Make your own Yoda Costume for World Book Day and A Star Wars Books Giveaway

World Book Day is closely upon us and it’s time to start thinking about what costume your children will be wearing on the day. My boys normally like to make up a costume from clothes that they find from in their wardrobe but this year my middle boy has requested a rather different costume. Which was perfect as we have been challenged by Egmont publishing to create a Star Wars themed Costume for World Book Day.

Last year we made a last-minute costume by raiding the wardrobes, particularly looking for clothes that were in neutral colours and created Luke Skywalker. This costume has been used many times over the past year and didn’t cost us a penny.

This year, the boy has requested Yoda. This year I am prepared. I ordered some fleece material from Ebay and once it arrived I got out my sewing machine and stitched away.

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You will need:

  • Beige Fleece Material- mtr depending on how tall your child is. and the width of the material. We ordered a metre at 150cm wide
  • Emerald Green Fleece Material – 1/2 mtr 150cm wide
  • Brown long sleeve t-shirt
  • Dark coloured trousers
  • Sewing machine or needle and cotton to hand sew
  • Green Facepaint
  • White chalk or material pen
  • Pins
  • Scissors

Instructions:

I found a pattern online from www.fleecefun.com that I adapted to fit my son. I used his dressing gown as a guide for the measurements and just adjusted the pattern where it needed it. The pattern can be printed out and stuck together to make one big one.

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  1. Place the material down on the fold and put the pattern on the top. The back needs to be cut on the fold to create one piece and you need two pieces of the front. Use pins to keep it in place and draw around with your chalk. This is where I adjusted the pattern and moved it about to the length and width I wanted. Cut out the pieces. You will only have one back and two fronts

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2. Place the two fronts down on to the back. Tack into place.

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3. Stitch along the under arm and side seam and the sleeve to secure the front and back together. Turn inside out. You can finish off the edges with a hem but I just left ours as the material will not fray.

4. Cut out a long piece of the fleece for the belt.

Et Voila! You now have a jacket fit for a Yoda

Yoda Head and Ears:

I used an old wooly hat to draw around and to get the size of Yodas head.

  1. Lay the green fleece material down on the fold and place your ear pattern on top. Secure in place with pins. Draw around with chalk and cut out the pieces. You should have 4 ear pieces and two head pieces.

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2. Stitch around the edge of the ears

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3. Turn them inside out so that the seams are on the inside

4. Now you need to give the ears a shape by pinching in the straight edges and stitching in place

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5. Place the ears on top of one of the hat pieces, facing inwards.

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6. Place the other hat piece on top to form a sandwich. Secure all in place with pins

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7. Stitch around the edge. Turn the right way round.

8. I stitched a band of fabric along the bottom of the hat as it didn’t quite fit my son’s head and we wanted it to be bigger

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We found that the ears go a little lopsided like a dogs but this can be corrected with a little bit of starch or adding in some wadding when stitching the ears together.

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The last thing we needed to do to finish off the costume was to paint his face green.

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I painted his face green and then added on some lines to make him look a little older.

We was asked by Egmont Publishing to choose a Star Wars Character to dress up as on World Book day to celebrate the release of the new book The Cold. The book is due out in March and is the latest to be published in the series of Star Wars: Adventures in Wild Space books. Read about the first two that were released last year here

‘The Adventures in Wild Space takes place in the period betweenStar Wars: Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars: A New Hope. Star Wars fans can meet a whole host of new characters, including a new droid, CR-8R, and a new villain, Captain Korda. It follows the Graf family Mum, Dad, Daughter and Son whilst they tour wild space as galactic mappers.

It is a time of darkness. With the end of the Clone Wars and the destruction of the Jedi Order, the evil Emperor Palpatine rules the galaxy unopposed. After their parents were kidnapped by the ruthless Imperial Captain Korda, young explorers Lino and Milo Graf set out to find them’

The Cold is the fifth in the series of the exciting junior novels written by Cavan Scott. Siblings Milo and Lina have picked up the trail of their kidnapped parents – but an ambush in the depths of Wild Space leaves them stranded on a desolate planet. With an old enemy out for revenge can they survive THE COLD?

The series is ideal for any young Star Wars fan out there. My boys are aged 9 and 5, both have really enjoyed reading the books. They are full of adventure, action packed and fun to read.

