The other day, my first grader took out the super hero figures and wanted me to sit down and play with him. Luckily, we had read Hulk Saves the Day the night before so I had an idea to start off our play time.
Hulk Saves the Day is a Marvel Super Hero Squad book by Chris Strathearn. In this book, the villains decide to plant special plants that grow so big they can destroy buildings. The villains first plant the plants around the Super Hero Squad's school, but then move to City Hall. The Super Hero Squad works together to chop down the giant vines and get the villains to leave Super Hero City.
I am not the biggest fan of the Super Hero Squad TV show, but I do like these Super Hero Squad books. They have story lines that don't involve much violence, and coming from someone who has read MANY super hero books, that isn't the easiest thing to find! This book also uses words like writhing, menace, erupted, and encased within the story. You have to love a book that uses some interesting words while telling the story! My son really enjoys these books and we have read them over and over in the last 2 years. Each time I think he has gotten over his super hero stage, it starts again!
That afternoon, we took out our "town blocks" and built a city for the super heroes. I always end up having to play the villains, so my job was to plant the seeds that grew to take over the city.
It was such a nice day out, we took our toys outside to play.
I can't tell you how many times the villains planted the mutant plants and how many times the super heroes needed to "rebuild" Super Hero City that day!
Even though I try to involve projects, reading, and games into our day, much of it is still spent playing the way the boys want to play. It isn't always easy, but I know it is important! It makes them happy, which in turn makes me happy!