Awaken Kids’ Creative Forces with Star Wars Crafts

Your arts-and-crafts Jedi will love these clever tutorials, instructions, and project ideas we’ve gathered from across the galaxy … er, internet.

By Laura Quaglio

A short time ago in a living room not so far, far away, some very excited children – and, yes, more than a few adults — were breathlessly awaiting the upcoming release of the new Star Wars movie: The Force Awakens.

Let’s face it: Even if you’re not normally huge into Hollywood hype or movie premieres, it’s tough not to be more than a little excited about this latest addition to one of the favorite movie series of all time. While you’re waiting patiently (or not) to see the film, keep your young Jedi Knights, Princesses, and little Ewoks busy with these terrific themed craft projects that we found on the Web.

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DIY Star Wars Snowflakes

Whether you’re in PA or CA, there’s no snow right now — so why not create a little of your own? We bring you the “largest collection of [Star Wars] designs and templates on the internet.”

Mattersofgrey.com offers downloadable instructions for snipping out an impressive 33 Star Wars snowflake designs, including recent additions such as the BB-8 and Kylo Ren that were inspired by the new movie, The Force Awakens. Admittedly, they might be a tad tricky for tiny fingers. That’s why we’re also offering you the next kid-friendlier craft …

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Star Wars Toilet Roll Characters

Who doesn’t love a good toilet-paper-roll art project?! It’s always a bonus when you can use items you have on hand to help kids craft clever creations like these. Kidsactivitiesblog.com offers some easy instructions for creating Princess Leia, Chewbacca, and R2D2 using some acrylics, a glue gun, and those ever-available toilet paper cores! Bonus: After crafting these characters, your kids will have a great time acting out scenes with them, too.

Pool Noodle Lightsabers

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Pool Noodle Lightsabers

On the Muddyboots blog, you’ll find complete instructions on how to transform colorful swimming pool noodles into soft, gentle light sabers! This project does require a little help from an adult — namely to slash the pool noodles in half at the project’s start. (You’ll get two sabers out of one noodle.) But older kids will love creating their own handle designs with duct tape and black electrical tape almost as much as they’ll love staging mock battles with them once they’re complete. Spoiler alert: This blog ALSO offers fantastic Star Wars party ideas, including a Death Star piñata and complete instructions for a masterfully executed Commander Fox cake.

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Origami Yoda

Fans of Tom Angleberger’s bestselling Origami Yoda series will love checking out the complete instructions for folding their own Origami Yoda, Darth Paper, and other favorite characters. Complete instructions are available on Angleberger’s website, along with an invitation for origami “Superfolders” to submit their own Star Wars origami creations for all to see. Additional ideas and instructions are available in the Origami Yoda companion book, Art2D2’s Guide to Folding and Doodling. Who knows? These projects just might awaken your child’s inner bookworm, too …

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Perler Bead Star Wars Patterns

Does your child have an abundance of both plastic Perler Beads … and a colorful imagination? U-Createcrafts.com has collected a handful of fun patterns to help just such children craft perfect Perler creations of C3PO, R2D2, Princess Leia, and even the Star Wars logo. Once your kiddo completes these classics, you can search Pinterest for additional Perler Bead Star Wars character ideas, or encourage your child to find some photo reference and craft their own original designs.

Find a Star Wars Themed Activity Near You!

Want to channel your child’s forces toward good, not evil? Enroll them in a Star Wars themed camp or activity! Search ActivityHero to find lots of options that aren’t light years away.


 

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Make Wintertime Memories with Your Child

Bay Area: December/January spots are going fast. Don’t wait to grab your spot! Here are some great Winter Break Workshops to check out this year:

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HOLIDAY WORKSHOP: CREATE YOUR OWN ORNAMENTS
Laser Holiday Ornaments
by TechShop San Jose
Spend the evening with your child creating beautiful holiday ornaments using laser technology. These amazing decorations will warm your hearts and home!

Ages 8 and up
Sessions on December 8th & 18th, 5:30 – 7 pm
Starting at $45/class

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CELEBRATE COMPUTER SCIENCE EDUCATION
CSEd Family Festival
by Embark Labs
Fun for the whole family! This FREE one day event. Kids can play games and puzzles that will teach basic concepts of Computer Science. Awaken the inner computer genius in you and your kids!

Ages 5 and up
Held December 13th, 2015, 11 am – 5 pm
Cost: FREE

 

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ARTS & CRAFTS GALORE!
Winter Workshops
by Color Me Mine San Jose
Kick start your kids’ imaginations with super fun art workshops! Using various art mediums, your child will spend the evening sharpening their creativity, and will come home with certain masterpieces!

