Don’t you just love it when you have a moment of inspiration that doesn’t cost anything and that has the potential to make your children very happy?!
Certainly not an everyday occurrence, but I will gladly take these moments when they come!
Yesterday morning I was picking out clothes for my boys so they could get dressed before breakfast. I grabbed a new shirt that I recently found at Goodwill and showed it to my oldest son, Jack. The shirt is a parody on Stars Wars. More specifically, it is a “Sea Wars” shirt from the Georgia Aquarium.
My boys don’t know much about Star Wars since they are still too young to watch it, but they have a vague idea of who Darth Vader is and that he is a ‘bad guy’. Incidentally, if you ask them for a run down of ‘bad guys’, Darth Vader makes an appearance in a very short list, along with other notorious villains like Goliath and Zac from Wild Kratts who is always trying to hurt animals.
Seeing the light saber on his shirt, I had an idea. I asked him if he wanted me to make him a light saber. Duh. Yes please!
Literally, in about three minutes, Jack had a light saber that lit up and there was one less piece of trash on our garage floor. It was a win-win.
Chances are, summer has left you with the remnants of fun times forgotten. Water balloon pieces. Permanently flattened grass from a slip-and-slide. Bubble blowing paraphernalia.
You might be on top of your game and have a spotlessly clean garage and yard. Me, not so much. If you do have a bubble wand around (they were a hit at the Target dollar spot for a while this summer) and a flashlight, you can make a light saber for your Jedi-knights in training.
If you used to have multiple bubble wands but since have crushed them under the wheels of your vehicle (yep), then you can find another at Target for $1.99. Your second child who didn’t appreciate going the morning without his own light saber will thank you.
I almost feel like I’m insulting your intelligence by calling these directions. But humor me.
1. Take empty, dry bubble wand. Line it up with flashlight. Wrap around tightly with tape. (I used packaging tape).
2. Turn on and find a dark place to duel.
3. Teach your children all the classic Star Wars lines and how to identify storm troopers needing to be dealt with.