Superheroes and popular culture can have tremendous power to motivate and inspire young children, but we can often feel challenged to find positive and creative ways to support and develop this play in our settings. This session will cover creatively managing superhero and weapon play, including developing realistic limits, and how this can feed into, encourage and extend learning within the contexts of literacy and physical development. Participants will have the chance to discuss these issues, and leave with a host of ideas to implement immediately!
Anni began her work with young children in a co-operative parent-run playgroup in the late 1980’s. She went on to run and manage the group and since then has worked across the UK as a trainer, consultant and writer. She specialises in expressive arts, creativity, personal, social and emotional development and superheroes. She took part in the National Children’s Bureau PEAL scheme (Parents, Early Years and Learning 2007) and works in settings on a variety of creative projects.