I am again excited to be part of in this year’s Love Books Summer Exchange hosted by The Educators Spin On It! We were paired up with another blogger to exchange a book and activities with each other to promote Summer reading.
My youngest and I participated last year and enjoyed both putting together a book package and receiving one … so we definitely wanted to do it again this summer! [Take a peek at the package we received last year!]
This summer we were paired up with Natalie and her daughter from Planet Smarty Pants, and we received the following package ….
What luck that my youngest is a Star Wars fan!
The premise of this book was a little different from books that my daughter has read in the past, and seemed like the perfect opportunity for a read-aloud. This book, Princess Labelmaker to the Rescue (part of the Origami Yoda series), is set in a middle school where there is a war against the “Fun Time Menace” (a.k.a. the standardized test-prep program). I asked my older children to each read some chapters to my youngest (a great activity they could share together). And they each did an activity with the origami paper that came with our package. Here’s what they came up with …
My oldest son, (also a Star Wars and Origami fan), was happy to help his younger sister make an origami Luke Skywalker from the instructions at the end of the book.
Luke Skywalker is all made from the folding of one square piece of paper.
After all the folds were complete, then it was time to draw the face and embellish.
The finished products!!
My daughter decided Luke needed a lightsaber, and used some of the origami paper to make him one.
Large Paper Light Saber
My oldest daughter read another chapter, and afterwards the girls decided to cut long, wide strips of the paper and taped them together to make a “Rebel Alliance” paper light saber.
This made for a nice wall decoration!
What I liked most about this summer reading activity was that it was something that the older siblings could also help with, share in and enjoy!
Want MORE summer reading books & activities?
Check out the book and activities we packaged up for Natalie and her daughter at Planet Smarty Pants!
And I encourage you to also follow the Summer Book Exchange Pinterest Board!
May the “Summer Reading Force” be with you!
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