June 10, 2020
How to plan an EPIC Superhero themed birthday party
Calling all super-parents! Our team at Great Pretenders wants to help you plan the most EPIC superhero birthday party for your little one. We know that organizing a kids birthday party can be stressful. But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered this year!
So here’s the plan. Each child at the birthday party is going to become their own superhero. We are going to take them through the ultimate superhero training academy to make them the strongest superhero they are destined to be! At the end of the party, you can present them with an official Certification of Superhero Academy and a Superhero ID card. You can find these printable materials included below.
There’s one catch… you need a secret villain! Have another adult at the party be the villain while you organize the games. At the end of the party, our new superheroes will have to defeat the villain with their new super powers! (or Spider web, AKA silly string.)
Superhero Training Academy checklist
Present each child with this checklist at the beginning of the party. Explain to them at the end of this party they will become the ULTIMATE superhero! Allow me to explain our checklist.
Other games to play:
Find the Villain: Print out famous superheroes and their respective villains. Next, tape the villain somewhere in your yard, park or around the house. Have the kids choose a superhero at random. They must find the enemies of that superhero. You can provide names and pictures of the villains they are looking for to make it easier.
Thor’s hammer throw: Create Thor’s hammer with a sponge and cardboard. Stack paper cups into a triangle. Have the kids stand a distance and try knock down the cups with Thor’s hammer.
Catch the villain tag: Once the kids discover that dad is the villain, let them play tag using silly string as their spider web.
Make your own paper plate masks: Click here for a DIY paper plate mask we love!
We know your little one will think you are SUPER awesome after throwing a birthday party like this!! If you choose to throw this EPIC Superhero party, please tag us in your photos on Instagram @grtpretenders. We LOVE to see the magic kids can have with pretend play.
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June 29, 2020
We get a lot of questions (ok some questions – come on, reach out to us more people!)- about how we come up with our costume ideas. Well Kira and the peeps working in product development have a huge influence on these steps too. We meet, hash out some concepts, sketch and colour, then cut up shiny scraps of fabric and staple them to the sketch. Then the hard work begins as she translates these ideas into the costumes we all know and love.
June 25, 2020
It’s a generally accepted “best practice” for parenting- but if your house is anything like our house, these past few months have left us longing for new book discoveries. If we have to read the Gruffalo one more time…
We have gathered a list of our top 10 books featuring pretend play, dressing up & creative problem solving that have inspired new finds at the library (and bookshop)! If you are shopping for new presents and books- we also encourage you to reach out to your local toyshop.
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