Happy Star Wars Day! May the Fourth be with you!
We’re a little bit nerdy about Star Wars around here and I can’t let the day go by without some celebration. I rounded up some of my favorite Star Wars books and activities to share with you today.
Star Wars Books
There are countless Star Wars books out there of all different types, but these are the ones that stand out to me above the rest. Most of these are original rather than being another adaption of one of the movies/episodes and are not the reference type books with lots of facts and trivia. Those reference books are great too, but it’s usually pretty easy to find a handful of them by looking in the section at the library.
BB-8 on the Run by Drew Daywalt
I was instantly interested in reading this one since it was written by the same author as one my favorite picture books (The Day the Crayon’s Quit). It is a fun and sweet story about BB-8 that takes place right after he is separated from Po on Jakku. He comes across a lot of situations where he has to decide whether or not to help others in need or move forward with his mission.
Are You Scared Darth Vader? by Adam Rex
This one is a lot of fun! The narrator interacts with Darth Vader as you try to determine what most scares Darth Vader—the answer might surprise you! This one would be fun to read around Halloween time as it includes trying to be spooked by things like vampires, ghosts, and witches—but it’s definitely a year round book as well!
Everything I Need to Know I learned from a Star Wars Little Golden Book by Geof Smith
This one has plenty of sweet and funny life advice as it takes pictures from many different Star Wars Little Golden Books. There is about one line per page so it’s a pretty quick read.
This collection features short stories from Episodes 1-7, has plenty of pictures, and the cover is thick and padded which makes it feel more high quality. This one is a great choice if you’re looking to experience iconic scenes again and to have several stories in one.
I am a… series by Golden Books
These books are easy to read with not too much text per page. Each book takes pictures from across the saga to tell the story.
ABC-3PO and Obi-123 by Calliope Glass
I’ve only read the ABC one so far, but the 123 one looks fun as well! Each page features an icon from Star Wars that starts with the letter/number and then a short poem about that thing.
Star Wars Activities
Star Wars Would You Rather printable game
This is a fun, simple game you can play on Star Wars Day or any time you want to start a little bit of fun, nerdy conversation. The cards are free and I just printed them out on card stock.
Star Wars Lightsaber Force Wars
I got this one for my husband for Christmas as a funny gift. We had fun playing it together and my son wanted in on the action as well. You strap a lightsaber to your thumb and then turn the page to different famous battle scenes to have a thumb war following the specific guidelines for that page. This is the one we own, but it is actually the second one that has been made. You could also check out: Lightsaber Thumb Wrestling.
There are lots of great learning activities that I’ve found through Pinterest. They can help make learning a little more fun if you have a Star Wars lover.
Some of the ones I’ve used have come from: Hazen’s Home and School, 3 Dinosaurs, and Home School Creations.
Rewatching the Star Wars movies is obviously a good way to celebrate, but if you have never seen the Star Wars animated series I think those are definitely worth checking out- both for adults and kids!
Star Wars Clone Wars Seasons 1-5 and The Lost Missions (Season 6)
This show takes place between Episode 2 and Episode 3 of the Star Wars saga. My husband and I watched this series with our son and we all loved it. There is a lot of added insight and stories that help flesh out the world and familiar characters as well as introduce new, high quality characters to love.
Star Wars Rebels (4 seasons). Season 1, Season 2, and Season 3 are on DVD and Season 4 just finished airing on TV. That was the final season of the show.
The show takes place between Episode 3 and Rogue One of the saga and shows the small band of rebels who were fighting the emperor and how the Rebellion was formed. It features mostly new characters, but you get to see glimpses of a lot of familiar faces and it’s really neat to see them in the early stages before there was ever a Rebellion.
It was just recently announced that there will be another Star Wars animated series coming soon as well which is called Stars Wars Resistance. It takes place between Episode 6 and 7 and will have new characters as well as familiar faces. I’m excited to learn more about it!
These are the treats I made for Star Wars Day this year, but there are SO many other creative ideas out there as well! You can see some of them on my Star Wars Pinterest board.
I made the cookies using this Thick and Chewy Gingerbread Cookies recipe, made the fur design with a knife before baking, and then decorated them using ideas from various pictures on Pinterest. Since my cookies were darker the eyes didn’t stand out as well and I would do it a little differently next time.
I hope you found some fun ideas for the Star Wars lovers in your life!
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