenger hunt, and a book display. There are a million different ideas online for a Star Wars program, but I went with cheap activities that kept the focus on play, storytelling, and getting to know our collection. Here’s what I did!
Star Wars Name Generator
Your Star Wars First Name:
1. Take the first 3 letters of your last name.
2. Add to that, the first 2 letters of your first name.
Your Star Wars Last Name:
1. Take the first 2 letters of your mother’s maiden name.
2. Add the first 3 letters of the name of the town in which you were born.
When kids first came in they immediately wrote their Star Wars name on a giant poster I had hanging on the wall. I used the formula above. They LOVED this activity. It’s so simple, but it really got them talking and laughing. Kind of wish I had made name tags instead for them to wear around and take home. Next year!
- paper bags
- brown paint
- cups/bowls for the paint
- white paper
- black paper
- googly eyes (optional)
I got this idea from this blog post. Kids painted their paper bags first and then went to a different station while they dried or worked on cutting out the eyes, teeth, or sash. I also made two posters with Chewbacca sounds so we could practice together. This was the first time I’ve ever used in paint in a children’s program! I covered the tables with newspaper first and had a designated drying spot for the paper bags which helped immensely. If you can get the kids to only paint a thin layer they dry much faster.
Yoda Ears and Princess Leia Buns
- green paper
- white paper
- brown paper
- black markers
- brown yarn
- cotton balls
- odds and ends for decorating (sequins/feathers/jewels)
I could not find a Yoda ear pattern I liked online so my co-worker free handed this one. We made the Leia buns by tracing a cup. To save time, we pre-cut the Yoda ears, Leai buns, and strips of white and green paper. The kids got to put them together and decorate them however they liked. Some had feathers and beads glued on all over the place.
- patterns printed on cardstock
- glue or tape
This was definitely the more challenging station, and I had to help kids figure out how to fold and adhere the paper. I used the C-3PO and R2-D2 patterns from this website. After we made the cubecrafts I encouraged the kids to tell me (and each other) stories about their droids. I think this activity could be turned into a storytelling program for older school-age kids. Many kids went home with the patterns to make additional characters.
My co-worker had already made a Star Wars themed scavenger hunt so I adapted it to my branch and had it out during the program. Kids had to hunt around the children’s area using the clues on the scavenger sheet to find the hidden characters. The hints were about where to find certain types of material, so kids learned where the planet books are located, where we store the music CDs, and things like that. Each character had a letter which they used to fill in the secret phrase, “Read You Must.” Completed sheets could be submitted for a prize. It was nice to have this passive activity out so that kids could complete it while their Chewy puppets dried. After many requests, you can now download the scavenger hunt file!
A week before the program I put holds on a ton of Star Wars books and had a nice display for the kids to browse before, during, and after the program.
And that’s it. Easy peasy! If you’ve done a similar program, I’d love to hear what worked for you.