Learning through play: Superheroes

To keep learning fun and engaging throughout summer break we have been taking a play based learning approach. My daughters often pick a theme in which we use within our lessons for the day. My daughters recently wanted to play Superheroes. (ages 2 and 6)

We used construction paper and popsicle sticks to make our own superhero masks. When finished we wrote out facts about our superhero which gave my oldest the opportunity to practice on her writing skills. I had my oldest read the facts I wrote down about the superhero my youngest and I made together.

Learning I was able to incorporate within the Superhero theme…
-color recognition
-shape recognition
-reading
-writing
-creativity
-scissor skills

My oldest daughters Unicorn superhero mask.
Her unicorn had laser eyes, and could fly.
The Purple Cookie Superhero mask.

My youngest daughter came up with all the powers except for laser eyes. My oldest daughter added laser eyes to make the superhero a worthy partner in her eyes. It’s funny to stop and think like a two year old because eating an unlimited amount of cookies without getting sick would be a superpower. One that I never would have thought about. My youngest and I made the mask together. She picked out the colors to use which gave her an opportunity to work on her color recognition. I cut out the eyes as squares and ears as rectangles to incorporate shapes within the activity.

Colorful popsicle sticks.

I laid out colorful popsicle sticks for my youngest to choose from. I had her name each color as she chose which popsicle stick she wanted to use as the handle for the superhero mask.

As I cut out the eyes of the superhero mask my youngest poked holes in another piece of paper.
My youngest daughter added a pink mask to her mask because she insisted it needed one.
My youngest daughter practiced her scissor skills by cutting the masks hair. She’s still working on proper grip. She often tries to use two hands.

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Earth day superheroes made out of recycled materials.

HAPPY EARTH DAY!

Today for Earth day my daughters and I made our own Earth day super heroes out of recycled materials.

My youngest and I used various toys and popsicle sticks to make our Earth Day superheroes. When finished my youngest and I taped our superheroes within an old cereal box. I cut out the front of the box to display the superheroes and hung it in my daughters room. We named our superheroes fan-man (the yellow fan), baby shark (the red smiley face toy), Yoyoyo (the red fan), and Harmonica (the harmonica on popsicles sticks). My daughter named all but Fan-Man. Her superheroes names were inspired by two of her favorite songs we often listen to on repeat which are Baby Shark and Police Car Song.

Earth made out of cardboard, construction paper scraps, and an index card.

I had put aside the front part of the cereal box I had cut off to display our superheroes in. I ended up using that piece to cut out a circle to make an Earth in which we placed behind the superheroes. We used construction paper scraps and glued them onto the circle. My daughter placed a sticker on it in which she had ripped the head off of by accident onto our Earth. She then glued an index card on top of it.

My oldest daughters superhero. Garbage cleaner Joshua.
My oldest daughters superhero. Garbage cleaner Bob.

Tomorrow I’m going to have her write a story all about her Earth Day superheroes and how they help save our planet. It’ll be perfect for her half an hour writing time we are suppose to get in each school day. In which we do our best, she often argues about her writing time. In which I explain it is a requirement.

To all the other parents, caregivers, and or teachers out there I hope our Earth Day superheroes inspire you to dig through your recycle bin and make your own. It’s a fun art activity and can be turned into a fun writing activity as kids make up a story of their own all about their hero.

My oldest daughters messy work area with her art supplies and random toys all around.
My youngest daughters messy work area, as she digs in and gets to work.

I’ll be honest the mess that happens during arts and crafts time in our house drives me crazy. The clean up takes time and makes me reluctant to start a project. It’s worth it though because they have fun, and get a chance to express themselves and work on their creative skills. I am a believer that creativity is within us all it’s just a matter of using it as with any skill. It’s an important skill to have for anyone even if art isn’t something they enjoy doing. Creativity is used in many professions a baker creating a cake, a doctor trying to find a diagnosis among many things. Creative literally means using your imagination and original ideas, and a doctor although can look through a medical journal searching for a diagnosis at one point or another every illness was unknown. Sometimes they need to think out of the box and enhancing our creative intelligence makes that possible.

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