“Super Readers, to the rescue!” This is a phrase that we hear in our home quite frequently these days – from our little Super Why! fan. We stumbled upon the PBS Kids show, when our little nugget absentmindedly pointed at the show’s icon on Netflix one day, and requested to watch an episode. It became an instant favorite with our daughter! And considering the fact that we saw a big improvement in our daughter’s letter recognition skills (as well as her ability to rhyme words), after she started watching…we approved of her choice. In honor of our daughter’s new favorite show, I decided to get a little crafty, and make some Super Why! Super Reader Puppets!
Super Why! Super Reader Puppets
- 4 Paper Bags
- Construction Paper (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, pink, and white)
- Felt (red, yellow, blue, and pink)
- Yarn (red)
- Markers, Crayons, Colored Pencils
My little nugget is still a bit too young to really assist me in the scissors department, so I did most of the prep work while she was napping, and then she helped me glue all of the characters together.
“Wonder Red – with word power!” Wonder Red’s superpower revolves around rhyming and word families. To create this particular Super Reader Puppet, we cut a cape out of red felt, a purple rectangle for her outfit (adorned with her signature spiral belt), braided some red yarn for her hair, added some brown eyes (with eyelashes), drew on a little nose, and glued a red tongue inside her mouth.
“Alpha Pig – with alphabet power!” Alpha Pig’s superpower revolves around the ABC’s – he uses various tools out of his Alphabet Toolbox (like his Lucky Letter Lasso). To create this particular Super Reader Puppet, we cut a cape out of yellow felt, a purple rectangle for his outfit (adorned with his signature triangle belt), drew on some blue eyes (covered by a pair of orange safety goggles), added a pink pig nose, and glued a red tongue inside his mouth.
“Princess Presto – with spelling power!” Princess Presto’s superpower revolves around spelling out words, using her Magic Spelling Wand. To create this Super Reader Puppet, we cut a cape out of pink felt, a pink dress (adorned with her signature star belt), drew on some green eyes (with eyelashes) and a little button nose, glued a red tongue inside her mouth, and topped it all off with a pink princess crown.
“Super Why! – with the power to read!” Super Why is the main character in the show, and my daughter’s favorite superhero – she even wants to be Super Why for Halloween this year! 🙂 Super Why’s superpower revolves around vocabulary, and the ability to read. He uses his trusty Why Writer, and Super Duper Computer, throughout each episode. To create this Super Reader Puppet, we cut a cape out of blue felt, a green rectangle for his outfit (adorned with his signature yellow belt, and blue book), we added his green superhero mask (with blue eyes), and glued a red tongue inside his mouth.
We’ve had so much fun pretending to fly our Super Reader Puppets into various books, to help save the day! My little nugget also enjoys having random conversations with each of the characters. 🙂
If your kids are fans (and regular viewers) of the show on PBS Kids, they might point out that we are missing a puppet – Woofster, the dog with dictionary power. I’m aware of Woofster’s existence, but he has not yet been introduced in the seasons we are currently watching on Netflix. We will create our Woofster puppet when the time comes, but feel free to go ahead and create your own!
And if you haven’t had a chance to watch the show, you can check it out here: http://pbskids.org/superwhy/ (or on Netflix).
See you later, Super Readers! 🙂