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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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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Milo and Lina

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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Star Wars Xmas Books Review Giveaway

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away….

Are you a big Star Wars fan?

Do I have something special for you! And just in time for Christmas too

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Join Luke  Skywalker on his epic adventures in Star Wars Treasury: The Original Trilogy. It is hardback book based on the stories by George Lucas, A new Hope, The empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. The book tells you the basic story line keeping in the fun and exciting parts, with over 100 full colour paintings by Brian Rood, that keeps you entertained and wanting to read more. Brian Rood is a professional illustrator who works in the entertainment, comic and commercial art fields. Not only does he create new art work for Star Wars, but also for Marvel comics, Paramount pictures and Hollywood stars. The illustrations in the book are gorgeous works of watercolour art that we found captivating and charming.  The book doesn’t have many words but has pictures on every page keeping it engaging for the younger readers.

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The Star Wars young readers books are ideal for younger children learning to read. They come in three levels, corresponding to the colour book band that they use in schools. These books are exciting and are set out with few words and lots of dramatic colourful illustrations. If your child is interested in Star Wars then these books can encourage reluctant readers to become independent readers. They are ideal action books for new readers.

Escape from Darth Vader is a young readers level 1, which is equal to a yellow book band. Level 1 are simple stories for new and developing readers. Based on the events from A new hope . Meet two different robots R2-D2 and C3P0 who attempt to escape from the mean and scary Darth Vader and his Troopers. Princess Leia is caught, but before It happens she gives something special to R2-D2, something that Darth Vader is after, the secret battle Plans!

Use the Force is a young readers level 2 book, which is equal to a blue book band. Level 2 books are engaging stories for readers growing in confidence and independence. Join Jedi Master Yoda as he teaches Luke how to use the force. The Force is a special energy field that can be used for good or evil. Luke trains hard but he needs to believe in himself before he can move on. Will he be able to use the Force to save his friends and become the greatest Jedi of all!

The Young Reader Star Wars books are challenging for new readers, with interesting action stories and beautiful illustrations they are perfect for any child to enjoy. As the levels go up there are more words to a page.

The Star Wars Starfighter Workshop book is part activity and part construction. That’s right you get to build your very own X-Wing and tie fighter to play with and display in your home. There is nothing more, that my boys like, than becoming creative and building items that they can play with. The activity book is full of puzzles and mazes, lots of exciting activities for the children to do. The construction part if the fun part of the book! Not only do you get to build an X-Wing but you also get to build a Tie Fighter too! There are 10 pieces of foam, each with pre-cut shape pieces that can be easily pushed out. The instructions are inside the activity book and are easy to follow. We got a little lost at some points as we got a little confused with what part was what, so we looked at the pictures on the instructions and they helped us. Slotting the pieces together can get a little fiddly, but a little perseverance saw us creating our very own space crafts to play with. The recommended age for this workshop is 7, which I totally agree as it does get fiddly and the instructions can get a little hard to follow especially when connecting the pieces together (although if younger and under adult supervision I think it would be fine)

Watch the video below for the full review of the Star Wars Starfighter Workshop

The boys played with the Starfighter for a long time and eventually they started to come apart and loose so we just reinforced them together with some super glue.

A great activity for adults and children to do together, with a fabulous outcome.

All of the book are available to buy from Amazon.

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 For your chance to win a Copy of the Star Wars Treasury and the Star Wars Starfighter Workshop , enter via Gleam below

 Star wars Xmas Books Giveaway
 T&C’s

Enter all of the entries on Gleam

Competition ends midnight 12th December

UK entries only please

Winner will be drawn via Gleam

Lucas Films have not sponsored this post

Details of the winner will be passed onto Egmont who will post out to directly from them

We was provided with copies of the books for this review and giveaway.

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Unlocking phonic sounds with a padlock and key

My little one is 4 years old and currently learning his phonic sounds, he is doing really well and is beginning to master his individual sounds and blending them together to read simple cvc, cvcvv words. We are now moving on to learning digraphs and vowel digraphs, which are two letters that make one sound, eg. sh, ch, th, ph, ai, ow, ee.

Making a game out learning is fun and can really engage the child .

We have made  a simple little game up, using padlocks and keys.

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Place a picture on the padlock and then add the beginning sound onto the key. So it could be a picture of an ant and then add the initial sound on the key, which would be a. As my child is learning jolly phonics in school I used the pictures from the jolly phonics sound card. This way they can not only recognise the sound but also the picture. Using name tags I wrote the sound on and attached it to the key. The pictures need to be fairly small to fit onto the padlocks.

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This game is fun to play and easy to make. Children can play for hours unlocking the padlock, not only learning and recognising sounds but also working on their fine motor skills.

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You can use the padlock idea for number bonds, equations and words.

Hope you have found this post helpful 🙂

 

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Twinkl Review

Are you a Teacher? Childminder? Nursery Nurse? Or a Teaching Assistant like me? Then there is an online website called Twinkl that offers the largest collection of free and premium downloadable and printable primary teaching resources.

Twinkl can help you with display resources, lesson plan ideas, Powerpoint presentations, worksheets and role play resources.

For the past month i have been using the Early Years and Primary Teaching Learning Resource Website as part of finding resources for the classroom but also printing off work for my 5 year old to do at home. There is a vast amount of subject covered in the resource section, ranging from literacy, classroom management, maths, topics and things that we love like minibeast and the seaside.

