Activity: Superhero Yourself
- Colored construction paper, white paper, glue, black marker
- 1 hour
By Molly O'Shea
Have kids make a superhero version of themselves!
Begin by asking kids to think about superhero attributes. Will their superhero be super fast? Super sweet? Super stretchy? Have them list adjectives to describe their superhero.
While kids are imagining their superhero, cut out several basic shapes from construction paper. Kids will assemble these shapes into their superhero. (Let older kids cut out shapes that you've drawn.) Here are some good shapes for making superheros. Also cut out extra "cape" shapes (or triangles) if your little superhero will want long hair or a skirt. (Click the image for a large PDF template.)
On a white sheet of paper have kids layer and glue the cut-outs to create their superheroes. Make sure they assemble the superhero to one side of the page so they will have room to draw a speech bubble.
- Start with the cape and align the straight edge at the bottom of the page.
- Add the body on top of the cape, aligning the straight edge at the bottom of the page.
- Place the head on top of the body, and the cap over the top of the head.
- Place the mask over the bottom edge of the cap, then place the eyes on top of the mask.
Have the children draw arms, ears and mouth. They can put a letter on the body for their name. Have them draw a speech bubble over their superhero, saying something awesome and superhero-ish.
You can extend this activity by having children write a comic book about their superhero. Use blank pages or this printable comic book template.
After 14 years of designing on the computer, it was volunteering as art docent in her son’s kindergarten classroom that made Molly realize how much she loved working with her hands. Her blog, Love the Everyday, is dedicated to turning everyday objects into something beautiful. She has a degree in Studio Art from UCSD and lives with her husband and two sons in Encinitas, California.
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