Superhero play can be seen by some as encouraging potentially ‘violent’ or ‘aggressive’ behaviour.
Here at Tops Day Nurseries however, we find that superhero play challenges the way children problem solve and lets them imagine different scenarios in which they control.
By acting as superheroes, children can feel brave, fearless, in control of their world, extraordinary and will have an immense feel good factor. It also gives them the opportunity to investigate right and wrong, experiment with language, use creativity, find outlets for physical activity, and learn more about difficult skills like impulse control and conflict resolution.
At Tops Day Nurseries, superhero themed activities have been set up in the nurseries, with children being able to decide which superhero they would like to be and what powers they would like. They have been able to design their own masks and capes and take part in role play to distinguish how superheroes help others.
Not only do children consider Batman or Superman to be superheroes, but real life every day heroes such as firefighters, police officers and doctors.
Although it could be argued superhero play can inflict negative behaviour when super heroes ‘fight the bad guys’, this would take place under the watchful eye of our nursery practitioners who discuss with the children different ways in which they can resolve issues.
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