The Meadow room teachers and I have been talking about engaging some children who want to play good guy/bad guy games, which sometimes get too rough. This has been a perennial topic for teachers who work with four and five year old children. With our whole-school focus on relationship as our umbrella project this year, Nancy and Robyn are focusing on the idea of bringing everyone into connection. Intellectually, that can seem more challenging when play revolves around lightsabers and battles, but in another way we can understand this play as designed for connecting with others, sometimes quite literally by banging bodies together.
So a group came to the studio to think about fighting games. Some of the children play these games regularly and some do not. I asked the children "What games do you like to play?"
|"Thomas the train"|
|the game pieces|
|"fight the Foogly Monsters!"|
|"fight Darth Vader!"|