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Superhero Play For Kids

Have you ever seen your kids play with action figures or dressed up as superheroes? Or does your kid love his superman costume that he wears it all the time and keeps jumping off your sofa thinking he could fly? Well, that's okay. You might be afraid that your kid will get into an accident but that's normal either, if you are a parent. Nowadays, kids watching television highly contributes to ideas that they tend to play and act like superheroes as they've seen it. And superhero play will always be a part of a child's growing years. Kids either play with action figures or use props and dress up as superheroes such as marvel heroes or an x-men character in particular.

Using action figures is limiting as the toys are predictable. But the dramatic form allows kids to organize plots and use their imagination and skills. In any case both should always be encouraged. In preschool, kids find superhero play most interesting. Pretending to be a superhero allows them to establish their own identity as they often feel they are not in control of their lives it is because the rules are set for them. Through this, they begin to understand the difference between good and evil. And later on, it enables them to identify with the "good" characters as they stop themselves from doing the "bad" things.

Some parents worry that accidents will happen or that acting like a superhero may become too aggressive and disruptive. Keep in mind that superhero play also gives kids a chance to face their fears and show off their physical prowess. With proper guidance and supervision, superhero play can be a great stimulus of imagination. As parents, you need to guide your children if they act as superheroes as much as you guide them as they play around. So parents, before they cast those x-men-like powers to their "villains", here are some things you need to emphasize:

  1. Superpowers alone don't make a hero. Point out that they also show acts of kindness and helpfulness to others. Praise them when they do the same.
  2. Talk about real life heroes. Ordinary people can also demonstrate acts of courage and goodness.
  3. Set reasonable limits as to when and where superhero play is allowed. Explain why children can't copy the stunts of Superman, Spiderman, Wolverine, or any other favorite Marvel Heroes.
  4. Be open to learning opportunities. If they get interested in watching Star Wars, you can simply talk about outer space.
  5. Give them the chance to make choices and take on responsibility appropriate for their age. Let them involved in creating a plot or making costumes.
  6. Praise them when they accomplish real "feats" such as putting together a puzzle or learning to spell difficult words.
  7. Encourage them to express their feelings. Let them say what's in their minds while they're acting like superheroes. Does it make them feel great or is there something that makes them feel sad? That way, you can help them too.
  8. And most importantly, limit their viewing of aggressive superhero television shows. Some cartoon heroes may be too violent for children.


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