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Crafts

5 Minute Lightsaber

You will need:
  • One pool tube ($1 at Walmart)
  • Duct Tape
  • Small flashlight ($1 at Walmart)
  • Scissors or Knife (Ask parents for help!)
 
Measure out how long you would like your lightsaber and mark it on the pool tube. We made ours 29 inches long because it was 1/3 of Jon-Luc's height.
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Cut your pool tube on the marked line. Ask an adult for help if you're using a knife!
Start wrapping the bottom of the pool tube with duct tape to make the hilt of the lightsaber. Ours was inspired by Obi-Wan Kenobi's blue saber!
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Take the small flashlight (Ours was $1 in the camping department at Walmart for $1) and push it into the end of the pool tube.
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Turn on the flashlight and start playing!
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A Lightsaber for a Jedi Knight (30 minute craft)

What you will need:
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  • 1 LED Light cover plastic tube (T8 series. Got from Lowes for $4. If you have any other plastic tube they will work as well.)
  • Parchment paper
  • Small flashlight ($1 from Walmart)
  • Permanent marker the color you want your lightsaber
  • Small piece of aluminum foil
  • Small piece of flat cardboard
  • Duct tape
  • Measuring tape or ruler
  • Scissors                  
Measure plastic tube to half of your height. I am 5 ft 4 in (64 inches) tall so my lightsaber needed to be 32 inches long.
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Roll out parchment paper and measure it the same length as the tube. Cut the width to match the circumference of the tube. It may help to wrap it around your flashlight. Roll the paper lengthwise and slip it into the tube.
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Take the flashlight and permanent marker and color in the face face of the flashlight and let it dry.undefined
The plastic tubes from Lowes come with a black cap on each end. If you do not have that, you can measure the end of the tube. cut out a small piece of cardboard and wrap it in a layer of tin foil. This will allow the light to reflect back through the tube.
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Place it over the cap and put it over the end of the tube then wrap in tape to attach it to the end.
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On the other end of the tube, put the flashlight into the tube. (The easiest way is to pull the parchment paper out just enough to wrap the flashlight and then push it back into the tube. This will prevent the paper from tearing or wrinkling in the tube.
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Once assembled it should look like this. Test the flashlight to make sure it works.
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Now to make the hilt! Start wrapping the end with the flashlight. This is the time to make the lightsaber yours! Use different color tape, draw designs, what ever you want to make it yours!  (Tip: cover with at least two layers of tape so no light will come through that end.)
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Once you are done it should look similar to this!

Character Headbands

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Create a headband so you can play as your favorite character.
We made ours out of yarn, felt, paint, elastic bands, and a well-loved teddy bear who hadn't long left in this world because we had these things at home. They can also be made out of paper, cardboard, string, ribbon... Let your imagination run wild!

Pipe Cleaner Yoda

You will need:
  • 2-3 green pipe cleaners
  • 3 black pipe cleaners
  • 3 brown pipe cleaners
  • 1 white pipe cleaner
  • scissors
First, gather your supplies.
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You will start with your Yoda head. Wrap one green pipe cleaner around a finger in a twist, make the middle is just a little bit wider than the top and bottom.
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It's time to add your ears. Using your head as a guide, cut your other green pipe cleaner. You want the length to be twice as long as the span from ear to ear. You'll also want to fold the outer edges in rather than folding it in half, that way your ears won't be prickly on the ends.
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Slide your ears through the middle of your head. Then, fold a black pipe cleaner in half and slide it through the top of your head. This pipe cleaner will be used to stabilize the head and body. I made one side of my pipe cleaner the length that I wanted my body to be to help guide me.
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Wrap one white pipe cleaner around your body stabilizer. (Note, this makes your Yoda a little more complicated because you are adding in a vest. You can always use three black pieces instead.) Then wrap two black pipe cleaners around, making your body just a bit wider at the bottom so your Yoda will be able to stand. Take the ends of the stabilizer and weave them into the body.
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Now it is time to cover the body with Yoda's cloak. If you have used the white pipe cleaner, you will make a V on the front of the body by tucking the pipe cleaner in and wrapping it around. If you have not used a white pipe cleaner, you can just wrap your brown on top of your black pipe cleaners.
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You will wrap the brown pipe cleaners around until you get Yoda to his appropriate height. Now, you need to go back to the top of your Yoda and wrap around the back of the white pipe cleaner. To do this, you will have to tuck and weave your brown pipe cleaner around the V you made.
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Now you can add Yoda's arms. Cut a piece a good bit wider than Yoda's body and two small pieces for fingers.
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Wrap one of the small pieces around the longer green piece. Slide the opposite end through Yoda's body. Then, wrap the other small piece around the other end.
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You'll want to cut one small black piece for Yoda's eyes and one piece a bit larger for his feet. Bend them in half.
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Stick your feet in the bottom, twisting them around the stabilizer and spreading them apart.
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Stick your eyes in the middle of Yoda's head, making sure to spread them a bit apart.
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Keep scrunching and moving him around until he's exactly the way you want him. Congratulations, you're done! Now, you can play with your little fella or put him in a place of pride.
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Popsicle Stick Characters

This is one of my family's favorite crafts. We make them all the time. We used the painted ones as bookmarks. If you're using markers, don't use them as bookmarks. They might end up staining your books. :(
You will need:
  • popsicle sticks
  • markers or paint in the colors of your characters
  • pictures of Star Wars characters for inspiration
First, gather your supplies. We used this book, but you can also search the internet for pictures. If you have Star Wars movies, books, figurines, and toys around, they are great inspiration for this project.
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Now, draw the details of your character. If you are using paint instead of markers, you would start with your overall color first (black for Darth Vader) but since light marker colors won't cover dark ones, we have to do our details first. Here's what Darth Vader's details look like.
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Once you're finished with details, you'll fill in your overall color. When you're done, move on to the next one.

