We received a birthday party invitation with a superhero theme and decided to look for another superhero-themed gift that would allow a child to use their creativity! We found a pack of superhero masks that you color yourself and tie an elastic string to. They have pre-cut holes for the eyes and strings, and you cut out the top shape of the mask. We wanted to provide everything (except the scissors) that would be needed to create these, so we included something to color the superhero masks. While we used colored pencils to personalize ours, we found a pack of twistable crayons to put with this gift.
In playing with these masks at home, we found them to be versatile...some became superhero masks, others were reimagined as a tiger or fox. My son brought them out when family was visiting and his older cousins created their own superhero personas. Even grandma created her own superhero mask that came with the ability to freeze everyone! There are 4 different superhero mask designs, each has 5 copies making it a total of 20 masks in the package. There is a small bag in the back that contains the elastic strings. I was pleasantly surprised when I realized this bag was attached to the package with adhesive so that we wouldn't lose the strings when we used the masks again later!
To inspire some new superhero moves, we gave the book, Superhero School. In this story the main character, Leonard, has unusual skills and strength, like the ability to hit a baseball into orbit or to defeat a Lava Monster, and is enrolled in Superhero School. He and his classmates are taught about fractions, multiplication and division, but all Leonard wants to do is vanquish evil robots. One morning on the way into school the students receive a note that their teachers need to be saved. Leonard and his classmates work together and have to use their new math skills to save them. I read this superhero book to my 5 and 2 year old, and while some of the concepts were above their heads, they still enjoyed the book and were able to understand that the ice zombies needed to be divided into groups for each student to defeat them, or that it took three students to blast through the icy wall. The book introduced some terms that kids will eventually learn more about while also entertaining them. I was asked to read it multiple times, and the 2 year old was upset when it wasn't around anymore!
To see more about another superhero gift and two other superhero books, check out this blog post. And see the links either in the text, or the buttons below for purchasing information for these masks and the Superhero School book. Purchasing from these links helps to support this site at no extra charge to you. Thank you!