Imaginary worlds: Super superheroes

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By Jenni Tavenerearly years teacher and writer.

Discover who are your favourite superheroes using these fun and practical activities

Super superheroes

1 ‘S’ for superhero

Create a personalised superhero logo to wear for role play

Communication, Language and Literacy

Linking Sounds and Letters

Development matters: distinguish one sound from another (22-36 months); recognise rhythm in spoken words (30-50 months).

Early learning goal: hear and say sounds in words in the order in which they occur.

What you need

Group size: small groups.

Pictures of the comic book superhero, Superman™’; ‘S’ for superhero’ activity sheet ; felt-tipped pens and crayons; thick crayons or marker pens; child scissors; glue; cardboard; strong tape; wide ribbon or Velcro.

What to do

Look at pictures of Superman™ wearing his bold ‘S’-shaped logo. Encourage the children to identify the initial sound of their name, for example, ‘S’ for ‘Suzie’, ‘A’ for ‘Ali’ and so on.

Give each child a copy of the activity sheet and help them to write on their initial letter using thick crayon or marker pen.

Invite the children to use felt-tipped pens or crayons to decorate the shapes and spaces around their letter to create a bold, personalised logo. Help them to cut out and glue their logo on to a piece of cardboard. Trim around the cardboard to create a sturdy superhero shield.

Tape a strip of cardboard to the reverse side of the shield to create a handle for the children to hold. Alternatively, attach pieces of wide ribbon or strips of Velcro to the shield so that it can be worn like a tabard during role play based on superheroes.

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