Help Your Hero


As you get caught up deep inside an exciting book, you often find that the star of the story could really use some help. Design an element that gets your hero through a tough patch.


1. The first step to creating something to help a character within a book is to understand the style of the book. Is it a realistic story or an imaginary one? Does it take place in the past or the future? Your assistance needs to be designed in an appropriate form, no flying machines for Nancy Drew.

2. There are unlimited ideas available to you. Here is one example for a character found in a futuristic story. Use this to get your creative juices flowing.

3. Often the characters of a story feel scared and alone. You want to reach out and give them encouragement, to let them know that they are not alone. Yet they are in the middle of the action. What if they had a special attachment that they could activate and be comforted, be reassured that they will persevere. What if the smells of home or a special safe place were contained in small air pockets that could be popped and released?

4. For a wrist gauntlet, shape a large piece of craft foam around your wrist and note where on the shape the decorations need to be drawn. Lay the foam flat and create the artwork with Crayola® Twistables® Slick Stix™. When you are happy with your design, glue the foam into the gauntlet shape with Crayola® No-Run School Glue. Clip in place with clothespins while it dries.

5. Color the smooth side of bubble wrap using Slick Stix™. The colors and the design speak of the magic quality of the bubble wrap. Attach the colored bubble wrap to the foam armature.

6. Stain Advisement: Slick Stix contain pigments that may stain clothing, fabrics and other household surfaces. Wear a smock to protect clothing and cover your work surface with newspaper.

Safety Guidelines

Adult supervision is required for any arts & crafts project. Observe children closely and intervene as necessary to prevent potential safety problems and ensure appropriate use of arts and crafts materials. Some craft items, particularly beads and buttons, are potential choking hazards for young children. Avoid use of such small parts with children younger than 3 years. Craft items such as scissors, push pins and chenille sticks may have sharp points or edges. Avoid use of materials with sharp points by children younger than 4 years. Read all manufacturers' safety warnings before using arts and craft supplies.

Scissors—ATTENTION: The cutting edges of scissors are sharp and care should be taken whenever cutting or handling. Blunt-tip scissors should be used only by children 4 years and older. Pointed-tip scissors should be used only by children 6 years and older.


  • Apply the same creative view to real-life challenges of today. Assign a BIG picture solution as well as some small (doable) ones.
  • Pick an author to learn how and where they get their ideas from for their stories.
  • Dissect a popular book like one from the Harry Potter series to identify elements taken from classic literature, mythology, folk and fairy tales.

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crayola supplies
  • No-Run School Glue
  • Pointed Tip Scissors
  • Twistables® Slick Stix™ Crayons
household supplies
  • bubble wrap
  • clothespins
  • craft foam sheets



  • Grades 4 to 6


  • Language Arts
  • Visual Arts


  • Multiple Sessions


  • Students choose an incident in a book of fiction.

  • Students solve the hero’s dilemma with an invention that is genre appropriate.

  • Students describe how their invention works and helps the hero’s challenge.


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