Cartoons and animated movies have been a significant part of kids growing up for the longest time. They are the fictional characters that act as friends for your children. It leads to an obsession with superheroes on their bags, stationery, toys, outfits, etc. It is a big deal to them.
At times, you might wonder if it is good for them, while other times it may seem like a great way to keep them busy. No matter your approach, kids love these fictional characters as it opens a new world of adventure for them. These characters fascinate them with their unique quirks, superpowers, etc. Here are some of the aspect's kids learn:
Empathy: When your kids engage in superhero play, they enact the role of the character they idolise. They try to mimic it and start learning about compassion and treating others right, just like their favourite role model. Their heroes are often shown fighting evil to protect innocent citizens and helping others. This teaches them the value of being good to others and helping them in need.
Creativity: The situations are not always ideal in these fictional shows. There are many challenges faced by the protagonist that needs unique solutions. Some of the these evoke imagination of your child. They learn about solving problems differently despite the obstacles. The fantasy world of superpowers of flight, teleportation, invisibility, shapeshifting, etc., invoke their creative side.
Perseverance: To know that their idols have some weaknesses despite being capable with unique powers is a good reality check amidst the fantasy. This way, kids learn that not everything goes as planned, and that is okay. They understand the importance of not losing hope and staying strong, just like their idols. You could enhance this learning as you want through pretend play by including superhero toys.
Ambition: Most superhero leads are shown as normal kids or teens who gain powers and aspire to help the world. They have the same problems and routines a normal kid when they are not playing a hero. This goes to show your kids that they can do whatever they put their mind to. It encourages them to become goal-oriented in life and achieve things.
Confidence: As mentioned, these characters often get portrayed as kids with many problems. They might even get bullied and deal with low grades. But they find a way to become confident through their alter ego as a hero. This is what your kids learn when they pretend-play in costumes with a toy gun. They think of themselves as heroes who can accomplish many things. This confidence boost is a must to help them in their growing years.