For the past few weeks I’ve been in spring break planning mode. Now the funny thing about this program is that I won’t actually be the one carrying it out. I’m moving to a new branch this week, but I knew I wanted to leave the incoming librarian with an awesome program to start her off. I’m a little sad I won’t get to see the kids’ faces as they complete their superhero training, but the upside is I have an amazing program I can pull out in the future.
I got my inspiration and activities from the many other people who’ve held a superhero program and blogged about it. Here’s a list of resources I consulted:
- It’s a bird, It’s a Plane…It’s a Superhero Training Academy
- Superhero Party by Field Acquisitions
- Superhero Training Camp Programming Idea
- Superhero School by No Time for Flash Cards
- Superhero Storytime by Sunflower Storytime
- Top 10 Superhero Party Games
- We’re All Heroes: A Superhero Party Program
So here’s what I decided on! When kids first arrive, they will be given an OFFICIAL SUPERHERO CHECKLIST that they have to complete in order to get their OFFICIAL SUPERHERO CERTIFICATE. The five tasks they have to complete are:
1. Make a superhero mask or cuffs (or both!)
I got the template for the superhero masks from Sunflower Storytime. For the cuffs, I collected a bunch of paper towel and toilet paper rolls and cut them down to kid-size. The plan is to have markers, crayons, and stickers out that the kids can use to decorate. Then all you need is a hole punch and some ribbon to finish them off.
2. Bean Bag Attack
I collected empty tissue boxes, soda bottles, and an empty jug of laundry detergent (ask your co-workers – they will come through for you!), and then I decorated them with pictures of super villains. I hope these aren’t too scary! You can stack them in any formation you like, then give kids bean bags (or squishy balls) and have them knock them down. I anticipate this station being one of the most fun.
3. Read a Superhero Book
Brain power, man! I’ve been collecting a bunch of superhero readers – you know, the ones that have short sentences and can be read in 5-10 minutes. I’m also putting out some of our random non-fiction superhero books to draw attention to these items. I really wanted to incorporate some way to promote the collection and this was the easiest way.
4. X-Ray Vision
I filled 3-4 paper bags with random objects – rubber bands, broccoli, flower petals. The kids have to stick their hand in each one and identify the objects by touch only. You could also seal the bags and have the kids identify the object by squishing the bags.
5. Kryptonite Contamination
I made a bunch of small balls made of scrunched up aluminum foil and plan to hide them around the children’s area. Using two plastic spoons, kids have to find one aluminum ball, pick it up with the spoons, and carry it back to the decontamination station (a trash can with this sign on it). You could also use green construction paper or small green balls if you have those laying around.
And that’s it! I tried to keep it simple since I won’t be the one carrying out the program and I didn’t want to leave too much prep for the new librarian.
Have you done a superhero program at your library? We’d love to hear about it!