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10 creative ways to celebrate “MAY THE 4TH BE WITH YOU.”

Guest-blogger, Art Truck Creativity Coach, and mom, Monique Sanders, shares ideas for “MAY the 4th Be With You” celebrations guaranteed to be out of this world.

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away… Star Wars fans started celebrating. Today, fans are celebrating new movie releases and getting ready for the galactic celebration of “MAY the 4th Be With You.”  Meanwhile, here at The Art Truck, we’ve been searching the galaxy for some out of this world arts and crafts to entertain Star Wars fans of all ages.

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1. “These aren’t the Droids your looking for… ” Does your youngling enjoy building robots just like Anakin Skywalker? Well, we love to Party like Robots, too, so contact us if you’d like to throw a droid-building party for your creative young Padawan.

2. Edible art is delicious. Host a DIY cupcake party and have kids make storm trooper helmets using marshmallows and food markers. Or try these adorable Star Wars Character cupcakes from Betty Crocker Website. Simple, tasty and fun! Or contact us to plan your Party like a Cupcake Chef celebration with a Star Wars theme with no stress or mess for you.

3. These pencil holders are adorable, easy to make and useful. The Chewbacca pencil holder is made out of fake fur, felt, googly eyes and a pom pom nose. R2D2 is made entirely out of felt (Blue, Black, Red, Silver and White). So simple!

4. We just love using self-adhesive art supplies during Art Truck parties. So, we’re really excited about peel-and-stick moss. It’s perfect for making this Dagobah inspired magnetic chalkboard. In addition to the moss, I attached used sticks, a wooden peg, felt  and googley eyes to a small wooden magnetic chalkboard. Kids will especially love the adorable mini-Yoda.

 

4. While you have the peel and stick moss out you can create an Ewok frame to remember your favorite moment from your Star Wars celebration.  The materials you will need are: assorted brown buttons, felt for Ewok’s hood, peel n’ stick moss, sticks, rocks, a  wood frame and a glue gun to put it all together.

6. Create your own little Star Wars world in a terrarium inspired by the dessert planet of Tatooine, the forests of Endor or the frozen planet of Hoth. Upcycle glass jars and have kids find materials to fill their worlds.

7. Do you need a Costume for your Star Wars celebration? These Princess Leia and Yoda headbands are super easy to make.
8. Every Jedi needs a lightsaber.  Make your own pool noodle lightsaber with a pool noodle and duct tape. Your young Padawans will love using them during their own Star Wars games.

9. These Jawa Candle Holder with light up eyes are super cute. You’ll need felt, paint, a battery candle, cooking paper and a glass votive candle holder. You can find the instructions at Big Kid Little Kid Web Site.

10. These galaxy tie-dye shirts are out of this world! Materials are simple: a black t-shirt, bleach, a spray bottle, white, purple and blue fabric paint. Just spray the bleach on the shirt and splatter with paint.

In the words of Master Yoda “Do. Or do Not. There is no Try.” We at The Art Truck hope these ideas have inspired you to do something creative during your ‘MAY THE 4th BE WITH YOU’ celebration. May the creative force be with you!

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These Soft Blocks will Inspire Creativity in Young Learners

When kids visit our Party Studio & Creativity Lounge they have a blast creating imaginative buildings and cities with a variety of blocks and building materials we keep in our cubbies. And we love that when it’s time to knock blocks down and rebuild, they make soft landings. Blocks made by Edushape, an award-winning company making creative, educational toys for children, are especially wonderful for imaginative designs, colors and textures. They are affordable, durable and kids love mixing and matching different varieties. Plus, they are widely available at local stores and online and make great gifts that moms will love, too.  Here are three of our kid-tested favorites.

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Wood Like Soft Blocks are lightweight and easy-to handle sizes. They come in fun shapes and even look like real wood. Kids develop creative thinking and basic building skills while creating imaginary buildings and towns with them.

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These adorable, stylish Build-a-Drop foam droplets have printed surfaces and can be stacked and balanced in creative ways while enhancing eye-hand coordination and develop fine motor skills.

 

 

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Textured Blocks have a distinctly textured front and back for youngsters’ fine motor skills development and adapts well for use with children with special needs. Make basic flat designs to trace or build more advanced 3D designs.

What will your child create? Snap some photos of their projects to use as unique greeting cards or social posts that will inspire others to think, create and build.

Happy Building!

Maura

Creative Play Offers Many Benefits for Children

Creative play is an important part of child development. Through play, kids learn about and experiment with the world around them and learn to understand and express their own thoughts and emotions. Child development researchers have found that play benefits kids in many significant ways.

Pretending helps kids develop their imaginations. Children begin to pretend around the age of 2. When they use an object to represent something else, kids learn about symbolism. They can assume a variety of roles, from superhero to police officer to princess, and experiment with different identities. Kids can also learn to work through issues they are facing in their lives, such as a frightening or confusing situation. For example, kids might role play about a trip to the dentist or practice taking care of a doll to be prepared to help care for a new sibling.

Creative play helps children develop social skills. Toddlers often play side by side with little interaction, but in preschool children begin to play together more. They learn to negotiate, cooperate, and share through play. Play can help children deal with different or confusing emotions and learn how to deal with situations and conflicts appropriately. You can encourage your child’s social development by scheduling play dates with other children and watching how the kids interact with each other.

Play helps kids develop physical skills, such as gross motor skills and hand-eye coordination. Kids who play are also less likely to be stressed and cranky. You can encourage physical play by setting a good example and engaging in activities at home and outdoors with your child.

Fine motor skills – control of small muscles in the hands, feet, fingers, and toes – can also be developed with creative play. Offer materials and activities that encourage children’s developing fine motor skills such as:

  • child-safe scissors, paints, brushes, markers and crayons
  • string beads, macaroni, rigatoni or wheel-shaped cereal on yarn or shoelaces
  • play dough or clay can be formed into different shapes and items either with hands or by using tools such as scissors or cookie cutters

You can encourage your child to play and think creatively by making a collection of toys and objects available. Kid-friendly versions of objects that adults use, such as dishes and telephones, allow kids to act out adult scenarios. Open-ended objects that can be used for more than one purpose allow kids to think creatively and explore different possibilities. These types of role-playing activities can be done with a single child or with a group of children to offer imagination development and socialization opportunities.

Let your child take the lead during play. You can become involved, but only if your child invites you to do so. Giving your child control and encouragement and showing them the game is interesting and important to you will build your child’s confidence and self-esteem.

Why not plan to come to our Glastonbury Party Studio and Lounge for one of our new Pop-In & Paint or Creativity Club for Tots sessions? Check out our calendar of events for dates and times. As a parent, you can rest assured all of our Art Truck activities focus on helping children work on those critical developmental skills – of course as far as they’re concerned – it’s all just creative fun!