Ages 5-13
Held December 11th, 6:15 – 8:15 pm
$35/class

 

Cookies

BEST. COOKIES. EVER.
Holiday Cookie Workshop
by Cooking Camp for Tweens & Teens
Come join our long standing tradition! Spend a few hours with your child whipping up gingerbread men, sugar cookies, and more!  Take home the delicious treats and share them with the rest of your family. They will surely be impressed!

Ages 10 and up
Held December 22nd, 10 am – 1 pm
$62/class

 

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ORIGAMI EXTRAVAGANZA!
Family Origami Night
by The Art Beat
Explore the age-old art of paper folding!  In this 2 hour workshop, you will learn the basics of Origami. Take home hand-made gifts for the family, or decorate your home for the holiday.

Ages 7 and up
Held December 17th, 6 – 8 pm
$30/class

 

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LET MOMMY SHOP!
Holiday Crafting Camp
by Ms. Marian’s Dance Garden
Bring your little elves to Ms. Marian’s for some holiday excitement while you do that last minute holiday shopping! They will make ornaments and gifts, and cards, as well as receive quality dance instruction. This is a god-send to the super busy parent!

Ages 5 to 13
Sessions starting December 22nd
From $50/class

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STRESS FREE NEW YEAR!
New Year’s Eve Sleepover
by East Bay Dance Center
Why should grown ups have all the fun on NYE? Your child can bring in the New Year with friends while experiencing many forms of dance, drama, music and art. All the while, parents can enjoy themselves knowing their child is also having a blast!

Ages 5-16
Held December 31st at 7:30 until January 1st at 10 am.
From $135

 

 

 

 

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Winter Break Camps for the Unique Child

San Francisco: Are you searching for an extraordinary camp for an exceptional child?

This winter break, treat your kids to a remarkable, one of a kind camp that they will never forget. Act now, these camps are filling up fast!

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RELEASE YOUR CHILD’S INNER ROCK STAR!
Wintertime Rock Out!
By Rock Band Land
Your little musician can jam like a rock star! During this 4 day camp, they will form a band, write their own song, AND produce and record their music. Foster their musical creativity with this thrilling camp!

Ages 5-13
Dec 28
From $400 /session

 

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KIDS GOING GREEN!
Winter Camp – ENERGIZE!
by Bricks 4 Kidz
This 4 day camp will teach your child about the technologies for renewable energy that could keep their future safe, clean and healthy. Your child will explore the possibilities of sustainable energy that could one day save the world!

Sessions starting December 21
Ages 5-10
From $96 / day

 

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MY LITTLE SURGEON
Surgery Camp
by Celsius and Beyond
Calling all future doctors and nurses! This intense 3 day camp introduces kids to the world of repairing the human body, from sutures to surgery. At the end of the week, the kids will open their own ER and showcase the life-saving skills they have learned!

December 21-24
Grades 4-6
$380 / session

 

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MAGICAL ADVENTURES
Winter Imagination Camp
by The Rabbit Hole Theater Company
This 3 day camp will tap into the magical imagination that is in every child. They will breath life into their very own creative character and go on an adventure that they will remember for years to come!

Ages 4-8
Dec 21
From $250 /session

 

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WEARABLE ART FOR THE BODY AND SOUL!
Jewelry Making Camp
by Dragonfly Designs
Each day begins with an hour of yoga to align the body and focus the mind to open the creative abilities within each child. Then Campers will jump into the world of art & jewelry making, learning the process with which each unique and beautiful piece is created, from beading to copper etching. Each camper can create the perfect holiday gift for their loved ones!

Sessions starting December 21
Ages 5-18
From $85 / day

 

 

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Last-Minute Veterans Day Camps for San Francisco

Need to find a camp for the kids on Wednesday, November 11, 2015? Here are some options in San Francisco — but don’t wait, the window to register will be closing soon:

Make this Pencil Holder

Veterans Day Camp – FULL
by The Butterfly Joint
Ages 5-12, $125, Mission neighborhood
“Pencil Holder The woodworker’s will drill various sized holes in their very own hardwood pencil holder. They will also use a Japanese hand plane to shape and smooth their piece along with sand and…”

The World of DNAThe World of DNA – FULL
by Bricks 4 Kidz SF
Ages 5-10, $88, Mission neighborhood
“Using LEGO® bricks to construct cool models of DNA spirals, the children will learn complex molecular structures in fun ways while developing teamwork skills…”

wheel kidsFall Mini Camp
by Wheel Kids Bicycle Club
Ages 6-15, $95, Panhandle
“These one-day camps offer riding opportunities in Golden Gate Park, the Presidio, and ferry rides across the Bay…”

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Pirate Camp
by Rabbit Hole Theater Company
Ages 4-7, $100, Mission neighborhood
“Ahoy Campers! Pirate camp is about using our imaginations to create an original world filled with pirates, mermaids and fairies! We will make our own costumes, sets and stories…”

Art CampVeterans Day Camp
by Brushstrokes Studios
Ages 8-11, $125, Berkeley
“Veteran’s Day Art Camp is Wednesday November 11th from 9-5 pm. Cost $125, all materials included ($95 if staying till 3 pm). In this all day camp, we will sculpt with clay, paint a self-portrait…”

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School Break Animal Camps
by San Francisco SPCA
Grades 1-6, $90, Mission neighborhood
“All animal camps include animal care and behavior learning activities, team projects, games, crafts and hands-on interactions with animals such as dogs, cats, rabbits, rats, guinea pigs, chinchillas, birds and more.”

