Toy guns are considered a great tool for RPGs, and this type of Games, according to studies, develops different kinds of skills, for both males and females.
Let’s see what they are.
Role Play Skills
When Kids use these toy guns, they always put themselves in their favorite character’s shoes. For example, they pretend to be a sniper, or one of the soldiers with laser weapons from the Star Wars saga.
Role play helps children to imitate the behavior and even the way of speaking of their favorite characters, and in this way they develop cognitive skills.
Skills on fiction
Thanks to their innate imaginative abilities, Children can become a specific character. With constant play, Children gradually develop character characteristics.
For example, it is known that Bugs Bunny does not actually use guns, while Yosemite Sam does; Children can see Bugs Bunny as the rabbit-like reincarnation of an intergalactic soldier.
When involved in Role Play, Children must learn to interact with others, as adults do.
Pretending helps the transition from solitaire to cooperative play. Playing with Nerf guns is more fun if there is someone to chase or to be chased by.
Talking and listening are part of both social interaction and role-playing games.
Social interactions stimulate the child’s ability to listen and understand what adults or other children are saying. Furthermore, Children learn to express themselves, learn new words and phrases, and can thus improve their vocabulary.
Young children have very limited attention span. Yet as the game develops, including additional roles and fictional superpowers, the Kids are able to stay focused.
This allows them to fully dedicate themselves to the role they are playing.
Emotional and social development
Kids playing with Nerf guns in a fictional war game have to decide which side to take and what role to play.
For example, they may decide to stage a Battle between Autobots and Decepticons. In this game, they will have to argue with each other about who plays whom and establish the rules of the Battle.
Then they will have to stage it and carry out the established goals, thus learning cooperation and teamwork. They will learn to control and manage aggressive impulses and to develop self-esteem and empathy.
Role play requires the management of a large amount of information. The brain needs to process experiences, feelings, images, smells and other pieces of information in order to quickly understand how to adapt.
For example, before shooting an imaginary enemy, the brain needs to calculate the distance to the target, the presence of any obstacles and enemies nearby.
All of this encourages the ability to tackle and solve complex problems, fact-based reasoning, lateral thinking and the ability to concentrate.
Playing with Nerf guns requires knowledge of a particular and exclusive jargon of these Games.
Children who play imaginary warfare develop a coded language in order not to be understood by enemies: it may seem childish, but it is actually very useful for developing language learning skills.
Playing with Nerf guns stimulates physical activity: players run, move, jump, roll, event obstacles by jumping or turning around them.
All this promotes muscle development, spatial intelligence, hand-eye coordination and the speed of reflexes.