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Our characters were: R2-D2, C-3PO, Yoda, Darth Vader, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Luke Sykwalker, Rey, Kylo Ren, Emperor Palpatine, The Mandolorian with The Child, and Chewbacca. Sam also made himself at the end.
Now you've got an amazing bunch of characters to play with! It's really fun to act out the movies with them.

Keep the Galaxy hydrated with a X-Wing Water Bottle!

You will need:
  • White Paper
  • Black Paper
  • Tape: I used Yellow, Red, and Black tape, but clear will work too!
  • 2 Q-tips
  • 1 water bottle
  • Ruler
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Cut out our paper into the shapes you need:
For a 16 oz bottle you will need
  • 2 wing pieces (9 in long, 2 in sides, 2 1/2 in high in the middle
  • 1 6 x 9 in white rectangle
  • 4 2 x 2 in black rectangles 
  • 1 black hexagon
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First, wrap bottle from the neck down with 6 x 9 white rectangle.  Tape the seam.
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Color or tape the ends of the wings whatever color you want! I used red so mine would look like Poe Dameron's X-Wing.
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Fold each wing in half and figure out where you want them on each side of the bottle.
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Open your wing and tape the middle crease. Flip your bottle over and do the same thing on the other side. on each side of the bottle.
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Curl the black squares into small tubes to make engines. I used a pencil to help me make mine! Tape them close to the bottle on the wing.
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Glue or tape the hexagon between the wings on one side to make the cockpit.
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Tape your stripes down the middle of your bottle on either side of the hexagon. This can be any color you want. If you don't have colored tape, you can always color your paper or tape.
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To make the blasters, cut two Q-tips in half. Tape one on the inside end of each wing.
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Customize! Make this X-Wing your own by adding whatever you would like! I added a Rebel Alliance symbol to mine.
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Great job! Enjoy your awesome new water bottle!
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Watch Let's Make Star Wars, the YouTube Channel from Star Wars Kids

Snacks

Boba Fett Fruit Plate

Every Mandalorian needs to refuel and stay healthy. Here's a Boba Fett-inspired fruit plate to keep the bounty hunters ready for action.
To make your own Boba Fett fruit plate, you will need:
1 cup green grapes, sliced in half
1/4 cup strawberries, thinly sliced
1/4 cup blueberries
Use the image to place your fruit in the shape of the famous Mandalorian.
 

Try to make other characters out of fruits or vegetables!

Character Cupcakes with Miss Molly and Jon-Luc

Here are the steps to make some of your own cupcakes!
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You will need:
1 box of cake mix (mix according to directions)
1 jar vanilla frosting
1 jar chocolate frosting
food coloring
Oreo (Leia)
Grapes (Yoda)
Yellow sprinkles or candy pieces (Jawa)
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We used King Arthur Flour- Gluten Free Vanilla Cake mix, and Duncan Hines Whipped Vanilla and Chocolate Icing, but if you do not want to use a box mix here are our favorite recipes for cake and frosting. Make cupcakes following the instructions or recipe.
After we baked our cupcakes and let them cool, we started decorating. Here is the break down of each kind we made

Princess Leia
 

We started off covering our cupcake with white frosting
Then we got our colors started for piping! We mixed black for the hair and eyes, and pink for her smile. We used a sandwich bag with a small cut in one of the bottom corners as our piping bag.
Then we piped our colors and made the face.
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After we made our face we put some frosting on the sides of two oreos and attached them to either side of her face to make her hair.

 

 

Jawa

We used chocolate frosting for the Jawa!
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We covered the cupcake with the chocolate frosting, and then made a circle of black frosting in the middle.
We also used 2 yellow Gobstoppers to make the eyes. You could use some yellow sprinkles or M&M's as well. 
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Once we added the eyes we had a funny little scavenger:
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Try to make your favorite characters!

Chocolate Chip Wookiees

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This easy to make snack is fun and cute. All you have to do is bake some chocolate chip cookies and decorate them with brown and white icing.
Your chocolate chip wookiees will need a bandolier, eyes, and a mouth.
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Enjoy!

Games

Star Wars Trivia Kahoot
Email us at arly@arlibrary.org if you complete the trivia so we can make sure you're entered for a prize!

Books

All of these books are available on NC Kids Digital Library. Click the picture or the link to read online.

All of these books are available on NC Kids Digital Library. Click the picture or the link to read online.

All of these books are available on NC Kids Digital Library. Click the picture or the link to read online.

All of these books are available on NC Kids Digital Library. Click the picture or the link to read online.

All of these books are available on NC Kids Digital Library. Click the picture or the link to read online.

Online Storytimes

BB-8 on the Run with Daisy Ridley

The Galaxy Needs You with Ashley Eckstein
C-3PO Does NOT Like Sand! with Bobby Moynihan
Galactic Adventures Storybook Collection with Anthony Daniels
Chewie & The Porgs with Joonas Suotamo

Myths & Fables with Alex Honnold

Draw Every Day with JJK

Jarrett J Krosoczka, author and illustrator of several Jedi Academy books, is posting art lessons on YouTube at 2pm every weekday. Check out episode 1 below. Then, visit his channel below and make sure to watch his series on Jedi Academy!

Miss Molly Talks...

Miss Molly talks lightsabers and Star Wars in her very first podcast!