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(Open thematic poster-Comic strips) Print, laminate, and display all kinds of posters.
(Open educa-theme-Comic strips) Print and laminate the items that represent the theme. Use them to present your theme to your group (and parents) while decorating a corner of your daycare.
(Open educa-decorate-Comic strips) Print, laminate, and cut out the various items. Use them to decorate your daycare and set the mood for the theme.
(Open models-Comic strips) Print several models. Let children decorate them. Cut them out and hang them within your daycare or near your daycare entrance to create a garland.
(Open stickers-Comic strips) Print the illustrations on adhesive paper to create a collection of unique stickers.
(Open educ-poster-Silver) Print and display within your daycare.
(Open stars) Print and display. Stick a star on the floor for each child and name this space "Superhero Boulevard". Ideally, your Superhero Boulevard should be set up where it is sure to be seen by your group and children's parents. If you prefer, you could hang the stars from the ceiling or on a clothesline. Ask your local movie rental store for movie posters. Use them to decorate the walls of your daycare.
Collect several different comic strips and present them to your group. Let children manipulate them and flip through the pages.
Questions to ask your group:
- Who is your favorite superhero?
- Which superhero powers would you like to have?
- If you were a superhero, what color would your costume be?
- Which superheroes do you know? Name them.
- If you were a superhero, who would you like to help?
- Name an accessory that can be used by a superhero.
- If you were a superhero, what would your name be?
The pictures may be used as a memory game or to spark a conversation with your group. Use them to decorate your daycare or a specific thematic corner. (Open picture game-Comic strips) Print, laminate, and store the pictures in a Ziploc bag or in your thematic bin.
(Open activity sheets-Comic strips) Activity sheets are suggested for each theme. Print and follow instructions.
(Open writing activities-D like drawing) Print for each child or laminate for use with a dry-erase marker.
(Open educa-nuudles-Comic strips) Print for each child. Have children color the sheet and use Magic Nuudles to give it a three-dimensional look. Variation: You don't have Magic Nuudles? Have children fill the spaces designed for Magic Nuudles with bingo markers or stickers. To order Magic Nuudles.
(Open stationery-Comic strips) Print. Use the stationery to communicate with parents, in your writing corner, or to identify your thematic bins.
VARIOUS WORKSHOPS-Comic strips
- All kinds of blocks on which you have added star-shaped or shiny stickers. You can also wrap them in aluminum paper.
- Gear blocks for special constructions.
- Cardboard boxes wrapped in comic strips.
- Various types of cardboard.
- Empty toilet paper rolls.
Arts & crafts:
- Hoops, string, beads, and feathers for making dreamcatchers.
- Glitter for magical creations.
- Gel markers and dark paper for writing...just like magic!
- Black construction paper and a model for making a magician's hat.
- Cardboard tubes, scraps of paper, and plenty of imagination for creating magic wands.
- Paper edgers and crafts scissors with fun designs.
- Shiny stickers that can be used for collective or individual collages.
- Create magical rocks simply by painting them with bright colors.
- Superhero, magician, and star-themed coloring pages.
- Use white glue to draw designs and sprinkle glitter over the lines.
- Invite children to draw something they would like to see appear...like magic!
- Draw in the dark, with flashlights, or under black lights.
- Creative coloring activities.
- Costume bin: collect several different superhero costumes by asking parents to share old Halloween costumes with you. Let children explore the contents of your bin throughout the theme.
- Magician's kitchen: Large pots, a variety of ingredients, large spoons, plastic dishes and wine glasses, magic powder (Jell-O), etc.
- The magician: A magician's hat, a black cape decorated with shiny appliqués, a magic wand, a stuffed rabbit, a bird cage, a deck of cards, etc.
- A magic-themed memory game (educatall.com or store-bought version).
- Dark blue or black modeling dough to which you have added glitter.
- Star-shaped or round cookie cutters.
- Different card games or an oversized deck of cards.
- Accessories for magic tricks.
- Books about superheroes, magic, imaginary worlds, etc.
- Hang tiny lights and tulle to create a special hideout for reading.
- Book and CD sets. Children will love wearing headphones to listen to stories.
- Sequential stories.
- Games with educatall.com word flashcards.
- Various activity sheets related to the theme.
- An obstacle course children must complete in the dark. Add objects they must collect along the way (magic wand, magician's hat, rabbit, bird, playing card, etc.).
- A treasure hunt in which children must find the ingredients for the magician's magic potion.
- Encourage children to hide under your parachute...to disappear like magic!
- Activities in the dark while holding flashlights or glow sticks.
- Games involving shadows (children or objects behind a white bed sheet).
- A container filled with different types of beads.
