May the 4th be with you! I’ll be totally honest with you. I’m not a Star Wars fan. I’m not a huge movie fan in general, but I’ve just never been able to get into Star Wars. BUT I am very much a fan of mixing up my sensory bin ideas and play dough kits. Since everyone else in my family loves Star Wars, I decided to celebrate May the 4th by making my kids a Free Star Wars Printable Set for Pretend Play. If your kids love Star Wars, too, but don’t have a Star Wars play set, you’ll want to easily print and cut these adorable figurines so your kids can celebrate, too! Princess Leia, Luke Skywalker, and even Darth Vader never looked so cute!
Learning Through Sensory Play in Preschool
STAR WARS ACTIVITIES IN PRESCHOOL
REGARDLESS OF THE THEME, SENSORY PLAY IS A GREAT WAY TO ENCOURAGE HANDS-ON EXPLORATION, CREATIVITY AND PROBLEM SOLVING.
This Star Wars Theme isn’t exactly academic, but it still promotes creative play. Learning character names, role-playing, practicing language, and exploring are all super valuable regardless of the theme.
You can tie in the sensory bin play with a Star Wars craft for preschoolers, or you might use the printable as a play dough set if you don’t have plastic figurines.
Although I’m not a huge fan, the movies do have some common themes that are worth striking up conversations with young kids:
- How did Luke feel when faced with Darth Vader?
- Can you think of a time when you were brave?
- Do you have elders you respect, like Yoda?
- Why is it important to keep hoping and believing in things you can’t always see?
What Can Kids Learn From Sensory Activities For Preschool?
FREE PRINTABLE FIGURES AND PLAY DOUGH MAT PRINTABLE
ENGAGING MANY SENSES HELPS FORM IMPORTANT CONNECTIONS IN OUR BRAIN. KIDS USE THE SAME CONNECTIONS TO LEARN READING AND MATH SKILLS.
This Star Wars printable focuses on movie characters. However, playing in any sensory bin offers benefits:
- Fine Motor Skills
Why Is It Important For Kids To Have Sensory Experiences?
Children are naturally curious about everything around them. Sensory bins for toddlers and preschoolers teaches kids to explore with all of their senses. It builds brain connections and helps them see the world more clearly.
Background Knowledge: Because you can change your sensory bins and bulleting boards as often as you like, each experience is a chance for kids to build background knowledge on a variety of topics from animals to season to science concepts.
Problem-Solving: Open-ended sensory play allows kids to explore, be creative, and apply problem-solving skills to a variety of situations. It’s a non-threatening way to build these important skills.
Oral Language: Every interesting sensory experience is one where kids can practice talking, learn new vocabulary, and apply language structures to develop as a talker and listener.
Make Connections: Engaging multiple senses with learning helps important neurological connections form within the brain. Kids use these new pathways to learn all the things, like reading and math.
How to Make The Star Wars Pretend Play Printables
Simply print the Star Wars Printable, laminate and cut out the pieces.
Fill a plastic bin or sensory table with black beans, or another sensory bin filler like water beads, rice, or sand.
The Star Wars themed printables could also be used with a playdough recipe or cloud dough, like we have done with several of our other printables for pretend play.
What I love most about sensory activities like this is that I can just let the kids go free with their imaginations and they will work on teaching each other new skills.
Like today, they taught Shiloh how to say “Darth Vader” lol! A very essential skill, indeed!
It’s also great for cooperative play and role playing. Shiloh’s first response to the light sabers was “hiyaa!” She may have watched too many of the Clone Wars.
Extend the Activity
Star Wars Day
Make a whole day out of this special theme. Wear costumes, plan a Star Wars craft for kids, have a special snack, or other Star Wars activities to make the day memorable.
Have a Snack
Star Wars preschool activities don’t have to end at the art table. Make marshmallow cereal treats topped with light saber pretzels dipped in melting chocolate.
Crafts by Amanda features several Star Wars themed crafts, from painted rocks and paper bag puppets to toilet paper roll Ewoks.