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THE GAME OF MAKE BELIEVE

 


We may have already advanced, we may have progressed, but our young and growing children many a times, get caught up in a magical world of their own. The child creeps into this world that he creates and just as easily as he creeps in, he creeps straight out. This world that he imagines is real for him - a place other than the real world in which he can see, imagine and comprehend better.

This imaginary world is tailor made by him to suit his needs. There are certain situations and events put in this make believe world to make the child happier and the unwanted elements are conveniently eliminated. And the 'truth' of this so-called imaginary world becomes reality to the child. At many instances, children may do things their way and not the way their parents' way. What they do may not even be socially acceptable, but ultimately it is the way the child wants to do it. A child may reconstruct or reorganize a toy his way and not the technical way it is supposed to be done because doing it that way is what comes naturally to the child. In eventuality this make believe kingdom which a child creates is just the beginning when the child's imagination begins to develop. He plays with his thoughts and explores new ideas, places, creatures and objects. For example: a small girl may pretend to cook food which in reality the food does not exist and she may feed it to her dolls because she thinks her doll with eat the food. No one can tell the small girl that she is wrong because that is the happy world that she is living in. Children often create a make believe best friend or play mate. This mate is given all the possible characteristics that the child finds desirable. Once again we must understand the importance of this game of make believe. Children will not call it make believe because for them that is reality. Gradually as our child progresses through life and gains learning experiences, this coupled with parental guidance makes the child realize and accept what is the truth and what is not. Sometimes these wild imaginations of a child can turn out to be learning experiences. Such situations need delicate care and sensitive handling on the part of the parents.

 

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