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I find these Star Wars books are always good for those reluctant readers as they are so gripping and adult like but simple enough for children to understand and read. The illustrations are in black and white and simple but just right for the books.

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The books in the series are ideal for children from the age of 8. Although, my son is 5 and he enjoyed reading them, just occasionally asking for help on a few words and for explanations on what some of the words meant. The characters are fun and make the stories exciting. The books are quite short which helps keep the child’s attention and with few illustrations they are ideal for those readers that are moving away from stories that are highly illustrated. They help children make predictions about the future content without looking at the pictures to help them.

Egmont are offering one of my readers the chance to win a full set of Star Wars: Adventures in Wild Space books

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Three of the five from the series

The Cold http://amzn.to/2jUCPFv

The Dark http://amzn.to/2kjmKMW

The Steal http://amzn.to/2kjmKMW

The Nest http://amzn.to/2kjtnyK

The Snare http://amzn.to/2jUQewX

All book available to buy from Amazon on the links above

To be in with a chance enter via the rafflecopter below. Competition ends 19/03/2017

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Looking for more Star Wars Fancy Dress inspiration for World Book Day Take a look at Princess Leia by We Made This, R2D2 by ET Speaks From Home, Hans Solo by A Strong Coffee and a Storm Trooper by Ickles Pickles.

 

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Wonderlab Gallery Scavenger Hunt in London Competition

Can you take on the Statoil Wondroid Challenge?

A One-off competition invites children in London to build a robot on a virtual scavenger hunt, and discover the world of science this summer

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On 12th October 2016, all eyes will turn to Wonderlab: The Statoil Gallery opening at the Science Museum in London. To celebrate its launch, families in London are invited to embark on an exciting geo-location scavenger hunt, where they will be in with a chance of winning an exclusive private view of Wonderlab. The new gallery is designed to ignite interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) while enjoying a fun day out. With more than 50 spectacular cutting edge exhibits, such as a giant interactive orrery, live shows and immersive experiences, Wonderlab is set to wow the whole family.

Curious at heart and on a mission to teach children the wonders of science, Wondroid is a friendly robot built by engineers at energy provider, Statoil. Unfortunately, Wondroid has lost some of his robot body parts. To enter the competition, families in locations where Statoil’s offices are based, these are London, Aberdeen and Great Yarmouth, should simply visit the Statoil webpage  where they can download a free app to their mobile device and watch the story unfold with Wondroid in any one of the three Statoil based locations.

With the school holidays in full swing, keeping the kids entertained can be a full time job. By following the App’s simple instructions, families can work together to solve three clues provided by Wondroid. Providing a perfect opportunity to explore the great outdoors, families will need to visit three science-themed landmarks in London. In retracing Wondroid’s steps, children will enjoy moving from one landmark to another in a scavenger hunt for the modern age. Everyone who helps piece Wondroid back together again will automatically be entered into a prize draw to win tickets to a private view in opening week of the gallery, as well as a host of other wonderful Wonderlab prizes. The competition closes on Monday 19th September 2016 and the winners will be announced on Friday 23rd September 2016.

Wonderlab: The Statoil Gallery is dedicated to STEM learning, a curriculum designed to effortlessly integrate four disciplines; science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Built on the belief that the future will be shaped through innovation and curiosity, Wonderlab: The Statoil Gallery is the ultimate space to help encourage engagement and show the exciting possibilities offered by STEM. The gallery has been designed to help encourage children and adults alike to be more curious and ignite passion for the science.

“Our industry’s future depends on advances in science, engineering, technology and maths so that we can provide affordable, sustainable energy for generations to come. So we are very excited to be supporting Wonderlab: The Statoil Gallery. The gallery will inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers to see the world differently through show-stopping, creative and rewarding science-related experiences. We hope as many families as possible take up the Statoil Wondroid Challenge with a chance to win a visit to Wonderlab and experience the greatest interactive science gallery in the world before anyone else.” said Dominic Martin, VP Communication, Statoil.

Unlike any exhibition of its kind, Wonderlab: The Statoil Gallery allows children to interact with scientific phenomena; a rare opportunity that is destined to enthral visitors of all ages. This exclusive Wondroid competition gives families the chance to experience the interactive gallery before it opens to the public, an opportunity to be remembered for a lifetime.

