STEAM Activity: Chewbacca Piñata Plus Giveaway
Updated: Oct 16, 2021
Happy May the Fourth and Cinco de Mayo STEM Sparkers! Jack has been exploring recycle, reduce, and reuse at school, and he had a school project to make something out of recycled/used project. He made two cardboard games, a pin ball/shuffle board and marble maze. His project inspired me to make a piñata reusing a small gift box I had-- the perfect STEAM Activity to celebrate both Cinco de Mayo and May the Fourth.
I made a Chewbacca piñata because Chewie is one of my favorite characters from Star Wars. But I think a CP30 or light saber would also be easy to make using a recycled box and tissue paper (easy in comparison to General Organa or an X-Wing). For more inspiration on piñatas, check out the awesome crafter and maker Crafty Chica-- she also made a Star Wars purse, which of course I love! May the force be with you on this craft, har, har, har.
Small Gift Box
Brown Tissue Paper
Sticker Eyes (or Googly Eyes)
Ribbon or String
1) First, I cut strips of tissue paper.
2) Then I cut fringe on the tissue paper strips.
3) Next I glued the tissue paper strips around the gift box.
4) Finally I added Chewie's details, like his bandolier and eyes, and a ribbon (to hang the piñata).
I'm probably way too proud of this Chewie piñata; one might call me Han Solo of Star Wars piñata making. ;-) Here's a video showing the final product:
I want to mention this great STEM book, One Is a Piñata: A Book of Numbers by Roseanne Greenfield Thong. It's a fun math book, introducing kids how to count, and it's a great book to accompany any Cinco de Mayo celebration. For any May the Fourth celebrations, the Lego The Force Awakens book by Elizabeth Schaefer is a funny read. And one lucky STEM Sparker has the opportunity to win both books! Please use the Rafflecopter below, and if you make any Star Wars related piñatas, leave a comment or tag me on social media. Happy STEM-ing everyone!