Friday November 21, 2014


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May the 24th be with you?


May the Fourth was officially Star Wars Day, and I just couldn’t not write about it.

So, if you missed it, or want to celebrate it again, maybe you could go for “May the 24th be with you.” We’re still Star Wars obsessed around here, and our collection of lightsabers continues to grow. The fourth was on a Sunday this year, so we opted to celebrate on the fifth in order to incorporate it into our school day – Revenge of the Fifth!

We invited some friends over for a simple child-friendly celebration. My children loved creating their own Jedi Training Course in the backyard. I gave them pretty free reign with our lumber stock and anything they could find in the yard.

We had balance beams, tunnels, hurdles, a section where you had to transport Queen Amadala in a wagon, and another where you attacked Darth Vader (depicted by a bouncy ball hanging from the swing set) with your lightsaber.

Obviously, it was mandatory to complete the course with lightsaber in hand. The children had a blast running the course over and over again.

We also created mini finger lightsabers (a Pinterest idea) by attaching straws to finger lasers. While they waited for help with the hot glue, the children were also able to choose which Star Wars temporary tattoo they wanted.

Once we had them all tuckered out, they sat down for a picnic snack to watch one of the Lego Star Wars movies.

Due to the ages of our children, they aren’t allowed to watch the original movies (except for select parent-approved parts) but the Lego movies are a fantastic alternative, and they are hilarious.

There are many fun-themed snacks you can go with. We chose a simple fare of grape lightsabers (grapes on a skewer), Wookie cookies (teddy grahams) and Ewok gummies (gummy bears). You could also include Leia buns (cinnamon buns), pretzel lightsabers (pretzel rods dipped in chocolate), or a Death Star watermelon if you want to be really fancy!



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