Superheroes seem to be everywhere, from the latest blockbuster movie, to toy shelves full of Spider-man and Batman, to costumes worn by the small (and the tall). We also see these heroes in the library – a cute caped crusader sitting in on story time is a pretty common sight. Many children love to dress up and adopt their favorite superhero personas simply because it’s fun. Such play also cultivates your child’s creativity and social skills.
Because we often see these heroes fly by our children’s desk (sometimes faster than a speeding bullet), we recently invited them to come together for our “Superhero Training Academy.” In this program, kids 5 and older created a unique superhero identity and trained with their super powers. Kids made capes and masks, had pictures taken in their heroic costumes, completed an obstacle course, played a hero/villain matching game and competed in bowling for super villains.
We really enjoyed seeing kids who were at first intimidated by the stage suddenly spring up in their costumes and ham it up for the camera. Some kids even convinced their parents to don masks and pose, too. And since we are a library, we of course had plenty of superhero books available for kids and parents to check out – one little girl was obsessed with getting as many Hulk stories as she could.
The library has plenty of superhero books and DVDs, so check out our collection. We even have books about superhero pets! Reading these heroes’ adventures and encouraging heroic role play can help teach kids lessons about being good or moral, being responsible and playing well with others. Who knows, the children below might one day form their own super team!