The children are naturally visionaries: vivid imagination more than makes up for lack of knowledge and experience. But many parents childhood fantasies is not good: too hard sometimes to distinguish children's fiction from reality, and imagination — from the perceived lies.

The word "imagination" comes from the word "image"fantasy is a particular type of creative imagination. an unreal combination of real elements. Without creative imagination and fantasy, the world would not be the same as we used to see it: it would not have any works of art and inventions. Without imagination, we would have been stuck in the Stone Age. So children's fantasies are the basis for quite an adult progress.

Imagination and fantasy begin to develop the child in preschool age. At this age children's fantasy the most alive, the most unusual. Children invent imaginary friends and worlds, are themselves the knights and super heroes, princes and wizards. They seem to exist in two parallel realities — real and fictional. But a healthy child is quite able to separate childhood fantasy from reality. He shares, where everything is "really", and where - "as if", "for fun".

A child's imagination can and should develop, because children's imagination is the key to development of creative abilities. Who knows, maybe in thirty years your little dreamer will write a bestseller abruptly "Harry Potter"? But even if you do not compose an active imagination would help him in the future. What you need to do to develop a child's imagination?

  • read him books, tell stories: let other people's imagination will be the Foundation for his own
  • in addition to ready-made toys offer the child items-Deputy: they are excellent develop imagination, because their scope is not so restricted
  • encourage your child to play with the images of Vice: but let's imagine that we are. dogs, cowboys, musicians — anyone
  • buy baby accessories for creativity and not limit it in the works: Yes, the grass is blue — so what?

And do not scold the child if he drags into the house "junk". For him, a wooden stick is a magic sword, and strung on a match dandelion — flower fairy. Active use of objects of the successor — a sign of a well-developed imagination. Do not throw them, do not interrupt the child to fantasize. But if you stumble on them in different corners of the apartment, it is better to accustom the child to care.

But not all childhood fantasies are good and healthy for the child. As we know, every coin has two sides. The negative "flip side" of children's fantasies — it's children's fears. The outlines of the furniture in the dark, frightening monsters, and that book heroes like Baba Yaga are presented to the child is real. Often, the parents themselves are fuelling these fears during the "educational moments". "You will not eat porridge - Babay will come and take you!"

Fortunately, there are ways to deal with these fears. One of the most effective ways to give your child the opportunity to laugh at his fear. You can offer a child to draw an imaginary monster, and then draw him a bouquet of flowers or a clown nose. And it turns out that the monster is not so terrible. Or buy the child a toy magic wand to fight monsters.

Also, childhood fantasies can be confused with lies. It happens that parents punish the child without figuring out whether the child lied to them or just imagined them.How to distinguish lie from the imagination?   Fantasy is harmless, it's just a flight of imagination. Unlike fantasy, lies are intentional; a child is inventing or distorting information in order to obtain personal benefits. But do not dramatize the situation: pathological liars are not found very often. Over time, the child will outgrow the lie, just need to let him know that lying is not good, and including - a personal example.

Children's imagination is an essential attribute of childhood, without them it would be grey and uninteresting. Encourage your child's desire to dream, but make sure that he starts to confuse fantasy with reality .