Superhero fans……..?

My son is becoming more and more a superhero fan, anyone who knows my husband will know this was inevitable! There are plenty of really good superhero picture books on the market and I am sure I will talk about different ones in the future. Traction man by Mini Grey is series of Superhero books we read a lot at home and I always used when I was teaching. Children genuinely love these books and want them read over again!


Traction man is a child’s toy who has an action outfit for every occasion, he goes on many missions around the home and is always prepared for anything! His missions often mean saving his pet scrubbing brush from various situations including from the poisonous dishcloth and the Mysterious toes. Traction man’s adventures and how he saves the day are always very humorous!tmih_spread_01v2-dc2c5f29a43b816b6f2ca185c92285c1

The way the text is presented on the page has a comic books feel, with lots of captions and pictures. This means there is a lot of detail and as it is read over and over again, children notice new elements and it captures the imagination more and more!


Children love to create things with a superhero focus and especially ones that they can use in their play, here are some we have made!

Superhero cuff

Need: Cardboard tube, scissors, pens, bits to decorate (we used stickers and washi tape).

This is so simple, you just need a cardboard tube which you cut length ways. I also took out a cm wide length and curved the corners. Finally decorate, we used stickers and washi tape but you could just use felt-tip pens or paint.

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Peg heroes

Need: Wooden peg, pens, fabric, washi tape, pipe cleaner.

First we drew on a face and hair onto the peg. Then we wrapped sticky-back fabric around the body (from Tiger), finally getting a piece of fabric for cape attached by wrapping around with a pipe cleaner. They played with them for hours after!!

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Outfit for a cuddly

Need: Fabric scissors, rubber stamps and ink,

We cut up an old shirt for the cape and rubber stamped onto it. You can use any rubber stamp ink, however if you want to be able to wash the cape buy the ink pad suitable for fabric and follow their instructions. I tied the cape around the neck, I know you very clever sewers out there will do a much more professional job! We made the eye mask by cutting up an old top and cutting out holes for the eyes and tying around the back.2015-05-03 16.47.03

Of course after we made Benjamin bunny’s outfit we had to make the same for Tom!!!

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For more information about rubber stamping onto fabric check out Seeds and stitch blog, they gave me the very lovely idea to print on a muslin for a personalised new baby gift!

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I hope these inspire you! I have put a folder in our pinterest of even more ideas!

Other superhero books we love….

Superhero ABC by Bob Mcleod (fantastic alphabet book!)

Supertato by Sue Hendra

Super Daisy by Kes Gray (yay……. a female superhero!)

Charlie’s Superhero Underpants by Paul Bright

Happy reading! Xxx


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