CHALLENGING PLAY

Many participants asked about Super hero play and how to take this type of play further.  They were worried about the 'death' element of this play.

At this meeting we hope to explore the issues involved in super hero play and creatively investigate new ideas and activitites.

During this session we explored the difficulties of challenging play and how to link this to creativity and the children's learning.

The participants had the chance to explore lots of resources that would lead to challenging play and how they could adapt it to their own settings.

 

We discussed how to approach fears from parents about super hero play and the issue of death in role play.

The participants questioned their ideas and beliefs and commented on a set of questions in order to challenge their thinking and to talk about resolutions.  These comments are below in the chart.  Thank you everyone who took part for these comments.

 

The questions were...

What challenges might result from play occuring through the use of reseources such as those that have been provided?

 

Resources provided

Small world dinosuars and farms

Gizmo and gadget making

Dressing up

Masks

Weapons

Super hero characters

Potions 

 

What Positive resolutions could be found?

 

What would the role of the adult be?

 

Sue Dickin told the group about a super hero story used in story making that would be a positive reinforcement for challenging play and was called Super Sid.

Look in Book list and additional resources for this story.



 

What challenges might results from play occurring through use of resources below?

Masks

Small world dinosaurs and farms

Dressing up

Weapons

Super hero characters

Potions

Gadgets and gizmos

Children being frightened

Rough with animals

Children being strangled

Killing each other

Crashing into each other

Eating or drinking potions

Choking hazards

Children not sharing

Children not sharing

Sharing

Sharing

Children not sharing

Parents fears

Some items considered risky

Flicking elastic

Noisy

Difficult to make clothes

Hitting each other

Noisy and rough

Allergies

Parents don't like the idea

Masks getting ripped or spoilt

Broken toys bits poking in eyes

 

Language, dead, die

Broken toys

 

 

 

What positive Resolutions could be found?

Masks

Small world dinosaurs and farms

Dressing up

 

Weapons

Super hero characters

Potions

Gadgets and gizmos

Revealing identity

Positive play with animals

Children help each other to dress up

Discuss rules made by children

Praising children for good behaviour

Give parents ideas about mixing potions

Imaginative play

Taking turns and swapping

Grouping by name

Social skills

Discuss with parents and other staff

Letting aggression out

Mud kitchen outside

Creative play

Making own masks

Colours, sizes, counting and sorting

Imagination developed

 

Finding out about a child’s home life

Experimentation and using senses

 

 

What would the role of the adult be?

Masks

Small world dinosaurs and farms

Dressing up

 

Weapons

Super hero characters

Potions

Gadgets and gizmos

Get involved and dress up too

Talk about difference and similarities

Get involved and encourage creativity

Get involved and intervene if needed

Praising children for good behaviour

Discussion with children and parents

Close supervision

Role model play

Role model play

Role model play

Role model play

Explaining consequences

Safety discussions

Role model play

Pretend to have super-vision

Observe

Encourage social skills and risk taking

Discuss rules made by children

Discuss what makes characters special

Observe

Positive reinforcement of weapon play

 

 

 

Discuss with parents and other staff

 

 

Discuss with parents and other staff