Did you know that April 28th is National Superhero Day? Whether your child is obsessed with superheroes or you are just looking for something fun to celebrate at the end of April, National Superhero Day can be a great opportunity for you and your family!
To help you get started, the team at Sawyer wanted to provide some of our favorite superhero activities for kids that you can do at home. If you are looking for more great in-person and online activities for children of all ages, check out the superhero camps and classes that our educators like School of Magic Arts and Treasure Trunk Theatre are offering on Sawyer.
Superhero activities for kids
Superhero crafts for kids
There are many benefits of art for kids including improved fine and gross motor skills, increased curiosity and creativity, stronger empathy, and more. Plus, children really love doing arts & crafts! They love to get their hands dirty, explore new sensations and materials, and just have fun. Try some of these superhero crafts for kids to get them ready for National Superhero Day.
Despite what they say in The Incredibles, capes make the superhero costume complete. Creating capes with your child is a great way for them to get excited about becoming their own superhero! You can use old shirts, dresses, or sheets as the base and then buy fabric markers, glue, beads, gems, and anything else you think your child would want to add to their cape. Make one yourself so you can be Super Adult and they can be Super Child! This is one of our favorite superhero crafts for preschoolers because they don’t need to worry about coloring in the lines or working on something small.
Like capes, masks are essential for superheroes so that they can keep their non-superhero identity a secret. You can work with your child to make your own superhero masks by outlining their face in heavy card stock paper or even on a paper plate and then cutting it out. Let your child design their mask how they want and then punch two holes in the sides and tie a string between them so it fits around your child’s head.
For this superhero craft, you and your child will make your own superheroes out of popsicle sticks. The stick will be their body and then you can cut circles out of card stock paper for their heads. Then, get to designing! You can either recreate existing superheroes like Spiderman and Captain America or totally make up your own like Tree Woman. Later, you can use your popsicle heroes for puppet shows or even bookmarks!
Printable superhero crafts
Sometimes, we just need a little extra support for our arts and crafts. These printable superhero crafts make it even easier for adults and children to have fun and create great superhero art.
Superhero games for kids
Beyond arts & crafts, playing games is a great way to keep children entertained and maybe even teach them something (if you’re lucky). Here are some of our favorite superhero games for kids to play with one another and you.
- Captain America shield toss. In this game, children practice tossing paper or plastic plates (“shields”) into a basket like Captain America. This helps them learn coordination, motor skills, and perseverance. Plus, they can feel like one of their favorite superheroes!
- Superhero trivia. Once your child is dressed up like their favorite superhero (or the superhero of their own invention), play trivia with them to see how much they know! Make your questions a mix of superhero-themed and what they learn in school so they stay on their toes and continue having fun.
- Pin the cape on the hero. A classic spin on pin the tail on the donkey, print out a picture of a superhero without their cape and then print a picture of the cape. Blindfold and spin your child around and then ask them to tape the cape to the hero.
We hope this list of superhero activities for kids has inspired you and your family as you get ready for National Superhero Day as well as birthdays, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, and whenever you want to celebrate heroes! If you are looking for exciting in-person and virtual camps and activities, check out what our educators are offering on Sawyer.