This weekend we introduced Little Man to the Star Wars Movies for the first time and he has absolutely fallen in love. He has always loved the Clone Wars cartoons so it was awesome to finally be able to introduce him to the movies and have them hold his attention.
Throughout the entire first movie all we heard was – WOAH or look, look, look. It was absolutely awesome.
This week after watching the first movie he has been all about everything Star Wars, and it couldn’t have come at a better time. This Light Saber Sensory Writing Tray was a fantastic way to tap into his interest and imagination while and would make an excellent May the 4th activity!
For this tray, we worked on just basic pre-writing lines, but this would also work awesome for practicing spelling words with your child!
Items Needed to Make a Star Wars Sensory Writing Tray
- Star Wars Toys (buy here)
- Craft Tray (buy here)
- “Light Saber” — we used an old toothbrush that you can buy here, or you could also use glow sticks
- Scents (we used banana)
- Food Dye
For this activity, we also set out a guide for the pre-writing lines. This particular set up was inspired by some invitations to create over at Munchkins and Moms. They are absolutely stunning and definitely worth checking out 😉
How to Make a Light Saber Sensory Writing Tray
- Place desired amount of salt on the tray. We usually use no less than 2 cups. Add glitter if desired.
- Add in 1-2 tbsp. of flavored oil per cup of salt. If the flavoring is colored like this one is mix.
- Add in food dye color of choice and mix. When mixing I have found that a fork works best.
- Smooth out, add toys, and write!
This is a fantastic activity for working on many pre-writing and fine motor skills. My kids loved being able to use our old Light Saber toothbrushes. They light up and make really cool light-saber noises. We had originally saved them for painting projects, but this activity definitely won as a favorite way to use them.
It was a little on the chunky side so my little guy did have a hard time grasping it with a pincer grasp. But it was great for in-hand manipulation and even finger isolation as he attempted to turn the lights and sounds on.
The toys that we used are part of the Playskool Galatic Heros Set. We have been slowly collecting them ever since making Star Wars Slime.
They were the perfect size for drawing lines.
Other Star Wars Learning Activities
Star Wars Letter Find Pack from 3 Boys and a Dog
Star Wars Craft Ideas from Schooling a Monkey
Books about Outer Space from The Jenny Evolution
Star Wars Activity Books from Brain Power Boy
Let Your Space Ship Take Flight from Playground Parkbench
Light Saber Color Matchingfrom CraftCreateCalm
Star Wars Travel in National Parks and World Heritage Sites from FrogMom