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Title: Imaginary Playmates…A Child’s Mind Game
Authors: Sheelaj, Nisha
Issue Date: Jan-2010
Publisher: CSIR
Abstract: IF you want surprises tickling your senses then start observing a child around you—especially a toddler. Children of this age are at the point of their life were things they come across do not require a logical explanation. They are free to involve the unknown and the known aspects to there capacities of understanding, which is just learning to blossom. For them making friends even with the non-living things around them—their Barbie doll or their favorite GI Joe—is not illogical at all. This is the age when you never complain, ‘I don’t have a friend’ because at this age your thoughts and imaginations are completely unshackled. Children of the age group of 2-6 years have just begun their journey through life – they are trying to understand the complications of reality and the fantasies of fairy tales—it’s an overlapping phase. It is a part of the learning process for them—socializing, communicating, gaining a conscious mind and exploring the creative part of their minds. They tend to improvise their vocabulary and their power of imagination slowly during this phase. And so, having an imaginary playmate is fairly common among children of this age. Not that it is something to worry. On the contrary, it is assumed to have a positive effect on children's social and cognitive development.
Page(s): 52-53
ISSN: 0036-8512
Source:SR Vol.47(01) [January 2010]

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