'Star Wars' Lightsabers Might Be the Best Social Distancing Toys For Kids

Ryan Britt

Keeping six feet part and wearing masks? Check. Star Wars has been doing this for 40 years. They’re not as clumsy or random as bouncy balls, and the weapons of the revered Jedi Knights might be the best toys available to parents who want to help their kids practice social distancing with friends and family who aren’t living in the same household.


As things around the country change, it’s a fact for some families that their children might be playing with children in limited daycare interactions, or, perhaps with extended family. Still, for now, you probably want your kids to not get too close to other kids. Which is, apparently, why the lightsaber toy was invented?

Most Star Wars lightsaber toys are about 3 feet long. So, if toy kids are dueling with those, and just the ends of the lightsabers are colliding, you’ve got your six feet of social distance right there. If your kids are wearing masks, on some level, that makes the Star Wars roleplaying even better. We used to think Kylo Ren and Darth Vader were being weirdos with those masks, but maybe they were onto something.

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