We had a Star Wars themed birthday party for my youngest on the weekend. Eight 5-8 year olds came over for some Jedi training!
It was loads of fun, and really easy to organise thanks to lots of awesome activity ideas and some great Star Wars party printable.
My Jedi training assistant and I had the padawan run through a series of training exercises.
They had to:
We played ‘Yoda says’, which is like Simon says but with Yoda speak.
We set up some cardboard tube nerf targets like these and had them practice shooting.
I drew a giant Death Star and stuck it up on the wall. The kids had to shoot a paint dipped nerf bullet at it, blindfolded, ala pin the tail on the donkey.
The kids designed and decorated their own R2 or BB droids.
Inspired by this cool idea from Fun a Day, I laminated photos of Han Solo and froze them in a baking soda mixture for the kids to ‘melt’ with vinegar.
The kids decorated pool noodle lightsabers with permanent markers, stickers and tape.
The kids had to see how long they could keep a balloon in the air using their lightsabers.
Apart from the lightsabers which were a huge hit, the activity the kids seemed to really enjoy was the build a droid project.
Build a Droid
Building a droid was a nice quiet, creative, activity to have in between the more wild nerf and light saber activities. I was a little surprised at how long the kids worked on their droids, even with the lure of lightsabers as the next activity!
I was able to do all the prep for this activity ahead of time, so it was a nice break for me too!
To make the droids, I created a basic outline and printed them on some card. We made an R2 droid and a BB droid. Then I created some basic shapes for the buttons and designs on each type of droid, and printed several copies on regular paper. We cut these pieces out ahead of time to save time on the day, and also had some spares for the kids to cut out.
Then I just gathered all the printables, some glue sticks, scissors and markers and we were ready to go.
The kids each chose a droid and glued on various collage pieces, adding extra details with the markers. They spent lots of time working on their droids and there were so many great designs. The kids were all really proud to take them home at the end of the party.
Build a Droid Printable
If you’d like to build your own droids you can download our free printable droid templates and pieces.
These printables are A4 sized pdf files, you will need a pdf reader such as adobe acrobat to open it. If you are printing on US ‘letter sized’ paper be sure to select ‘fit’ or ‘shrink to fit’ from your printer options.
Please remember that the printables at picklebums.com are for personal use only, you may not sell, share, or link directly to these files.
We’d love to see your droids!