CHOOSE ONE– Select at least one of the articles below to learn about why children engage in pretend play focused on superheroes and war.
- Beyond Banning War and Superhero Play: Meeting Children’s Needs in Violent Times by Diane E. Levin (~13 minute read)
In this article from NAEYC, Levin addresses why children engage in this type of play and some common concerns from teachers about war and superhero play.
- Understanding Gun Play: A Teacher’s Journey by Kenneth Sherman (~20 minute read)
In this piece published in the High Scope Extensions newsletter, Sherman describes his work in the preschool classroom and how he approaches this type of play with children.
- Should Parents Be Concerned About Violent Play? by Virginia Sole-Smith (~4 minute read)
In this article from Parents, Sole-Smith highlights what families might consider when they see their children using violence during pretend play. She highlights normal play and when to be concerned.