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Bad Guy Target Practice

on July 9, 2012

Life is finally returning to a bit of normalcy here and I am ready to get back in the blogging saddle.  I have come up with a new rotation of topics and starting today, every other Monday will feature a Craft Time post.  Enjoy!

So, The Boy Child has a dress up box that can rival any little girl’s costume chest.  At any given time he can be any Avenger (with the exception of black widow)  an X-men, a Transformer, or a Jedi.  In order to give him an outlet for these superpowers – besides his sister or the dogs – Jay and I came up with “Bad Guy Target Practice”.

What you need:

  • Large board of some sort (we found a 2 foot by 4 foot smooth, thin board at Lowe’s for $12)
  • Craft paint and paintbrushes
  • Acrylic spray to seal the paint when you are finished

We did this project last fall when the boy child’s costume repertoire was considerably smaller and consisted of only Iron Man and Captain America, so Red Skull was sort of our obvious villain choice.  We found a picture of Red Skull in one of his books (based on the Disney Avenger’s series) and then went to town.  Jay drew it all out (he definitely has the superior drawing skills) and then I painted.

I love what we came up with but, there are so many other ways you could go for your little ones.  One or more targets or even a stick figure of some sort if you want something a little less elaborate.  If your kids are older you can even let them get involved in the planning and painting.  A good project to do together.  We also used this at his superhero themed birthday party last year and the kids had a blast taking turns  blasting him with Iron Man’s repulsars, throwing Captain America’s shield at him, and hammering him with Thor’s Mjölnir.

When you are finished painting, spray with acrylic sealer if you like and then set it up outside somewhere (this is definitely an outside activity by the way.  The rebound from Captain America’s shield is quite destructive).  We usually just lean it up against a tree or a chair but you could certainly add base of some sort for stand alone capabilities.  And now your little hero or heroine is ready to keep their super powers well honed and will be ready to save the world at a moment’s notice.

Happy Crafting!


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