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DIY Star Wars sensory bin for kids

Star Wars sensory bin

I have been thinking about different ways for my children to play with their toys and I thought of combining their favourite Star Wars toys with our tuff spot. Sometimes the simplest ideas are the best and our Star Wars sensory bin has been recreated several times.

For our DIY Star Wars sensory bin for kids we used:
Selection of Star Wars toys
Tuff spot
Wooden stars

DIY Star Wars sensory bin for kids

DIY Star Wars sensory bin for kids:

Our tuff spot gets a lot of use at this time of year. The last time the children played with this the sun was shining so we set up our tuff spot beneath the trees. We decided to fill it with sand to turn our tuff spot into Tatooine, a desert planet located in the galaxy’s Outer Rim Territories. My 6 year old is a walking, talking Star Wars dictionary so was very particular in trying to set up the landscape just as he wanted it. His younger sister tried to help.

They added their extensive Star Wars collection and started re-enacting battles and different scenes from their favourite films.

Star Wars activity for kids

You can see the Millennium Falcon was brought out and added, even though it filled the tuff spot. The children had loads of fun and I enjoyed listening to their adventures. This was also a cost-free activity which was great as the summer holidays are proving quite expensive!


You may be interested in some of our other Star Wars crafts and activities:

DIY Star Wars Skittles

Star Wars bento lunch

Star Wars Duck Tape wallet

30 minute Star Wars blanket

DIY Star Wars Han Solo Frozen in Carbonite Soap

BB-8 droid Star Wars decoration

Cath Kidston days out Monday Happy List

Monday Happy List – Week 100

Hello everyone, I hope you had a lovely weekend. It’s time for me to sit and write my weekly blog post about some of the things which have made me happy – my Monday Happy List.

We’ve had my sister visiting all week which has been lovely. We had an epic day in London exploring one of the BFG Dream Jar Trails and spent lots of time drinking tea and eating cake. We made the Lemon and Poppy Seed cake from the Cath Kidston Teatime, book which was delicious. There was a trip to Hobbycraft too for more craft supplies which was fun.

I’ve had some successful charity shopping trips. I found this lovely vintage Fisher Price bluebird music box. I have wanted one for ages and was so excited to find one. My Fisher Price collection is getting quite big but I think they are lovely toys and really stand the test of time.

Fisher Price bluebird music box

We went into the West End one afternoon to see Scooby Doo Live! at the London Palladium. I grew up watching Scooby Doo so it was a bit of a nostalgia-fest for me. The children enjoyed it and I love taking them to live performances.

I love stitching and have been taking part in Wild Olive’s Around the House Stitching Club. I spent some of the weekend cutting out fabric for the mini quilt and it’s coming along really well. I find one pattern a week is a great way to make a mini and it soon comes along.

Around the House Stitching Club.


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Shy Scarlett is the star and victim of her mum’s popular lifestyle blog – the butt of school jokes, she’s eager to stay firmly out of the spotlight. But one evening, she finds a gorgeous kitchen in the house next door, left empty by an elderly neighbour in hospital. As Scarlett bakes, she starts to transform her life, discovering new friends and forming the Secret Cooking Club. But can she find the secret ingredients – to cake, family and friendship?

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The Secret Cooking Club by Laurel Remington is published by Chicken House, August 2016, priced £6.99. It is aimed at young readers aged 10+.

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