Sometimes you just embrace what they love, and you make it your own (or at least you try!). Bradley has been in love with Star Wars for as long as I can remember now! He has watched the movies multiple and any trip to the library will bring back two to three different Star Wars books. Chris and I have read the entire series over and over again. What better way to celebrate turning seven than with a Jedi Training Party?!
Bradley actually helped me plan the entire party. He helped to pick out the invites, the activities and even the party food. I think he is starting to like Pinterest as much as I do! We would just search for “star wars party food” and sit there in awe of how awesome and creative people are. Bradley would pick out the food he wanted and we were done!
Bradley’s big present this year was getting a bedroom makeover (more to come on that). So the morning of his birthday he actually got two smaller gifts from us, the more recent Star Wars movies, and a Star Wars figurine set.
After he watched one of the movies we set up the house for the party! As each child came over they received “Jedi Training Badges.” Each badge had their “Jedi” name, which was actually their name spelled backwards. They thought this was hilarious! I found the badges on Etsy of course! Bradley helped me come up with all of the Jedi training activities:
1. Attach the helmet to the Clone Trooper
2. Build a Star fighter
3. Complete Light Saber Training
4. Help the Jedi Escape from the Manaan Planet
5. Test Your Force Game
6. Save Han Solo from the Planet Hoth
7. Destroy the Death Star
We started with “make a star fighter.” Bradley made a model star fighter and then we made little boxes for each child with the pieces inside to make their own. That way as children came to the party they could work freely until everyone arrived. Kids got really creative with this activity! I also provided a large bowl with Bradley’s Star Wars figures for kids to use after their planes were complete!
Next was “Pin the Helmet on the Storm Trooper” I really don’t know squat about Star Wars. I drew a large picture of a Cone Troopers body, but on accident made Storm Trooper helmets to tape on. The kids thought this was hilarious that I mixed up the two troopers.
Then we split up into two groups: some kiddos headed to one area of the basement for Light Saber Training. I made Light Sabers out of pool noodles cut in half and duct tape. Then I got balloons blown up from the store and attached them to weights on the ground. We pretty much let the kids go for it and they didn’t disappoint! You better watch out!!!!!!
Then the other group headed into the preschool art studio space for some sticky fun. One of the planets in Star Wars is the Manaan Planet. I made a humongous batch of blue gak and then we hid a bunch of Lego men inside of the gak for the children to dig through and find.
I think the big kids had just as much fun as my preschoolers playing with and exploring the Gak!
The next activity we did were getting Hans Solo from the Hoth Planet. I printed out pictures of Hans Solo and laminated them. Then I froze the pictures in pie tins with Green colored water. The kids worked two at a time with little chisels to free him from the Frozen Planet!
We then tested our force! Bradley came up with this activity all by himself. I printed pictures of all of the Star Wars Lego characters. A child would come up and pull out a picture and describe the character without saying their name. It was his own Star Wars version of 20 questions. They each tried to guess the character and then the winner took a turn describing the person.
Here is everyone gathered around for the game.
Bradley demonstrated and went first for the Test Your Force Game, love their seriousness!
I love that he wanted such a big boy party, but wasn’t too big to dress up as Anakin for the party, and that his has a wrist full of rainbow loom bracelets that he made himself! Love this boy!
Then we headed upstairs for some Star Wars party food. We had…
Pretzel Rod Light Sabers
Yoda Soda: Lime Sherbert and Sprite mixed together (big hit!!)
Princess Leah Rolls (cinnamon buns) and Wookie Cookies (Oreo cookies)
Jar Jar Links in a Blanket (pigs in a blanket)
Death Star Donuts (Chocolate Donuts)
We also had:
Droid Parts (Chex Mix)
Padawan Popcorn (just plain old popcorn)
Jedi Juice (juice boxes)
The kids were so cute, they really embraced the names of the Star Wars food. They would come back to request more “Yoda Soda” or “Vatorade.” It just made me smile!
The last part of the party was knocking down the Death Star Piñata. Bradley and I started working on this thing about a month ago. I found the directions online to make it from scratch. We bought a beach ball at the dollar store and started putting layers of paper mache on it. I was so worried that it would crack open on the first hit that we put five layers of paper mache on this thing! Well it ended up a lot stronger than we had anticipated!!
Once we got the paper mache finished and dried we cut out a circle and pulled out the beach ball from the inside. Then I painted it with silver/gray craft paint and filled it up with candy.
I added a rope to hang it up and then sealed up the hole with silver duct tape. The last stage was glitter, lots and lots of black glitter.
Our plan worked! We couldn’t get this thing to bust open! The good part was that everyone got a turn to hit it down. The bad part was that the fishing line gave way and the Death Star ended up hitting Ellie in the head. Whoops! Next time a think three layers will suffice.
It finally did break open after we let the kids wack it on the floor with a whiffle bat. I think they liked destroying the Death Star the best of all!
Everyone left with little finger flashlights and their own container of Star Wars Galaxy Goo!
I love you so much Bradley Boo!! Please don’t grow up too quickly! 7 is just too close to 10 for me!!! Love, your star wars wannabe mama