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Ben 10 Strikes Again!

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Applicable to: 
Early Years Practitioners
Event Type: 
per person
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About this event

Superheroes and popular culture 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.

Participants will have the opportunity to discuss these issues and any concerns and take away lots of helpful ideas to implement immediately.


  • Reflect on why children explore and are fascinated by popular culture with links to current research and texts;
  • Discuss how to incorporate these interests in positive ways across the early years’ foundation stage curriculum;
  • Consider exciting strategies to support mark-making and writing;
  • Acknowledge some of the challenges about developing this type of play; how to set appropriate limits and devise a positive superhero/weapon play policy for your setting. 

The day is planned to meet the needs of different levels of experience and expertise. It will involve small group discussion, practical activities and a visual presentation. Handouts with further reading, references and ideas, plus a sample superhero/weapon play policy will be included.

Trainer(s): Anni McTavish

Anni McTavish began her work with young children in a co-operative parent-run playgroup in the late 1980’s, going on to run and manage the group. She has worked across the UK and Europe as a trainer, consultant and writer and works in settings on a variety of creative projects. Anni 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 & Learning 2007) and is an Early Education Associate. Her background in the arts, education and psychotherapy gives her a unique perspective on early years and her approach is to inspire, inform and help practitioners identify strengths and areas to develop. Her recent book, Playing and Exploring (2013 Practical Pre-School books), focuses on the characteristics of effective learning.