playing with guns, story 2Posted: December 13, 2011 | Author: Jena | Filed under: Artsy Fartsy, Developmental Themes, Experimentation, Field Trip, Imagination, Outside, Recycling, Tradition, Working Together | Leave a comment »
When my boys started showing interest in gun play, I immediately thought of my dad.
He’s an avid gun collector and hunter. I knew he could give a gentle and positive introduction to the reality of guns.
Pops gives the boys a tour of his gun safe…reiterating the safety rules:
Always point your gun in a safe direction.
Keep your finger off the trigger unless you’re ready to use it.
Keep your bullets unloaded until you’re ready to use the gun.
(This is one the boys made up.) You can only shoot bad guys.
We then go to my dad’s local rod and gun club and see a group of men playing skeet.
Right now, our biggest challenge is unwelcome chasing with pretend guns.
The boys and I work on making a target using a food tray leftover from Little K’s birthday party and some paper that was in our paper pulp bin in the basement studio. The target gives the gun slingers a place to point their “guns” and shoot.
We’ve also talked about making some monsters to hang on the wall for shooting practice.
After posting our first story on gun play, Stephanie from Beansprouts Preschool shared this link with me. Amanda from Not Just Cute answers a question from a reader about gun play. She sums up the why’s (why do kids like to play pretend guns? why should we allow it? and where to draw the line) and gives some advise on gun play from her own perspective as a teacher and mother.