A block, a stick, a paintbrush…preschoolers are an inventive bunch and can turn almost anything into a weapon.
“Look! Our firetruck has plenty of bombs on it!”
“Bang! I shoot-ed you!”
“Let’s get those bad guys!”
I am a complete loss for how to redirect this kind of play in the classroom. Superheroes, that I feel comfortable with, since there is a narrative that you can tease out of helping others and working together. It is when it is straight up “I’ve got a gun” type play that I’m caught off guard.
I know it is useless to “ban” this type of play. So far I’ve talked about how we don’t use weapons at school, asked them what they are building with the blocks (knowing full well they are using them as guns but trying to spark conversation) and also answered their questions about WHY no guns at school honestly by saying that it scares some of the other kids when they play that way.
Usually I try to make these posts somehow helpful to other people, but I can’t even pretend to have an answer…so I am looking for yours!