sparkle crafts: protector capes
This week we are celebrating Superheroes of all kinds. With that, we wanted to re-share a post from last year about making a DIY cape for kids.
In this Martin & Sylvia: Saturdays! story, “Protectors,” Martin and Sylvia learn that police officers are sort of like parents… or superheroes! They help protect people in cities or towns. They are the keepers of the peace.
Police officers are like superheroes without capes, but that doesn’t mean that you have to cape-less! Today we’re going to make our very own protector capes that can be customized however you’d like (and whenever you’d like!)
You Will Need
Felt or Flannel (approx. 2 feet long and 2 feet wide)
Felt or Flannel Scraps
What To Do
Cut out your cape shape. The general shape is a triangle with a flat top. Do your best to make the top approximately the width of your child’s shoulders. Get creative with your cape – it doesn’t have to be a straight triangle. Ask your child if you should add waves or other fanciness.
Work with your little one to cut out decorative shapes for their cape. You may need to do the cutting for the younger ones, while older children will be able to cut their own shapes (no matter how abstract they may be!)
Once you’ve cut out all the shapes, choose where the embellishments will be on the back of your cape. Using the self-adhesive Velcro, attach one side of the Velcro to the cape and the other side to a felt piece. Continue until your whole cape is decorated. Don’t like how it looks? Want to move a few pieces around? Go for it! The beauty of Velcro means that the decorative pieces can be mixed, matched and moved however your little one would like!
Once the cape is complete, pin it to the back of your little one’s shirt (we opted for this over having the cape tie around your little one’s neck simply for safety’s sake) and let your inner-protector out! In no time flat your kiddo will be flying around the town (yard)…
leaping small buildings (jumping from trees) in a single bound…
and having all sorts of fun!
Explore More & Make Connections
How else can you decorate your cape? What will you add? How will you attach it! Give it a try!
Have you ever met a police officer? What did you think? What do you think police officers do in your town or city? Do you have any questions you’d like to ask a police officer? Martin and Sylvia were able to talk to a police officer in their town to find out about police officers; how would you like to do that? Work with your grown-up to see if you too could talk to a police officer and get your questions answered.
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About the Author
Sparkle Crafts Blogger
Andrea Folsom describes herself as a writer, editor, creative maker, and eternal optimist. She is passionate about learning and sharing new creative techniques, making beautiful spaces, and talking about the social-emotional benefits of creativity and art. She runs Crafting Connections - a website providing inspiration, practical advice, and projects for creative families - with her close friend Danielle Reiner.
About the Author
Sparkle Crafts Blogger
Danielle Reiner describes herself as a creative, a maker, and a mama. At the heart of her story is creativity, though that hasn’t always been the case. She rediscovered her deeply hidden creativity early in adulthood – with a ball of yarn and a couple of knitting needles – and hasn't stopped since. Danielle also runs Crafting Connections - a website providing inspiration, practical advice, and projects for creative families - with her close friend Andrea Folsom.
About the Martin & Sylvia Saturdays! Series
Saturdays are special days for our creative brother and sister. From enormous art projects in their own backyard to “explorers” adventures up Mooseberry mountain; from mornings of quiet building along the creek, to whole-family canning adventures in the kitchen, the children find fun and inspiration at every turn. Each story is accompanied by a craft or project inspired by the story, and a printable project page for more creative fun.