It's morning play and the indoor gross motor area has manifested into dramatic play; super heroes and magic powers. I watched in awe and wished that I could remember how to whole-heartedly transform myself into a super something-or-other. Myself and my Team Teacher recalled the things & people we used to become....Charlie's Angel's, She-ra/He-Man characters. Anyway, these are some of the (partly subjective) observations I made:
1) The invention of a special ability or power, that when watching them use it, makes it seem real.....and to them in that frame of time, it is!
2) The non-verbal cues that seem to tell a sidekick what the "plan" is and the reading of each others body language can be very subtle yet quite effective.
3) The Girls: huddle together and set up a plan of action, follow through with said plan, then pause to shout out what happens next.
The Boys: add things in whenever they see fit, tell everyone the plan as they already begin implementing it or after the fact.
*This isn't always the case, but today it just happened to play out in such a way.
4) Phrases often uttered may include, but are not limited to:
"Pretend that (I), (you)....." , "....and then (I), (she/he), (they)...." , "....and now (you're), (I)...."
5) When it's all said and done, life is content, an hour seemed like 10 and memories have been rendered!
What observations have you made about super hero/fantasy play? Got a anecdote to share, would love for you to post it here!
Until You Read Again....