Thursday, 17 December 2015

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Kits and Activities for Maker Families

Are you excited? We are. Very. Star Wars: The Force Awakens has been long anticipated and now it's here. What do maker families do when they get excited about stuff? They make things!

Some people can put together an authentic functioning BB-8 droid in their spare time. But some of us appreciate a bit of help!

We've put together a list of cool kits that maker families can use to make some cool Star Wars themed gear. Some of the suggestions are for younger fans who might not get to see the film at the cinema but will want to join in with the excitement. Others are for older fans including adults. Lots of us remember watching the original movies as children and are just as excited as the kids, if not more so!

Star Wars: Droid Factory 

The Star Wars: Droid Factory set includes a paperback book full of droid information, a sticker sheet, a poster and best of all, press out pieces to make BB-8, C-3PO and R2-D2 models. You even get wind-up bases to you can make BB-8 and R2-D2 move around.

The models do require some patience and dexterity to put together so this is a fun gift for big kids, though younger ones will appreciate it with a bit of help from an adult.

The Droid Factory set will keep kids busy for ages.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Sticker Collection

Sticker books are always popular with my kids. They've spent many long car journeys making scenes with Star Wars themed sticker books.

DK have brought out a sticker book to tie in with the new movie. It's good to see that BB-8 is the main focus of the front cover! The book includes 'free-stick' pages so kids can create their own scenes.

A good choice for younger Star Wars fans who want to get in on the action.

Poe's X-Wing Fighter Building Kit

How about making Poe Dameron’s X-Wing Fighter? This kit features one of the cool new vehicles from Episode 7. Poe Dameron looks set to be a popular character.

This is a model kit that snaps together so you don't need glue. It's aimed at kids who are just getting started with model making so can be built by kids from age 6+.

It also has sound effects which is bound to be a hit.

Star Wars First Order Snowspeeder Metal Model Kit

Need a challenge? This detailed metal model is a good choice for older teens, students and adult Star Wars fans.

It's a model of an Episode VII First Order Snowspeeder which you build from tiny parts (no soldering or glue needed.) There are also other VII models available: Kylo Ren's Command Shuttle, a Special Forces TIE Fighter and Poe Dameron's X-wing Fighter.

It looks cool when assembled and doesn't take up much space so it's a good choice for students.

Star Wars Crochet

We'd love to see an Episode VII edition of this kit, but for now we'll have to make do.

Could this get any cuter. Lucy Collin has put together a fabulous collection of crochet designs from the Star Wars universe. The kit includes the wool to make two figures and you can make lots more designs if you buy extra materials. I'm a very amateur Amigarumi crocheter myself and this is awesome. I have to make these for my kids!

This is a fab gift for a teenager, or maybe for a willing parent or grandparent!

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