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Ages 12-18, $120, Oakland
“Your kids are out of school, but you still have to work! Send them to an Abantey Holiday Program! Abantey is an interactive storytelling game that teaches math, science, critical thinking, and…”

See all the camps & reserve your spot on ActivityHero now >

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2015 Thanksgiving Break & Winter Break Camps in San Francisco

Here in San Francisco, school vacation is coming up soon — half a week for Thanksgiving and two whole weeks at the end of the year. (For details about when school’s out, see the 2015-2016 calendar for the SF School District.)

These holiday breaks are a great time to plan a playdate for your kids to enjoy a new activity with a friend. A few suggestions…

Culinary DudeCulinary Dude’s Thanksgiving Break Kids’ Cooking Camp
They’ll make cinnamon sugar bread pudding, poutine-baked fries, meatballs… ’nuff said?
Thanksgiving Break
Ages 5-16, $105 per day
Tiburon
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Little Tree ArtFantastic Mr. Fox and Little Tree Art Studios
Watch the stop-motion movie “The Fantastic Mr. Fox” and make pom-pom woodland creatures.
Thanksgiving Break
Ages 5 1/2 – 12
$50/class
Mission District
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Rabbit Hole TheatreWinter Imagination Camp at Rabbit Hole Theater Company
In this 3-day camp, create an original character and go on an imagination-fueled adventure.
Winter Break
Ages 4-8
$250/session
Mission District
More details >

 

Want more ideas? Check out all the camps available for San Francisco holiday breaks:

2015 Thanksgiving Break Camps in San Francisco

2015 Winter Break Camps in San Francisco

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San Francisco After School Activities – Fall 2015

Great after school classes of all kinds are happening all over the city! Here are a few highlights of what San Francisco has to offer…

Navarrete's Black Belt Academy.jpg Tiny Tigers
Noe Valley
Ages 3 – 6

This Taekwondo class helps you develop your balance, strength and coordination — and focus on courtesy, respect, discipline, and following directions, too.
Free trial!

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Richmond District
Grades 1 – 5 (girls only)

Learn a variety of classic moves and steps to music with a strong beat. You’ll develop an ability to move with a heightened sensitivity to music, timing, and accent.

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It's Yoga Kids.jpg It’s Yoga, Kids
Presidio
Ages 5 – 8

Explore yoga poses, play cooperative games, and learn breathing and relaxation. Fun and non-competitive. Includes IYK T-shirt and eco-friendly yoga mat.

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Belvedere Tiburon
Grades 1 – 5

Beginners and advanced beginners: Learn stroke fundamentals, then incorporate your new skills into games like Ghostbusters, Angry Birds Tennis, and Skyball.

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Ingleside Terrace
Ages 6 – 10

What’s life like for kids in other countries? Take a virtual tour to learn Spanish language and South American culture through games, songs, and projects.

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Wreachout Rock Band.jpg WREACHOUT Rock Band
Inner Richmond
Ages 6 – 12

Learn cooperation with band mates, how to play your preferred instrument well, band etiquette for rehearsals and performances, equipment setup, stage presence and more!

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Mission
Grades 2 – 7

Create and star in an original opera. You’ll learn to write the story, craft the libretto, compose music, choreograph, design sets and costumes, and perform.

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Mission
Ages 5 – 12

Form a band, write a story and a killer rock song, and record the song. One parent says, “the confidence she comes out of each class with is unmatchable.”

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Pixie Hall Studios.JPG Cultural Mixed Media Class
Noe Valley
Ages 7 – 13

Set your artistic voice free with a range of crafting mediums and materials. Learn about history and culture with projects like book binding, doll-making, more…

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Inner Richmond
Ages 6 – 14

Have you always wanted to dress up like your favorite American Girl doll? Come in to design and create an outfit for you and your favorite American Girl character.

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Many SF summer camps still have space — but filling up fast!

Kids getting bored? No plans for the last few weeks of summer? Check out these great San Francisco camps that still have spots left for July & August sessions. Everything’s filling up fast so register right away.

