Help children discover positive answers to their question about the world by supporting safe superhero play.
For as long as there have been heroes and villains in our books, on our TVs, and in our everyday lives, children have been imitating them in their play. Superhero play remains a wonderful, developmentally appropriate way for children to explore power, experience adventure, and investigate big questions about the world. Yet many adults are troubled by the effects media storylines, stereotypes, and violence have on children's superhero play.
Magic Capes, Amazing Powers takes an in-depth look at why children are so strongly attracted to superhero and weapons play. It also examines the concerns felt by families and teachers and suggests practical solutions that take into account the needs of both children and their caregivers. It explores how the use of redirection, storytelling, dramatic play materials, anti-bias curriculum, and clear limit setting can guide superhero play in a positive direction, one that addresses caregiver concerns and allows children to do what they do best-play!
Eric Hoffman has been working with young children since 1970 as a preschool teacher, parent, and foster parent. He worked for twenty-five years at the Cabrillo College Children's Center in Aptos, California, as a master teacher and administrator and is currently an instructor in the Cabrillo Early Childhood Education Department. Eric has degrees in developmental psychology and in architecture and design. He has used his design background to help create over fifty playgrounds for schools. He currently designs toys and other wood items, which can be seen at www.erichoffmanbooksandtoys.com.
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