Even Superheroes Have Bad Days

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Do you have any superheroes in your house? My kids are goofy, ticklish, brave, and loyal heroes in my life, for sure.

Yes, most days, my little girl and guys wake up ready to leap tall buildings in a single bound, and my love for them is more powerful than a locomotive. But we are far from perfect, and when they unleash tantrums it can turn my day upside down faster than a speeding bullet.

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That’s why I love the new picture book Even Superheroes Have Bad Days from author Shelly Becker and illustrator Eda Kaban. I’m always looking for creative ways to help my kids connect with their emotions because I know the practice leads to greater happiness and well being. One of my jobs as a mom is guiding my kids to make good decisions—even when they are sad or mad or frustrated—and this book is a great conversation starter and touchstone for families.


With humor and rhyme, Even Superheroes Have Bad Days introduces us to a diverse band of heroes with superhuman potential. When superheroes don’t get their way, there is no limit to the havoc they could wreak in towns and villages. But upset superheroes have all sorts of choices, and while they COULD throw a car across state lines, they choose a positive action like mountain biking, public service, or meditation instead. 


The book does a great job balancing its teachings with fun and engaging illustrations, so it doesn’t feel at all “preachy,” contrived, or forced. These superheroes are actually super fun and super great role models. I also love that they are original creations. My kids are still young, and we don’t yet have a ton of comic books or cartoon heroes in our world, but this book could provide a welcome break from the endless stream of licensed merchandise. 

To extend the good vibes from Even Superheroes Have Bad Days, I put together a simple superhero sensory bin for my three- and two-year-old. Sensory play is shown to be beneficial for young minds and hands and is recommended for developing problem-solving, social-emotional, and fine motor skill. It is also engaging enough to give you twenty minutes of guilt-free alone time when you need it most! We have a few sensory play stations in bins that I pull out regularly during the evening hangry hour.


This bin...
* Is simple and easy to create
* Promotes open-ended and imaginative play
* Is soothing and calming

* Uncooked Rice
* Food coloring
* Lavender Essential Oil  (your sensory secret weapon)
* Ziplock bags, parchment paper, and a plastic bin (I love this pack of Sterilite bins with lids.)
* Optional: Play and learning items such as glow in the dark stars, marbles, spoons, cups, and jumbo tweezers or scoopers.)

To make this calm-down sensory bin, I parceled out the rice into ziplock bags, added a bit of food coloring and lavender oil, and mixed. I laid the colored, scented rice out on the parchment paper to dry a bit before I dumped it into the bin, added fine-motor toys, and set it out for the kids.

Next time, I would love to add this secret ingredient to make the bin glow in the dark or switch out the toys to make a Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site bin like my friend Stephanie at Parenting Chaos.


My little girl and guy love to scoop and dig in the rice, and the texture, color, and aroma help them slowly work out the kinks when they aren’t quite feeling like themselves. After all, Even Superheroes Have Bad Days, and we all appreciate having this calming activity on hand.


Book Themed Superhero Activities for Kids

A few of my blogger friends also created book based activities with a Superhero theme. Check them out below!

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