It’s a truly wonderful experience. A chance to to get as a family and have fun, learn and even win some prizes.

Are you ready to hunt?

 

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Starwars Adventures In Wild Space Childrens Books Giveaway

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In a Galaxy Far, Far away….

Egmont Publishers brings to you a selection of Starwars books for young readers to enjoy. We was sent a selection of books to share with our readers in time for World Book Day

StarWars Where’s Wookie  A hardback search and find activity book. Can you find the loveable furry animal in the many colourful packed scenes throughout the book? Chewbacca is wanted for crimes against the Empire, despite his towering height and distinctive smell, he is an expert at evading capture. The hunt is on!

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The boys loved this book, it kept them entertained for ages. Not only did they search through the very detailed pictures for wookie but there is also a galactic checklist at the end of the book to make the search a little harder. The first on the check list was to find the Jawa feeding the birds, which we found pretty quickly, but they do get harder.

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Starwars Rebellion Tin  Open the lid to discover:

•The Rebellion Doodle Book – sketch, colour and recreate your favourite Star Wars characters

•The Rebels to the Rescue Activity Book– packed with puzzles, word games, fun trivia and more!

•A New Hope story book – a captivating retelling of Episode IV by Ryder Windham and illustrated by Brian Rood.

And as if this wasn’t enough you can press out pieces to build your very own Millennium Falcon!

Suitable for all Star Wars fans aged 7 and up.

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The Millenium Falcon took us about 10 minutes to build, the instructions found in the back of the Activity book are easy to follow. Each cut out piece has been labeled with letters and are easy to push out of the foam card. Each piece is connected together by precut slots.

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The finished Millenium Falcon

This tin is definitely worth the money and will keep the children/adults busy for hours. Possibly the ideal git for a child that is travelling, all activities kept safe in the tin.

Starwars Adventure in Wild Space is a junior book series that is published by Egmont Publishing. The series follows the Graf siblings Lina and Milo as they go in search of their parents who were captured by the evil Galactic Empire.

The Escape has been specially written and published for World Book Day 2016. When the parents of Milo and Lina are abducted by the Stormtroopers, the children take a perilous journey across the unknown reaches of wild Space to rescue them.

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It is one of the ten books that you can choose from using your World Book day Token given to your children from their school. World book day takes place on 3rd March, most schools and childcare settings take part in the children dressing up as their favourite book character.

We took on the challenge from Egmont Publishing to create a Star Wars themed costume for World Book Day. It was quite last-minute with items of clothing that we raided the wardrobes for, particularly looking for neutral colours. We found an old cardigan in my wardrobe, an old pair of trousers that once belong to the eldest boy, a belt that belongs to Daddy and mummy’s old Ugg boots. With a few snips here and there and a little imagination we came up with this outfit

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What do you think? Can you guess what he is?

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He had fun dressing up in costume, in fact I couldn’t get him out of it! He spent all day dressed in character running around the house with a foam sword going on an adventure across the galaxy.

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My son, read through the Adventures in Wild Space: The Escape and really enjoyed it. There were just enough black and white illustrations to help him create the scene in his head, the story was thrilling and full of adventure. He was gripped after the first chapter and didn’t put it down until he had finished it. His favourite character is CR-8R, the family prim droid created by their Mum. Made from a mash-up of different droid models. Although he had the Graf siblings best interest at heart it didn’t make him less annoying.

The books are full of danger, excitement and adventure and are aimed at children aged 7-11. Each contains black and white illustrations and the text is fairly big making it easier to follow.

Starwars Adventures in Wild Space will be a series of 5 books, the first three available to buy from Amazon.

The Escape £1.00 or available for free with your world book day token

The Snare £5.24 In this first full-length adventure, Milo and Lina look for allies on an ancient frontier world – but the cruel Imperial officer Captain Korda has prepared a trap…Released on 25th February 2016 

The Nest £5.24 In this second full-length adventure, Milo and Lina trace their latest clue to a remote jungle world – where a terrifying beast lies in wait…  Released on 25th February 2016 

For your chance to win the first 3 books in the Starwars Adventures in Wild Space enter below via Gleam

For more chances of winning head on over to TheReadingResidence to read their post and enter the giveaway

I will be using Gleam to pick one winner. Competition will end midnight 19th March 2016. Uk residents only please.

