Star Wars BB-8 Inspired Play Dough

The Force is back. And it’s ready for a fight! Star Wars fever has definitely been building up in our house in anticipation of The Force Awakens.  So I pulled together a few droid parts for my little Darth and laid out this BB-8 Play Dough Invitation to Play. This post contains affiliate links.

Have some Star Wars: The Force Awakens droid building fun with this BB-8 inspired play dough tray.

Star Wars Family

Are the kids (or you) Star Wars fans? We are! We’re kind of a Star Wars family… Tag @leftbraincraftbrain on Instagram if you want to share your Star Wars family pics with me.  I’d love to see the fun stuff you’ve been doing.

Star Wars family portrait :) #Halloween #StarWars #DarthVader

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Star Wars BB-8 Play Dough Supplies Needed

Since my daughter hasn’t seen the new movie yet (not out yet plus she’s a bit young to see it in the theater), I picked up a BB-8 for her to look at.  Do you know how hard it is to find one of these? I really wanted the Sphero BB-8 {affiliate}, but that was a bit pricey. So then I went for the remote controlled BB-8 at Target, but that was sold out. And there were no figures, dolls or stuffies. So I ended up with a huge(!) BB-8 night light.  Oh well…

BB8 Play Dough Tray Left Brain Craft Brain

I added a few styrofoam balls to the tray on a whim.  Those were a definite winner! They make the droids light than a huge ball of play dough and the paper clips can push through and stick them together. The droids became sturdy enough for a good play session.

BB8 with Darth in Background 2 Left Brain Craft Brain

Although this was a BB-8 play dough tray, all droids were welcome.  That definitely made for better storytelling! The metal parts were a hit of this tray too and encouraged all sorts of different designs. Just like with our Tinkering Treesscrews are fun to play with and make for great fine motor skill building.  Plus they make awesome droid eyeballs :)

Smiley Face Bot 2 Left Brain Craft Brain

BB-8 Play Dough Recipe

For this activity, you can make three batches or split one into thirds and color the dough after making it.  If you want perfectly uniform color, it’s easier to add the color before cooking.  White food coloring {affiliate} is my secret weapon for the whitest play dough outside of store bought. It kind of blew my mind when I found out there was such a thing as white food coloring :)

  1. Combine dry ingredients in a large pot and stir until well mixed.
  2. Stir in water and oil until combined.  Add food coloring until desired color is achieved.
  3. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until dough is thick.
  4. Remove play dough from the pot and place on a plate or cookie sheet to cool.  Cover with a paper towel or dish cloth so it won’t dry out.
  5. Once dough is cool enough to handle, knead dough until smooth. For the silver play dough, add silver glitter and knead until mixed.
  6. Once dough reaches room temperature, store in an air tight container or zipper bag.

More Star Wars Activities for Kids

In honor of the new movie, I’ve rounded up a bunch of Star Wars STEM projects for you and your kids. Awesome stuff like lightsaber math, X-Wing Fighters made out of office supplies and the coolest lava slime you and Darth have ever seen.

Star Wars STEM final LBCB featured

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Have some Star Wars: The Force Awakens droid building fun with this BB-8 inspired play dough tray.

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