Grab Your Lightsabers and Get Ready for a Homeschool Unit Study on Star Wars!
May the 4th is Star Wars Day and in October we have Star Wars Reads Day. We are only too happy to participate and add to the fun. We dug all around the Internet to bring you Star Wars activities, books, games, crafts, and much more.
May the 4th be with you 🙂 Couldn’t resist a little amusing geekiness there.
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Star Wars Homeschool Unit Study
Star Wars has been around since May 25, 1977. I remember going to the movie when I was young and it was so different from other movies I had seen. I really enjoyed it.
Every once in a while we go through a Star Wars phase in our house. We watch the movies, listen to the music, read a few books, play with LEGO Star Wars sets, and yes, we have lightsaber duels as well. We also dive into all sorts of activities that get us learning a lot about math, science, and more. If you have a boy who loves Star Wars, this Star Wars homeschool unit study is just for him. Enjoy!
Star Wars Books
You cannot have a unit study without books and reading. Well, at least I don’t think you can! We love to read and these books are perfect for getting the low down on all things SW.
Star Wars Board Books
Here are a few books for the youngest of Star Wars fans. These are great for starting out or to keep your little ones occupied while you work with your older kids.
LEGO Star Wars: A New Hope
Level 1 ReaderWorld of Reading Star Wars Escape
Level 1 ReaderStar Wars: The Force Awakens
Level 1 ReaderLEGO Empire Strikes Back
Level 2 ReaderWOR Star Wars Death Star Battle
Level 2 ReaderThe Adventures of BB-8
Level 2 Reader
The readers go up to level four so if you are looking for higher reading levels go here.
Funny Star Wars Books:
Don’t miss Jeffrey Brown’s amusing series of Star Wars parodies which begin with Darth Vader and Son – super FUNNY!
Or, this awesome book series which adds Shakespeare and Star Wars together (who would have thought!) for an out of this world/back in time adventure.
We loved both of these books and the books that followed. Hope you do too.
LEGO Star Wars Books
Star Wars Guides:
Ok, it is no secret that we are big DK fans–they make great books, don’t they?
If you want even more book choices, go to The Best Star Wars Dictionaries and Encyclopedias article.
Don’t forget to check out the Star Wars Wikipedia–it has so many links you might be there all day!
Star Wars Building Ideas
Get free building instructions from Chris McVeigh for LEGO Star Wars Boba Fett’s Slave 1, Death Star, Millenium Falcon, and TIE Fighter ornaments. These could certainly be used for some Star Wars play as well. (See our Interview with Chris McVeigh for more of his creations and to hear what he has to say about learning and LEGO.)
Or try these: Incredible LEGO Star Wars Designs You can Build
Free Star Wars App Options
Your kids (or you!) can play all of these Star Wars apps for free. Gotta love free, right?
You can also play free Star Wars LEGO games online.
Star Wars Crafts
There are a lot of cool Star Wars crafts out there now! And, yes, some boys do like to knit, crochet and sew, and those who love them can also make these neat projects.
Crafts are a great learning tool as well. Following directions and learning a new skill is always a win-win.
Star Wars Crochet Patterns
Little Yoda Crochet project with tutorial.
Star Wars Knitting Patterns
R2D2 Knitted Beanie. Free downloadable pdf instructions.
Star Wars Paper Crafts
Star Wars Folded Flyers has printed ships that you can fold and fly!
The Star Wars Origami set is great because not only are you building neat ships but origami is a way to learn math concepts.
Have you heard of kirigami? It involves, not only folding but cutting paper as well. I’m intrigued by it and think it is great for kids who are patient and who like intricate and detailed models.
Star Wars Origami: 36 Amazing Paper-folding Projects from a Galaxy Far, Far Away….Star Wars Folded Flyers
Starfighters Craft Kit
Special Papers IncludedStar Wars Kirigami
Journey to Star Wars
Cut & Fold Paper Models
For some wonderful Star Wars Snowflakes be sure to check out our Geek Snowflakes for Boys to Make post. You could certainly make them at any time of year–really cool!
Make an Origami Light Saber (from the Star Wars Origami book above) with a downloadable pdf.
Here is another Origami book that your boy might like: Art2-D2’s Guide to Folding and Doodling: An Origami Yoda Activity Book which goes along with the Origami Yoda book series–my son has read, and enjoyed them all.
Star Wars CubeeCraft: Download, print, cut, and fold these neat printables. Cubeecraft is sort of like a huge cubed head style paper character.
See our Star Wars activity and coloring books as well.
General Star Wars Crafts
Han Solo Belt Gun Holster DYI instructions.
Sew a Jedi Robe. Get directions here for a costume or just some dress up fun.
Try some Star Wars sting art! This symbol of the Rebel Alliance is the perfect project.
How about some rock painting? This craft is hot right now!
Star Wars Activities:
Make your very own play lightsaber with pool noodles. Directions here Great project! Super easy and really gets the boys moving.
If you want something a little different you could make the sturdier version of a lightsaber with pvc pipe and a pool noodle–I like that this one has an easier to hang on to handle but bet it would hurt more when you got hit with it too. Hope you like it.
Plus there is a small pencil version of a lightsaber here for giving out on May 4th or perhaps for Valentine’s day or, of course, you could just make them because they are neat.
Star Wars Learning Ideas
This is where a homeschool unit study really pays off. Lots of fun and learning at the same time!
Could a Star Wars Lightsaber really be made? Do shields stand a chance against blasters?
Read some interesting problems that would have to be solved before one could actually make a lightsaber.
Find out if plasma shields would actually work and if you could make them with today’s technology.
This is a video of a handmade Lightsaber that kids might enjoy watching. Do not try this at home (LOL)!
If you know someone who needs to know all the facts about lightsabers and other Star Wars info he might enjoy The Science of Star Wars: An Astrophysicist’s Independent Examination of Space Travel, Aliens, Planets, and Robots as Portrayed in the Star Wars Films and Books.
Here are some Star Wars Sight Word Games that are a hit with those learning to read.
Within this post there is a Star Wars coding game that is super fun to play.
Star Wars Cookbooks and Food Ideas
In case you are getting that snack-y feeling while delving into everything Star Wars, here are a few tasty treats to keep you going.
TIE Fighter treats, Yoda cake pops, and my personal fav–the lightsaber pretzel sticks and more are found over at the Pretty Providence Blog. Worth taking a look at.
Star Wars Music
This is an awesome Star Wars music and sound board that you can make mini recordings on. There are characters, weapons, vehicles, music and more and you get to select sound clips from each and make your own combination to play and share.
While you are having fun doing Star Wars stuff, why not play some Star Wars sound tracks from Pandora in the background.
Did you like this homeschool unit study? Remember unit studies are not just for homeschoolers, they are a great way to cover a topic, learn and have some fun too.
If I find anything else that just must be added to this, I will update it.
Oh, and if you have any favorite Star Wars resources that you want to share, please leave them in the comments below–we would love to hear from you.
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Here is some more Star Wars fun that you might enjoy:
Star Wars Learning Activities
May the 4th Be With You and Your Boys!