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Starwars Adventures in Wild Space Books Giveaway

 

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A Christmas Star DVD Giveaway #win

A Christmas Star

The feel-good family film of the year, spreading a truly special Christmas message…

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This Christmas, prepare to believe in miracles as Belfast-based children’s charity Cinemagic and Signature Entertainment present A Christmas Star, released in UK cinemas nationwide from 13th November, 2015 and on DVD, Blu-Ray, EST and VOD from 23rd November, 2015.

Staring film and TV’s elite, A Christmas Star tells the heartwarming story of Noel, a spirited young who embarks on a magical journey to save her friends and family. Newcomer Erin Galway-Kendrick and a host of actors including Pierce Brosnan (James Bond), Suranne Jones (TV’s Scott & Bailey, Doctor Foster), Robert James-Collier (TV’s Downton Abbey, Coronation Street), Bronagh Waugh (Hollyoaks, The Fall), and Richard Clements (A Belfast Story). The film is narrated by Liam Neeson (Taken, A Walk Among The Tombstones) and features a cameo from Kylie Minogue and guest appearance from Dermot O’Leary.

Born in dramatic circumstances under the Christmas Star, Noel believes she has the gift to perform strange miracles. When conniving developer McKerrod threatens her peaceful life she teams up with a misfit gang of local kids to save the village from demolition.  However, one by one her friends lose faith in Noelle’s abilities and she is left to fight McKerrod on her own. The town’s future hinges on a final showdown in Belfast’s historic Stormont building as Noelle implores politicians, her friends and the watching world to believe in the true meaning of Christmas…love.

‘The innovative film production gave budding young actors the chance to star alongside movie legends. Over 40 trainee crew aged 18 – 25 were mentored by industry professionals who trained them in all aspects of filmmaking including director Richard Elson (M.I. High, Steffi), award-winning film composer Patrick Doyle (Brave, Rise of the Planet of the Apes), music supervisor Maggie Rodford, (The King’s Speech, Anna Karenina), casting director Ros Hubbard, (The Commitments, Dracula Untold), camera operator, Ian Fox, (Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Amazing Spider-Man), producer Iain Smith, (Children of Men, Mad Max: Fury Road) and production manager, Terry Bamber (The Man from U.N.C.L.E, Skyfall), who all took a break from their own shooting schedules to mentor the trainees.’

Cinemagic patron and Oscar-winning writer, Julian Fellowes, said: “I am proud to be associated with the fantastic work that Cinemagic has been delivering for twenty five years. We are told on every side that it’s time to lower barriers and cross frontiers and this is exactly what Cinemagic is doing.” He added: “Young people, from every type of background and culture, are being encouraged to explore the world of film for themselves, first hand. We want them to break through the glass ceilings and walls that surround them, and see for themselves what it’s really like. Whether or not they continue to live or work in the Arts, there can surely be no better preparation for seeking and finding the right life.”

Cinemagic Chief Executive, Joan Burney Keatings, MBE said: “Our Christmas feature film has brought young people from different cultural backgrounds together, and representatives from the worlds of film, television and music collaborated to celebrate creativity and highlights the importance of developing young people’s skills and offering them unique film and television related opportunities. We are enormously proud and excited to bring this to cinemas nationwide for all the family to enjoy this Christmas.”

I’m giving away a copy of the DVD to one lucky winner. Enter below. Ends 12/12/15 midnight. Uk entries only please.

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Calling all BRATZ fans! Lakeside, Essex hosts the #Snowkissed photobooth

The #Snowkissed photobooth is in town!

Grab your bestie, your favourite accessories and strike a pose… the famous Bratz® photobooth is back by popular demand, with an all-new festive theme, and is visiting intu Lakeside this weekend!

When: Saturday 21 November

Where: intu Lakeside Shopping Centre

Cost: Free activity, no booking required

Perfect for getting in the Christmas spirit, the Snowkissed themed photo booth comes equipped with lots of winter themed Bratz props including skis, fur hats and festive accessories for added fun. It’s free and you and all of your friends will receive a copy of your picture to take home with you.