Technology & Programming Camps

Design and Build Summer Camp
by TechShop SF
SOMA
Design and Build Camp introduces young innovators to software and provides a chance to bring creations to life using TechShop’s laser cutters and 3D printers!
(Sessions available until Aug 28)
Ages 8-17, 9:30am-3:30pm (extended care 8:30am-6pm)
Cost $600
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minecraftMinecraft Camp
by Sparkiverse Tech Camp
Palace of Fine Arts – Marina
Is your child obsessed with Minecraft? Have them grab a pickaxe and come adventuring with us! This summer we introduce a program dedicated to using Minecraft as an educational tool — MinecraftEdu.

Next Session: August 3-7
Grades 3-5
9am-12:30pm
Cost $299
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Creative and Performing Arts Camps

Dance Production: Musical Theatre Camp
by Ms. Marian’s Dance Garden
Geary Blvd – Richmond
Learn what it takes to put on a SHOW… your show! Campers will learn performance techniques in singing, dancing, and acting — the Triple Threat — plus production techniques: stage lighting, makeup, costuming, PR/advertising, set design, and choreography. Then create a mini-musical and present it the last day of camp!
Sessions: July 13-17 and Aug 10 – 14, 2015
Grades 1-8
9am-4pm
$350/week Register today and get 25% off!


modelModeling Camp
1300 Columbus Ave – North Beach
If you want to “discover the model” in you — this is the place to get started! Modeling Camp invites you to experience the world of modeling and fashion.
Next Session: August 4-7
Ages 11-17
9:30am-4:30pm
$999/session


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by Chris Babcock Art
5907 California St. – Richmond
You don’t have to have an exceptional talent to learn how to paint and draw, you just have to love art.
Next Session: July 13-17 (Sessions available until Sept 4)
Ages 5½-12
9am-3pm (extended care until 5pm)
$395

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circusCircus Camp
by FOGG Theatre Youth Conservatory
Woh Hei Yuen Clubhouse – Chinatown
This camp is an outside-the-box adventure celebrating the performing arts of circus basics. Parents write, “It’s so fun! We are so pleased and will be encouraging more activities like this in the future.”
Next Session: August 3-7
Ages 5-11
9:30am-1:30pm
$400/session $50 off if registered by July 12


dancersBallet Fantasy Camp
by Shan-Yee Ballet School
403 Arguello Blvd. – Richmond
Children are immersed in an exciting new story theme each week based on classical ballet stories, with an unforgettable end-of-week performance.
Next Session: July 13-17 (Sessions available until July 31)
Ages 5-8
9am-4pm (extended care available 8am – 6pm)
$375/session

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 Language and Culture Camps

njahsNJAH Discovery Camp – Festivals! Taiko & Dance
by NJAHS Discovery Summer Camp
Presidio of San Francisco
Just in time for the Obon Odori Street Festival, learn about Japanese festivals, traditional dances, and make a taiko drum. Design a lantern and Japanese tenugui towel, and festival fan!
Next Session: July 27-31
Grades 1-5
10am-4pm (extended care available 9am-5:30pm)
$300/session – $50 sibling discount
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frenchPreteen Summer Camp… in French!
by EFBA French Immersion Summer Camps
Lycée Français de San Francisco – Hayes Valley
Spend an unforgettable summer vacation… in French! With counselors from France and French-speaking countries, kids enjoy activities and games in a fun and relaxed atmosphere.
Next Session: July 13-17 (Sessions available until July 31)
Grades 5-8
9am-4:30pm (extended care available until 6pm)
$490/session

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Sports Camps

summer skateSummer Skate Camp
by San Francisco Skate Club Skate Camps and Classes
Various skate parks – San Francisco
A two-week skateboard Summer Camp touring and skating Bay Area skateparks. Parents write, “My son had a GREAT week, very cool camp! Thanks to Sean, Zack and the rest of the team, we will be back next year!”
Next Session: July 20-31
Ages 8-13
10am-3pm
$750/session
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fencingFencing Camp
by San Francisco Fencers Club
4000 Balboa – Richmond
A week of fun with a foil. Ages 7-13. Beginners welcome. Daily warm ups, games, footwork, attacks, fundamentals of defensive actions, and bouting with a partner.
Next Session: July 13-17 (Sessions available until August 14)
Ages 13-18
1pm-4pm
$400/session


SoccerInsight_2Soccer Summer Camp
by SoccerInsight
Paul Goode Field – Presidio
Camp groups are dynamic and allow kids to develop at different rates. Parents write, “Great camp! My daughter has participated at least 1 session every summer the past 3-4 summers.”
Next Session: August 17-21 (Sessions available until August 28)
Ages Pre-K
9am-3pm (extended care available 8:30am – 5pm)
$315/session

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