Daily activity 39: George Lucas

May 14, 2020

This week’s theme:

Mysterious News… This Week In History

Fact of the day:

On 14th May 1944 George Lucas was born In California, USA.

Resources list:

Newspaper or tinfoil, cups, beakers, tubs or bins; Youtube; cardboard, scissors, glue, pattern; card or paper plats, paints or felt tips, scissors, string or thread; newspaper and selotape; red carpet outfit!

Activity 1:

George Lucas is a film producer and director, his best known films include the Indiana Jones movies.

In ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ Indiana Jones is chased by a rolling boulder. Practice rolling your own boulders into targets. Roll up large ‘boulders’ of newspaper or tinfoil. Make some targets, such as beakers or bins on their sides. Can you roll your boulders into the targets? If you find this easy, move your targets further away.

The first Indiana Jones films were released in the 1980s. Try this 1980s music quiz – do you recognise any of the songs? Have a dance to any that you like!

Activity 2:

Indiana Jones’s biggest fear is snakes. Make a Twirling Snake – on a paper plate or circle of card, draw a spiral that forms the snake. Hang your snake with string or cotton from its tail, but don’t get it anywhere near Indiana Jones!

Activity 3:

George Lucas created the two Star Wars trilogies. Try doing Yoda, Darth Vader, R2D2, or Chewbacca impressions! Try marching around your house like a Stormtrooper in time to their marching music.

Activity 4:

Make a paper lightsaber from newspaper, see here. But don’t make any scissor cuts into your lightsaber.

With your lightsabre, try some slow and steady Tai Chi moves.

Activity 5:

In the Empire Strikes back, Han Solo is frozen in Carbonite.. Have a boogie to this song but can you strike a pose, and freeze as if frozen in Carbonite everytime you hear the word ‘Star’. Or, can you remain frozen in your pose for the entire duration of this disco Star Wars song  – it’ll be tricky to keep still, you could time how long you last!

Activity 6:

George Lucas has been nominated for hundreds of awards over the years and has won four Academy Awards, or Oscars! Make a cardboard Oscars award (it could look something like the real thing or could be an awards statue of your own design). What would you award people in your house for, or yourself for? Best use of vegetables in a meal? Best singer in a lockdown musical? Best costume for a weekday? Best hairdo given the circumstances? Or just best friend, biggest smile, loudest laugh, or best listener?

Dress up in your fanciest clothes and have a red carpet event to award the awards. Walk the red carpet, people are going to be taking your photos so pose, pose, pose! Send us your photos from the red carpet! You can share them on our FacebookInstagram or Twitter or send it to melanie@purplepatcharts.org and we’ll put it online for you!

Add on Activity:

It looks a bit tricky, but if you’re up to the challenge, make yourself an Indiana Jones hat with these instructions. Or make a Star Wars X Wing.