Head to Facebook.com/BratzUK and tag yourself in your picture for a chance to win great Bratz prizes including a hamper of Snowkissed goodies.

The photobooth will travel across the UK visiting intu Lakeside, Thurrock (Saturday 21 November), intu Metrocentre, Gateshead (Sunday 22 November), intu Trafford, Manchester (Saturday 28 November), intu Victoria Centre, Nottingham (Saturday 5 December).

For the full Bratz® photobooth tour schedule and more information see www.facebook.com/BratzUK

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To celebrate the Bratz snowkissed photobooth visitng lakeside I’m giving away one of the Bratz dolls. To enter just head on over to my twitter page and RT this tweet

https://twitter.com/Angoewright78/status/667598419645566976

 

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Thomas & Friends special 70th birthday celebrations

School to win chance to record a new Thomas & Friends song in special 70th anniversary year!

This year it’s Thomas & Friends 70th birthday and to celebrate they are launching a competition to get schools involved. To mark the iconic brands birthday they are asking Primary school classes across the country to enter a singing competition for the chance to record a new song for the upcoming film which is to be released this Autumn.

Judges are looking for the best, most creative singers in the country to be in with a chance of scooping the top prize package for their entire class, which includes…

  • An all-expenses paid trip to a recording studio to sing and record the Thomas & Friends theme tune which will feature on a special anniversary DVD
  • A half-day musical experience run by a music specialist
  • £200 worth of musical instruments
  • A visit from The Fat Controller

All schools who register for the competition via the National Schools Partnership website will receive a free downloadable resource pack, full of fun and simple activities linked to numeracy, literacy, PE and art and design, to help engage and inspire children to make their entry stand out.

Register today at http://www.nationalschoolspartnership.com/thomasandfriends.php

Thomas the Tank Engine was created by a father for his son 69 years ago and today is enjoyed by families in more than 185 territories and in 30 languages. The little blue engine and his friends invite children to enter into a world of imagination through the tracks of a train and the words of a story.

All three of my children have adored Thomas & Friends. The youngest can recite which colour, number and name the trains are, he builds tracks around the house all the time and makes up his own little adventures, his imagination runs wild.

To find out more about Thomas & Friends visit their website.

Good Luck!

 

 

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Shelters Gingerbread House Sale

BAKE IT, BUILD IT, SELL IT

This Christmas Day, thousands of children in Britain will wake up homeless. You can make a difference. All you have to do is bake, build and sell a delicious gingerbread house to raise money for Shelter. Parents up and down the country are being asked to gather their little ones to put their baking expertise to the test creating gingerbread houses, which are then being sold at their schools/clubs/nurseries.

Shelter are asking for help from you to raise awareness of the homelessness by creating a gingerbread masterpiece, inspiring others and raising money for the charity by selling it on, auctioning it, holding a gingerbread house party or just by voting for your favourite creation on the shelter website

Shelter will even provide the recipe and templates to help you. Get your school involved for a chance to win for the school.

Once you have created your gingerbread house, just upload it on to the website for a chance to win some prizes. The prizes are given out in 4 categories: The under 11’s, The under 11’s class, The over 12’s and the Over 12’s class.

Here is our entry

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About Shelter:

4 million families could be one paycheck away from losing their homes. In the UK, it is reported that a family lose their home every 11 minutes. Shelter is a charity that campaign for housing rights and against homelessness. They provide practical housing advice and support online, in person and over the phone – from dealing with mortgage arrears through to helping people find a place to stay. Most importantly, they
campaign to tackle the root causes of the housing crisis, which affecting more families each and every day. Last year alone, not only did they manage to re-home those unfortunate enough to find themselves on the streets, they managed to get legislation signed off that will impact masses of families throughout the UK. For example, they secured concessions to bedroom tax for foster carers and families of armed forces personnel and severely disabled children. They also won legislation giving renters the right to complain when things go wrong, not to mention the eviction of rogue landlords. When things go wrong, it’s easy to bury your head in the sand. Shelter exists to provide specialist, free, confidential advice and solutions to keep families from ending up on the streets.

To donate to the charity Shelter please visit their page here  http://www.shelter.org.uk/gingerbreadhouse

No payment has been received for this post, this is my entry into the competition

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