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Star Wars: Jedi Academy

Star Wars: Jedi Academy

First off, a big thank you to the lovely blogging librarians who decided to conquer this type of program before me, and who gave me inspiration from around the web.

Amy Koester over at the
Bryce over at
and Angie Manfredi over at whose blog post about her Star Wars program I found over on  the ALSC blog.

You all are fantastic inspirations and great resources, especially for someone who is still fairly new to the job! Thank you!

So, here we go...

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is almost upon us. I decided to take advantage of the movie premiere and do a school age Jedi Academy.

This program was for Kindergarten to 5th grade, with registration required. Through our system we do get to see the ages of the kids who sign up. This helps with planning age appropriate activities, especially with such large age range. Five year olds are very different from eleven year olds, this should go without saying. I made the Jedi training course aimed towards the lower age range of our group.

Room 1 Setup:


For our crafts we had Yoda headbands, Darth Vader stick puppets, and DIY Lightsabers. I made the lightsabers ahead of time, and the kids just decorated them with stickers. The lightsabers were a HUGE hit. I highly recommend you have an open space for the inevitable battles that will ensue.

Photo booth

Very self explanatory, just threw up a backdrop and put some cardboard cutouts that I borrowed from our sister library. They do a huge May the Fourth program every year, so I took advantage of their decorations that they have. I also had some masks, props, and Jedi vests for the kids to wear.

I also had moon pies (that's no moon pie) and water for Cantina snacks.

Room 2:
Jedi Training Course

I had six stations, each with a different task for the kids to complete.

Station One: Lava Field.
 Cross the lava pit while staying on the river stones.
Station Two: Balance of the Force Beam. Walk the balance beam without stepping off.

Station Three: Defeat the Darkside.
 For this station I pushed three tables together and had the kids traverse the "cave" filled with balloons.

Station Four: Use the Force. 
This station required the kids to stand inside the hula hoop and keep a balloon afloat in the air with their lightsabers.

Station Five: Droid Toss. 
Very simple station, bucket toss with bean bags. All I did was find some pictures of BB8 and R2D2 and tape them on the buckets.

Station Six: Stay on Target.
This station was basically pin the tail on the donkey, Star Wars style. I had the kids blindfolded, they were given an X-Wing fighter and had to get it on the large circle on our Death Star.

While all of this was going on, we also had a Star Wars seek and find scavenger hunt and a Star Wars book display out in our youth services area. It was a high energy filled night and a lot of fun with around 60 people total. I had several parents thank us and tell us that this was perfect to help get their kids excited about the movie premiering next week. 


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