What makes a hero super?
Created by Salvatore Rubbino
Would you like the power to fly, to take off from your chair anytime you wanted? WOW!
What about using your strength to support a wobbly bridge just before the passenger train arrives? YIKES!
Maybe you could use your powers to transform yourself into a tiger or a butterfly; Your skills may help you save rain forests or speak to ghosts. Whoopee!
Or perhaps you’d use your special abilities to make a friend smile or to climb a tree to rescue the cat? ZIP-A-DEE-DOO-DAH
Even if you don’t have your superhero powers yet, we are all capable of extraordinary things. Whether it’s an amazing act of kindness, unstoppable determination to complete a task or a mindboggling catch during the ball game. Characters in stories often face challenges and find extraordinary ways to overcome a difficult situation.
These are Nick Sharratt’s rough drawings for Tracy Beaker and show how the character comes to life in all her unstoppable glory. The author, Jacqueline Wilson, got the idea when she, ‘saw some photos of children in care homes looking desperate to be fostered’. She said, ‘I wanted to write about a fierce funny little girl who has to fight her own battles’. Tracy is tough and can be rough but is also extremely kind... sometimes!
Have you noticed Tracy’s super expressive hair? Can you imagine the wind blowing through her curls and would that make her grin grow larger than ever?
In the story Journey to Jo’burg, 13 year old Naledi and her brother walk 300 kilometres from Mafeking all the way to Johannesburg in a race against time to fetch help for their seriously ill baby sister. They have to walk because there is no money for a train. To help her think about the details in the story, the author Beverley Naidoo, wrote a list of the places between Mafeking and Johannesburg and then added up all the distances. In an early draft, Naidoo has scribbled over and rewritten her typed up copy until she finds the best way to tell things.
What’s the furthest you have every walked? Were there times when you felt like giving up? What kept you going?
Peter Parker is a school student when he is bitten by a radioactive spider. As a result he develops superhero strength and becomes Spider-Man, able to scale tall towers, shoot webs and swoop through New York City. Spider-Man’s motto is, ‘with great power comes great responsibility’ and he uses his abilities to catch baddies and keep the
If you were a superhero what special powers would you have? Would you choose to fly, crawl up walls, time travel or fire laser beams from your hands? Would you like to move objects with mind control, grow giant size or shrink as small as an ant or shape shift into any animal form? And could you be super resourceful to always manage a tricky situation?
What kind of superhero costume and accessories would you have? Would you wear a mask, a cape that would make you invisible, an iron suit to protect you, a gadget belt, rocket blaster boots, or a chameleon coat with a special pattern so that you could blend in anywhere?
Here are some superhero sound effects: Kazoom, Kerping, Blap, Zeek, Bish-Bash-Bosh, Biff-Bam-Pow, Swoosh and Whaam!
Can you come up with your own?
What you will need for the activities:
A4 plain paper
A4 assorted coloured paper
a drawing pencil
coloured pencils, crayons, marker pens
a pair of scissors
a glue stick
Activity 1: Make a flying superhero
Fold a sheet of A4 paper (white or coloured) into an aeroplane. Then carefully cut 5cm off the tip.
The aeroplane will become the body of your superhero and the wings will be transformed into a cape. Draw on a belt and other details. Then draw and cut out legs (with rocket propelled boots!), arms, a head and perhaps some superhero sound effects. If you don’t have coloured paper, you can add colour with pens, pencils or crayons instead.
3. Open the fold along the centre and glue the head into position here.
Open the fold along the centre and glue the head into position here.
And then the legs.
The arms go here, stretching out in front or if you prefer tucked under the cape along the side of the body.
If you’re using ‘sound effects’ glue them onto the cape next.
Your superhero is now ready to save the universe!
Activity 2: Changing into your costume
Draw a pair of feet at the bottom of your page (A4 paper) and perhaps those of a friend
Fold the sheet over till it touches the tip of your drawing
Imagine yourself in the picture, draw the rest of the body and colour in if you choose to.
Now imagine yourself and your friend in your superhero costumes ready to save the universe. You could give yourselves speech bubbles or include superhero sound effects!