Many children find superheroes and their superpowers fascinating. When planning a superhero birthday party or themed gathering, you can keep the children entertained with superhero crafts. Hands-on crafts give the children a chance to put their imagination and creativity into the craft of their favourite superhero. Adjust the difficulty of each craft depending on the age of the children.
Give each child a colouring page of his favourite superhero. Place markers, crayons, paint and stickers on the table for the children to use to colour their pictures. After the children colour the pictures, have them cut out the pictures and glue them on a piece of card stock or cardboard. Cut around the outside of the superheroes and laminate each one to make them more durable. For added decoration, the children can glue their superheroes to wooden craft sticks to make superhero puppets. To make a superhero shine, paint a thin layer of glue over the colour and sprinkle glitter on the glue. Shake off excess glitter and the superhero will sparkle.
Print the heads of several superheroes like Spiderman, Batman and Iron Man on sheets of card stock. Give each child a picture of his favourite and have him cut the head out. He also needs to cut out the mouth and eyes. Attach elastic string to the mask by punching holes on either end and tying the string to both sides so the children can wear the mask. For a variation, print or draw uncolored masks and have the children colour the masks themselves. Laminate each mask to make it more durable.
Children can use large sheets of fabric to make their own superhero cape. For example, cut a large piece of black fabric and have the child paint the Batman emblem with yellow paint in the middle. Once the paint dries, help the child tie it loosely around his neck and shoulders. You can also use large, smooth fabric towels or tablecloths instead of fabric for the cape, and you can cut out felt designs and glue them on if you don't want to use paint. Print pictures of different superhero cape designs for the children to use as a guide. If you want a more personalised cape, draw or cut out a giant version of the child's initial in the middle of the cape.
Make superhero sugar cookies using a superhero-shaped cookie cutter. Give the children each a cookie and have them sit around a table. They can use different colours of icing, icing pens, sprinkles and candy pieces to decorate the sugar cookies. You can also use Batman, Spiderman and Superman shaped cookies cutters. Cookie cutters are available online and at many retail stores. Make coloured icing by adding drops of food colouring into white icing. Make the bat signal by putting a thin bat shaped cookie on top of a round cookie, then colour the bat black and the round cookie white. You can also draw a simple superhero mask with icing on regular round cookies.
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