Superheroes is a game that me and my 4 year old son play almost every day, it mostly involves me being the ‘baddie guy’ or a zombie and my son being a superhero. Children see superheroes in games and movies, and so they role-play based upon what they have seen and heard and make a game from this.
This sort play falls into the Mimicry category of games, and although I don’t really enter a state of flow whist playing it is obvious that my son does.
Young children in particular mimic what they see and experience both in real life and what they see on television and in video games. Role-playing is fundamental for both cognition and social skill development within a young child.