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I have noticed a sort of trickle-down effect that happens in superhero-loving families: even kids who are not old enough to see the movies pick up on the story. My boys at 5 and 7 know as much about MARVEL’S The Avengers: Age of Ultron as I do! My kids will NOT be seeing the movie this summer with us, but that doesn’t mean they can’t learn how to be super!
Let’s break down superheroes, shall we? They are the Good in the fight between Good and Evil. But on an even more basic level, they are serving people. And SERVING is totally something my kids can do! When we first asked the kids what they wanted to do in their costumes, they said they wanted to help people. They may not have thought of scrubbing toilets when they said this, but we tried to help them think of some of their regular chores as Super Acts of Service.
How to Turn Your Kids into Super Service Heroes!
- Fuel Up. Kids work better with something in their system. We hit up Walmart for some Avengers-themed snacks. Doritos (which my kids LOVE), Cheez-It crackers (my favorite), and Diet Dr. Pepper for Rob and me. Not the kind of snacks we have daily, but that makes them a special treat for our kids!
- Dress Up. We found some GREAT costume additions to our already-deep costume closet. It’s not Halloween, but Walmart has costumes to celebrate MARVEL’S The Avengers: Age of Ultron in the toy area. There may have been a small tussle over the Hulk suit, but we worked it out.
- Pump It Up. We always blast loud music when we clean. This gets everyone moving and really sets the tone. Doing chores and serving does not have to be BORING. Super heroes need theme songs!
***There is a cool app you can download that scans the displays at Walmart! Starting today you can scan 12-packs of Dr. Pepper Avengers (or display signage) for a free digital comic book! Scan other Avengers displays in the store for more fun content.***
Chores are a part of daily life. We have our kids help with dishes and clearing the table every night after dinner. This sometimes takes longer than if Rob and I did it ourselves, but is teaching them responsibility. Once a week I have the boys clean their bathroom (more if they pee on the floor/walls/anywhere else) and they also clean their room at least twice a week. We like to emphasize that these are not just chores, but they are character-building. Adding in the element of the costumes and reminding the kids that superheroes serve really helped get them excited! I think often our kids think of super heroes as doing big things and fighting good and evil. (I think of it that way, too.) But talking to our kids about how super heroes are ultimately helping people gave our kids new perspective on heroism and service.
Want to see how we get our kids excited about toilet cleaning with safe products? Or see my list of eco- and kid-friendly cleaning products? We don’t keep a spotless home, but we DO get our kids involved and keep cleaning as safe as possible!
Speaking of safety: Don’t let your baby gnaw on the Thor hammer! It’s meant for ages 3 and up and could be a choking hazard. Quin may have found a way to chew off a piece! She is quite determined to consume as many non-food products as possible. But she sure looked cute being Thor!
Hulk had super strength to move the chairs out and really clean under the table. Captain America had a patriotic (AKA non-whiny) attitude about doing all the dishes. Thor…well, Thor just hit things with the hammer. And maybe put away a few toys. Maybe.
What Super Acts of Service do you have your kids take part in around the house?