Is it a bird? Is it a plane?

No! It’s Freedom Flyer!!! Da da da DUN!!!

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I recently did a group therapeutic activity that I wanted to share with you all! It came about after the Baymax medical gaze creation. My coworker and I are continuing to work on creative ways to integrate medical play into various activities. Since we both like superheros, we decided to do a super hero themed medical activity. The challenge was simple: using various medical supplies and art supplies provided, create your own superhero. My coworker and I tried 2 different approaches for this activity. One was a 2-D art project using the medical supplies on a sheet of paper. The other was a 3-D approach by taking a blank cloth doll as a base and creating a superhero doll. I’m sharing the 2-D project this week since I have pictures.

Not only did we create a visual representation of the superhero, we also challenged our participants to create a bio of their superhero. We used a questionnaire that the kids filled out with their superhero’s stats. Here’s my example of Freedom Flyer:

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As you can see, you can get really creative with your character. You can also use the sheet as a way to talk about what the participants might want for superpowers, or what they see as weaknesses. If you want it to be even more therapeutic, you can have the participants create themselves as superheros. Or discuss how if they had superpowers, what would they want them to be? Try it out and let me know how it went!

Superhero Medical Supplies Challenge Activity Notes

Ages: 4 and up

Materials: construction paper, markers, various medical supplies (gauze, tongue depressors, medical tape, Q-tips, bandaids, etc) and glue

Therapeutic Value:
Creativity
Control
Normalization
Fine Motor Control

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