These superhero-themed gifts were given to twin 5 year old boys. I have seen the boys wear superhero shirts and costumes, so I thought it would be something they would enjoy. Each boy was given their own Melissa & Doug Simply Crafty Superhero Masks and Cuffs Kit, a book and a superhero Pez Dispenser. I like that the mask kit is something they could enjoy playing with and it also provided an opportunity to be creative in decorating their own masks and cuffs, or crafting their superhero identity! I've also looked at the Design Your Own Superhero Mask by Seedling. The difference is that the Seedling mask, besides being more expensive, is made of felt and includes glitter, glue and felt shapes to glue onto the mask whereas the Melissa & Doug Simply Crafty Superhero Masks and Cuffs is made out of cardboard and includes 2 masks and 4 cuffs along with metallic stickers and cardboard shapes to stick onto them. I wanted to test out the Melissa & Doug Simply Crafty Superhero Masks and Cuffs because at only $4.99 it seemed like a good value for a similar play experience. Plus it included two masks and four cuffs. I bought an extra set for my four year old son to test, I mean play with. He was really excited to open the kit and started customizing his mask right away! It was a good activity to engage him. He enjoyed peeling the stickers and putting them on the cuffs, and punching out the cardboard pieces. He stuck several pieces onto the mask, but in the end he peeled off the decoration because he felt the plain blue mask looked more like Batman. He wore the mask and cuffs for a little bit, but then tired of wearing the mask and only wore the cuffs. We still have undecorated masks and cuffs that are in great condition even though they are made of cardboard, and lots of stickers and cardboard shapes left so he will be able to decorate again another day. Overall I am pleased with the experience of the Melissa & Doug Simply Crafty Superhero Masks and Cuffs and at the very reasonable price, would purchase again as part of a gift or if ours ever needs to be replenished!
To add to the superhero experience, each boy was given a superhero-themed book. These included The Day I Lost My Superpowers and Ten Rules of Being a Superhero. In The Day I Lost My Superpowers the child thinks she has superpowers because she can "fly" or walk on the ceiling, breathe underwater, and make things, like a cupcake, disappear. Sadly the disappearing powers don't work as well with peas. Then one day the powers don't work anymore and she hurts her knee. A magic kiss from mom seems to help and it turns out that mom has superpowers, too! In reading this to my four year old, I think he was engaged with the story because what the words say (for example, the child saying she could fly) and what the illustrations show (the child flying off the slide) made him look harder at the drawings to figure out what was happening. We talked about how he also uses his superpowers to make cupcakes disappear!
Ten Rules of Being a Superhero covers how to be a superhero with rules like Rule Number 4, "A superhero must use his power in a good way" by sharing cookies with everyone! Rule Number 6 says superheros need "a tasty snack to be in top form." In Rule Number 7 "Superheros must rest so they can recharge..." See the photos of each book to see examples of the illustration styles.
I also would consider giving Do Super Heroes have Teddy Bears if I gave this gift again. I needed a little something extra for this gift, and wanted to give something the boys could be excited about right away, so a Marvel Superhero-themed Pez Dispenser came to mind! Remember Pez?! I picked up a Captain America and Spiderman Pez Dispenser at our local candy store. Want to learn more about that cool "4" shirt in the first photo? Got to this blog post to learn more about it. See the links in the text or the buttons below for purchasing information for the mask kit and books!