- A container filled with glitter or tiny rocks painted with fluorescent paint.
- Use lemon juice to write secret messages and watch them appear when you hold a candle next to them.
- Glow-in-the-dark items.
- Simple magic tricks.
Use the cards to spark a conversation with your group or in your reading and writing area. They may also be used to identify your thematic bins. (Open word flashcards-Comic strips) (Open giant word flashcards-Comic strips) Print. balloon, text, drawing, colors, to draw, coloring, superhero, book, pencil, character, story, black and white
ROUTINES AND TRANSITIONS
Game-This is my spot-Comic strips
(Open transition games-Comic strips) Print two copies of each illustration. Use adhesive paper to stick one copy of each illustration on the table. Place the second copy in a bag. Children take turns picking an illustration to determine where they must sit at the table. You may also use the illustrations to determine children's naptime spots or their place in the task train.
My comic strip path
(Open transition games-Comic strips) Print, laminate, and secure the illustrations on the floor of your daycare to create a path leading to the areas frequently visited by children throughout the day. The path can lead to the bathroom, the cloakroom, etc. If you prefer, use the illustrations to delimit various areas.
PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AND MOTOR SKILLS
Who is hiding under the cape?
To the sound of music, encourage children to move around your daycare. When the music stops, they must lie down on the floor and hide their eyes with their hands. Place a cape, a blanket, or your parachute over a child. When you give the signal, the other children must open their eyes and determine who is hiding under the cape.
The comic strip hero says...
Just as in "Simon says", have children perform a variety of different actions, but only if you say, "The comic strip hero says..." first. If you ask them to perform an action without saying these words first, they must remain perfectly still.
The comic strip walk
Invite children to walk around your daycare, pretending to be comic strip heroes. Encourage them to make bizarre sounds with every step. Use musical instruments to determine how fast or how slow they must walk. Take pictures of the children in your group throughout this activity. Print them and display them on a wall to create your own unique comic strip.
Give one child a magic wand. The other children must follow his/her instructions. For example, the superhero child can point his magic wand toward his/her friends and say, "I have transformed you. You are now frogs, horses, chairs, etc." The other children must pretend to be whatever the superhero says. After a few transformations, give another child the chance to play the role of the superhero.
Play fast-paced music and lead a superhero training session in your yard. You can invite children to suggest original moves and exercises.
Comic strip superhero obstacle course
Set up an obstacle course in your yard. Tie a small blanket around each child's neck to represent a cape they can wear to complete your superhero obstacle course. At the end of the course, children can jump on a small trampoline to "fly" like their favorite superhero.
(Open educ-pairs-Comic strips) Print. Children must draw a line to connect matching items or color them using the same color. For durable, eco-friendly use, laminate and use a dry-erase marker.
Color by number-Comic strips
(Open color by number-Comic strips) Print for each child. Children must color the picture according to the color code.
(Open educa-symmetry-Comic strips) Print. Children must color the picture on the bottom to make it look exactly like the picture on the top.
(Open educ-colors-Comic strips) Print and laminate for durable, eco-friendly use. If you prefer, print a copy for each child. Children must associate the various items to the correct color and draw a line connecting them using a crayon of the corresponding color (or another crayon).
(Open puzzles-Comic strips) Print, laminate, and cut out. Children must place the pieces correctly to complete each scene.
(Open educ-shadows-Comic Strips) Print and laminate for durable, eco-friendly use. Children must associate each shadow to the correct illustration and connect them by drawing a line with a dry-erase marker.
Color by number-Superheroes
(Open color by number-Superheroes) Print for each child. Children must color the picture according to the color code.
Magnifying glass game-Superheroes
(Open magnifying glass game-Superheroes) Print, laminate the board game and the cards, and cut them out. Store the cards in a Ziploc bag or box. Children pick a card and search for the corresponding illustration on the board game using a magnifying glass. When they find a match, they must deposit the card in the correct square on the board game.
Deposit several items related to comic strips and superheroes (a star, a magic wand, etc.) on a table. Invite children to observe them closely for a few minutes. Cover the items with a cape (blanket) and remove one. Children must identify the missing item.
MORAL AND SOCIAL ACTIVITIES
Costumes and so much more!
Provide hats, scarves, and a variety of costumes children can use to create original superhero outfits. If you have a large mirror in your daycare, encourage children to admire their designs.
Display pictures of the children in your group to represent comic strips. Encourage them to admire the comic strips, find themselves in the pictures, and name their friends.
Family-themed comic strips
Ask parents to provide pictures of their child and his/her family members. Invite children to create their very own family-themed comic strips by sticking the pictures on a large piece of cardboard displayed on a wall.