I found a minibeast Check list that i printed out for the children in my nursery to do as it was their topic at the time, we took them out onto the playing field and walked around looking for the little bugs that were on their and at 3-4 years old they found it easy to follow as the pictures were clear and all they had to do was put a mark in the little box next to the picture.

Joseph my little boy who is 5 and in year 1 at school is quite a late developer in his reading and writing but as the school year has gone on he has improved dramatically, using Twinkl at home has helped a lot too. Under the resources page for KS1 i found a lot of work that i could print off for him to work on at home, the worksheets Contractions Butterfly, which are available for premium members, is great for reinforcing the use of apostrophes by demonstrating how the letters from different words are omitted when the two words are combined into one. Joseph has been learning this in school but struggles slightly with it, he understands what an apostrophe is but finds it hard to read works with them in.

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I sat and listened to him reading out the words on the worksheet and then reading the words that i cut out for him to glue on, he looked up at me and said

“Is will not, won’t?”

I was really pleased with how he sat and worked them out for him self and was quite surprised at how much he actually knows and can do.

 

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clever boy

Next i printed out a set or letter formations from A-Z, Joseph confuses a lot of the letters with each other like p and q or b and d, so i thought that this would help him learn how to form each letter, I know this is what they teach them in school, in their handwriting books so doing it with him at home should help him improve. There is a set of letter formation worksheets for each letter of the alphabet. Each sheet enables children to practice letter formation and apply it using the images below. Joseph found this fun to do and even asked to do more!

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Their really is lots of different resources to suit lots of ages and abilities on the Twinkl website and there is also a lovely community available too, I joined their facebook page and found lots of interesting activities to do with the boys over the summer from what other members have put on there.

I have stocked up printer ink and paper ready to print out lots of fun worksheets for the boys to do over the holidays.

A premium membership is £29.99 a year, that’s as little as £2.50 per month! Definitely worth it, you could buy a workbook for your child once a week and it would cost a lot more than that. Being a premium member gives you instant access to their full range of 88,000 printable resources and activities.

What i could write about this website just wouldn’t do it justice, all i can say is take a visit and see for yourself! You wont be disappointed! There is so much to look at and print out, i could go on forever.

I was given the access to being a premium member for the purpose of this review, may i add thought that i was already a member of this wonderful resources site and have used it on many occasions, for work and home use.

 

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Spending Quality Time With The Disney 365 Stories For Boys Book

With the recent family benefit cuts The Works are looking to promote ways in which parents can save themselves cash and yet still spend quality time with their children. Buying books is a much cheaper way of entertainment than buying the latest game for a console. Evidence suggests that reading books is actually better for young children’s development than watching the Television

The Works has interviewed professionals in the field, including children’s literacy expert, Dr Sandra Williams, and the National Literacy Trust, to establish the benefits of reading books.

Dr Sandra Williams said: “Reading a book, together with the tactile turning of the page is pleasurable and a good picture book has qualities that may not be found in electronic media.  What is important is the construction of the child and many good quality picture books invite active participation and involvement.  Significantly the authors/illustrators leave gaps for the readers to fill. There is a tension between text and picture which invites consideration.””

Reading books leaves room for the imagination and aides children with their imagination. My eldest boy loves to read books and is always recreating a story that he has read with his younger brother in a play, reading stories help him with his English and has widened his vocabulary. He has written a few stories himself and has amazed me with his imaginative words which he would not have if he didn’t read so many books.

My boys have their own book shelf full of a wide variety of books, fact and fiction. Having such a vast amount gives them a choice of stories to read at the snap of a little finger. Although my boys are aged between 10 and 1 years old, they all seem to enjoy the same type of books which saves me money as they can be passed down and shared between them. My middle son Joseph is 5 years old and is just beginning to enjoy reading books as he can understand and recognise the text in them.

Reading together with all my boys is something special, it’s the only time that they still together with no bickering and jumping around, I get to cuddle up close to them and we all enjoy the story together.

We was sent a copy of Disney 365 Stories for Boys to read as a family, the book is action packed with stories for every day of the year, each page is a calendar.

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We spent 10 minutes a day reading a story from the date that it was, we talked about the story and what happened in it, we discussed the characters and even though on each page there is only one little picture the boys wanted to sit and look at it.

20130226-062652.jpgThe book is beautifully set out with cute little pictures which help the stories come to life for the children.

The boys have really enjoyed reading this book together, they keep the book by their bedside and get the correct page ready for me to read it to them, even the toddler who is 19 months old comes running up to us to listen in on storytime. It is not often that i get all of the boys sitting quietly together for a length of time for something that they all enjoy and plus i get lots of snuggles as they all want to see the book which means they have to come closer 🙂

We experimented on reading a story from the book and watching a TV programme together but it just didn’t go as smoothly, the eldest sat still on the sofa but my middle boy, Joseph’s attention soon became a lack of, he was constantly moving about and fidgeting with whatever he could get hold off and even began to climb all over his older brother making the toddler thinking it was funny to do so and he joined in, it was mayhem! You see, my boys fight for my attention and with them just having to sit still and watch something on TV (they don’t all enjoy the same programmes either) they couldn’t do it as I was focusing on the what was on the box rather than them, so in order to get my attention the whole sitting comfortably and relaxing on the sofa becomes unbearable!

I love the quality time that is given to you when you read stories together and I know that my boys will pay attention to the story as it is something that they are interested in and to be honest it really doesn’t matter if it is fact or fiction as they will show an interest in any book.

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The book is also available for Girls and can be bought from The Works.

We was sent a copy of the book for the purpose of this post.

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