Did you know that this Saturday, 10/10, is Star Wars Reads Day? According to StarWars.com:
On October 10, 2015, bookstores, libraries, and retailers will participate in the fourth annual installment of the global event, featuring signings, parties, and more. Last year, events took place all over the world, and this year Star WarsReads Day is expected to grow even bigger as fans gear up for the theatrical release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens in December. Participants in the events and festivities include: Disney-Lucasfilm Press, Marvel, Abrams, Chronicle, Del Rey, DK, Quirk Books, Scholastic, Workman, Egmont, Studio Fun, Phoenix International Publishing, and many more.
There is a Facebook Page for event info and downloadable printables and activities are available on StarWars.com. Book publisher DK offers ideas for hosting your own Star Wars Reads event (see also their Star Wars Reads Pinterest inspiration board).
In celebration of all things Star Wars, I also wanted to share with you a cool resource I stumbled across called Star Wars in the Classroom. Thomas Riddle and Wes Dodgens have created a website for educators and fans that provides resources for teaching and learning, integrating the Star Wars saga into a variety of content areas, such as history, mythology, Shakespeare, and robotics. There is a wealth of information and resources to help you in planning your next Star Wars event!
Had you heard of Star Wars Reads Day? How will you participate? Have you ever incorporated pop culture into a learning environment? Let us know in the comments below!
It gets cold in space, so you might want to cozy up with this crochet Star Wars afghan by Courtney of Spin A Yarn 32. She has kindly rounded up sources and some of her own original graphs/charts for an empire’s worth of afghan squares, including:
- Death Star
- Y-wing & X-wing
- Old Rebublic Logo
- Tie Fighter
- Millinium Falcon
- Boba & Jengo Fett
- Empire & Rebel Insignia
- Lightsabers (multiple variations!)
- Darth Maul
- Darth Vader
What’s cool is you can either stitch these all up for an epic blanket of Star Wars awesomeness, or stitch up individual designs for a set of washcloths – great for a geek housewarming!
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In honor of Star Wars Day tomorrow (May the Fourth…be with you!), I wanted to share this cool child’s bedroom decorating idea. Who am I kidding? This would be cool for any Star Wars fan, from padawan up to Jedi!
Amy from Her Tool Belt has put together an awesome tutorial on how to build a Star Wars shelf, complete with supply list, step-by-step instructions, and detailed photos. As you can tell from the photo above, the results are simply…stellar.
I love the extra details she also added around the top border of the room, taking advantage of Star Wars dingbat fonts to use as stencils.
Do you have any plans for Star Wars Day tomorrow? Share with us in a comment below!
Links of Interest
I love finding free pattern downloads, and this one is especially cute with it’s little Darth Vader. Username Avozika has this design as well as a few others (including a rather pithy Chuck Norris design) for download on her Instructables page.
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Need a super cute gift for a youngling in your life? Look no further than this adorable crochet Yoda-inspired lovey by Kristen McCrory.
The little Yoda head gives your young padawan something to cuddle onto, while also toting around the ever-so-comforting blankie, all in Star Wars geek style. Win-win-win.
Make this Yoda blankie even more geek-tastic by watching “Star Wars” while stitching it up, so the Force is melded into every stitch. Which episode of the series would you watch while making this?
Side note: I noticed Kristen also has a mega-awesome Gir lovey in her Etsy shop – makes me think, “Aw, somebody needs a hug!”
Moscow, Russia-based Lyuba and Max of Krukrustudio have created a fantastic felt Star Wars handbag that looks just like the cute astromech droid, R2-D2.
Made of fine quality wool felt and decorated with prints and embroidery, this bag is designed with attention to details. The bag is padded and keeps it’s shape well, with a removable adjustable strap, and an inner pocket.
full height: 17″
“effective” height (body height): 12″
It is available to purchase online from their studio or from their Etsy shop, for $185 plus shipping. Order yours today. Droids are standing by to take your order! Or if droids aren’t your thing, they’ve got tablet and iPad covers, even other bags, for the Whovian, Anglophile, or other type of geek in your life.