My very own comic strip
(Open My very own comic strip) Print for each child. Ask children to draw themselves in the squares. When they are done, give each child the opportunity to present his/her comic strip to the group.
Superhero of the day
(Open poster-Superhero of the day) Print and display on the door that leads to your daycare. Each day, display the picture of a child who will be the "Superhero of the day". Throughout the theme, give each child a turn. Your "Superhero of the day" shall have various privileges. For example, he/she can share a special photo album with the group, bring a toy from home, pick which book you will read at story time, be the first in line, etc.
(Open dress-up dolls-Superheroes) Print and laminate. Set the pieces on a table and let children dress the doll as they wish.
The power of magnets
Set a variety of different objects on a table (nails, paperclips, dimes, rubber bands, crayons, blocks, lipstick, etc.). Hold a magnet next to each item. Sort the items with your group, placing those that are attracted by the magnet in one container and those that aren't attracted by the magnet in another container. Help children understand which metals are attracted by magnets.
Food item of the week: Spinach
(Open educ-poster-Spinach) Print and laminate the posters. Use them to present spinach to your group. The posters will make it possible for children to discover various forms of this everyday food item. Display them in your kitchen area or next to the table where children eat.
Ask children to share their favorite foods and recipes with you. Prepare as many of these as you can during the theme. Print the recipes and use them to create a superhero recipe book.
Special powers recipe
You will need several different flavors of Jell-O powder (one per child). Have each child add one tablespoon of Jell-O powder to a large bowl. Add hot water and stir to completely dissolve the powder. Once the mixture is lukewarm, let each child drink a small quantity of the mixture. Tell them it will give them special powers...
ARTS & CRAFTS
(Open puppets-Comic strips) Print and cut out. Stick a Popsicle stick behind each character to create puppets.
(Open models-Comic strips) Print the models and use them for your crafts and activities throughout the theme.
(Open stencils-Comic strips) Print and cut out the shapes. Children can use them to trace or paint items related to the theme. If you wish, you can arrange the stencils on a large white paper banner and let children spray them with a mixture of water and poster paint, press sponges dipped in paint all over them, or even use toothbrushes to splash paint over them. Either way, when you remove the stencils, the end result will be quite impressive.
Collective comic strip
(Open blank comic strips) Print for each child. Encourage each child to draw or make a collage representing a simple story inside the frame. When they are done, arrange the squares in a row to create a comic strip that is sure to be quite silly.
My comic strip hero
(Open blank comic strips) Print for each child. Let each child draw his/her favorite comic strip hero inside the frame and display their drawings on a wall.
(Open masks-Superheroes) Print and deposit the pages on your arts & crafts table. Encourage children to use the materials you have on hand to create unique superhero masks. When they are done, attach a string on either side of each child's mask so you can tie it behind his/her head.
Creating a superhero
Invite each child to create a unique superhero using a variety of materials: cardboard boxes, modeling dough, salt dough, feathers, buttons, pipe cleaners, glitter, scraps of construction paper, tissue paper, etc.
(Open face outline) Print for each child. Let children represent a superhero face using markers, construction paper, scissors, etc. If you prefer, children can also use paper plates to represent their superhero's face.
I am a hero
For each child, place an overhead projector transparency on a mirror. Encourage them to look at their reflection in the mirror and draw their different facial features. You will be amazed with the results!
My hero is...
Ask children to draw a family member or someone they are close to who they consider to be a hero or someone they admire. Display the drawings within your daycare.
Invite each child to lie on a large piece of paper and trace the contour of their body. Display the body outline of each child on a wall and encourage them to color it to represent a superhero.
My superhero lives here
Cut several different shapes out of colourful construction paper and set them on a table. Invite children to use the shapes to build a house for their favorite superhero. If you wish, you can help children learn their home address by sticking the corresponding numbers above the door.
(Open model-magic wand) Print and trace the model on heavy cardboard. Ask children to cut out the star and wrap it with aluminum paper. Glue a wooden skewer behind it (remove pointed tip). If you wish, children can paint it first.
(Open coloring pages theme-Comic strips) Print.
Complete the drawing-Comic strips
(Open complete the drawing-Comic strips) Print for each child. Children must complete the drawing by adding any missing items.
SONGS & RHYMES
(Open songs & rhymes-Comic strips)
Sung to: London Bridge is falling down By: Patricia Morrison
Comic strips can make me laugh,
Make me laugh, make me laugh
Comic strips can make me laugh
They are so much fun
Drawings, balloons, and captions,
And captions, and captions
Drawings, balloons, and captions
They are so much fun
Superheroes and silly text,
Silly text, silly text
Superheroes and silly text
They are so much fun
The Educatall team
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