Today we are joining Sun Scholar's 100 Days of Play series with OVER 100 other bloggers! The point of this series is to really play with your kids every day- but also to find super simple ideas that don't require a lot of gear or set up. I think I have something that fits that bill for you today! It's a super simple stuffed animal superhero cape!
We went to a family reunion recently and Ladybug came home with a new-to-her stuffed animal, given to her by my aunt. This little guy has been by her side ever since and whatever book we read or show we watch, he changes roles to match. Super Grover came on so of course this little…bear…(?) became a superhero. I asked Ladybug what kind of thing we could give him to make him look like a superhero and she exclaimed, “Ooo, I know, a cape!”
I thought she would enjoy decorating it so I got out the Post-Its which would be just the right size. She told me she didn't want to draw on it and that she wanted me to make it. I asked what should be on it and she thought for a while. Finally she said, “Buh-buh-Bear………Buh-Buh-BEEE!” I said wow that's right, bear starts with B! She said she wanted a B on his cape so I drew it on, using the color blue, which was her choice. She has a set of Wonder Pets stuffed animals and their capes have letters, so I'm guessing that is where she got the notion to put a letter on it. Here is a the super easy run down on how we made it.
Quick Tutorial for a Superhero Stuffed Animal Cape
Decorate your post it note cape.
Poke a couple slits in the corners of the post it and thread pipe cleaner through it.
Wrap the pipe cleaner around the stuffed animals' neck, twist it tight and tuck the ends down or behind the neck.
What To Do with a Superhero Stuffed Animal
Super Bear has had all kinds of adventures! He flew around the house, rescued baby brother (I don't know what from), played in the back yard, “flew” down the slide and even went potty, apparently! We even created a superhero obstacle course for him using things already in our back yard! Under the chair, up the slide ladder, slide down, fly around, you get the idea! It was so fun to play with Ladybug in her own pretend world!
This would be an easy rainy day play to put together to make forgotten toys feel new again. In fact…as I wrote that I noticed the sound of rain outside…where Super Bear was resting at the bottom of the slide! So I guess he got a little shower in today too!
Developing Skills Through Play
This project works on fine motor skills if your child colors the cape with markers and twist the ends of the pipe cleaners to get the cape to stay on. Creativity comes through in decorating the cape, naming the bear and all the ways you can play with him. Flying him around and making him go over and under various obstacles is great gross motor practice too!
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