We Don't Play With Guns Here: War, Weapon, and Superhero Play in the Early Years

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Open University Press, 2003 - Psychology - 115 pages
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War, weapon and superhero play has been banned in many early childhood settings for over 30 years. This book explores the development and application of a zero tolerance approach through the eyes of children and practitioners.
The author challenges the key rationale for linking aggressive play themes to violent behaviour. She examines play where children are allowed to construct weapons and enact goodies/baddies and superhero scenarios with sensitive adult guidance, and explores the generally positive experiences of children and practitioners. Rather than reading this form of play as the beginning of the slippery slope towards anti-social behaviour, readers are invited to view it as an entry point to imaginative play and social development.
We don't play with guns here is a fascinating and insightful contribution to this area of much debate in the early childhood community. The book is key reading for early childhood practitioners, teachers, students, parents and policy makers.

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Boys will be boys and girls will sit nicely
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The power of imagination
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the experience of one setting
51
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About the author (2003)

Penny Holland has worked in a variety of educational contexts in inner London for the past 20 years, originally as an administrator and development worker in a community education centre. After completing a B.Ed as a mature student she worked across the primary range specialising finally in early childhood, working both in a school nursery class and an under fives centre. For the past three years, following completion of an MA in Early Childhood Education with Care, she has worked at the University of North London as a senior lecturer in Early Childhood Studies.

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