Storytime & Artmaking: Even Superheroes Have Bad Days

Take inspiration from Shelly Becker's book Even Superheroes Have Bad Days to create your own superhero self-care mask. (While this activity is inspired by a book, you do not need to read the book to do the activity.)

About the Book

All kids have trouble getting a grip on their emotions, sometimes—even young superheroes! But what do they do when they’re having a bad day? Colorful action-packed illustrations and a dynamite rhyming text reveal the many ways superheroes (and ordinary children, too) can resist the super-temptation to cause a scene when they’re sad, mad, frustrated, lonely, or afraid. From burning off steam on a bike or a hike, to helping others, this energetic picture book has plenty of fun ideas to help kids cope when they’re feeling overwhelmed. Watch Read Aloud by Clinton Public Library, Indiana

Getting Started

  • What are some emotions you feel when you have a bad day?
  • What are some things or actions that make you feel better when you have a bad day?


  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Markers, crayons, or colored pencils
  • Optional: string, tape

Artmaking Activity

1. Draw the shape of your mask.

2. Cut it out.

3. Decorate your mask with self-care activities you use when you have a bad day. Some suggestions include walking outside, making your favorite meal, talking to family or friends.

4. Cut out circles for your eyes. Ask for help if this is difficult!

5. Poke two holes in the side of the mask and tie a string to each side. Or, tape the string to the mask.


Mask: an object worn on the face, typically for protection, disguise, performance, or entertainment