My Son and I Built Star Wars Droids With Everyday Items — Here's How You Can Do It!
Between the virtual learning, social distancing, and the cold, Midwestern winter, my family has been spending a lot of time at home lately. Needless to say, we've been going a bit stir crazy, so I was pretty excited when I saw that Disney had released a video series with at-home projects I could tackle with my kids. The videos in the Imagine From Home series are led by Disney Imagineers and each one includes elements of art, STEM, and, most importantly, imagination. We are a Star Wars family through and through, so we went with "Build Your R2 Droid" first.
The supply list called for common household items, most of which we already had lying around. Matthew Jamieson Abiva is the Imagineer who led this video, and he gave lots of alternatives for the different supplies. You could probably build these droids without even making a trip to the store. The whole video was only about 30 minutes long, but we did have to pause it quite a few times while we were working through the project.
This particular project was labeled with an "intermediate" level of difficulty because of the sharp tools and precise measurements, so it was definitely a team effort between me and my 7-year-old son. Even though we had to take our time, the instructions were clear and easy to follow. If you're looking for something your child can do on their own, I would recommend starting with the "Draw Your Own Big Thunder Mountain Railroad" video.
Building droids together inspired us to tap into our creativity and problem-solving skills, but we also had fun simply spending time together. We didn't just create droids that we can proudly display on our toy shelf, we created memories that we'll both cherish forever. Keep reading to see how they turned out!