Writing Prompt: Fantasy

Tooth Fairy,Easter Bunny,or Santa Claus are all fairy tales. Children love fairy tales such as milkmaid and her pail, the chicken little story, there are a lot of these stories which mothers read to their babies to get them used to listening.

I have done so myself I always felt the little ones knew these are not true stories , but they loved to hear them, because something about them made them invent stories they themselves wanted to hear.

I remember my younger sister once told me about little babies she planted and they have blossomed into gorgeous infants. I was so thrilled I wanted to see them , but I wasn’t able to. Never did I tell her she was lying.

Fantasy is a very powerful work of imagination, it makes us imagine beautiful things and helps us to be creative when we grow up. I still love to read “Grimms Fairy tales”, it takes me where I’d  love to be even though I know it’s only a fantasy.

Make-believe stories are harmless, I don’t see anything wrong to tell stories to help children’s imagination, listening habit and interest. I would not say it is a pointless justification for lying to children. We do not tell these stories to make children better liars but to improve their imagination.

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12 thoughts on “Writing Prompt: Fantasy

  1. Dear Ranu,

    Thank you for this post. You question things at which people seldom look.

    I like the term you use here, “make-believe stories.” It implies some capacity of the mind to pretend, as if something may be real, when presumably it is not. I think there’s great value, as you point out here, in being able to imagine beautiful things.

    All good wishes,

    robert

    • Children are very imaginative and if left alone they think up a world of their own. I have taught children a number of years and
      I always loved watching them. There were occasions when they wanted me to make up stories, which I did.

      • Dear Ranu,

        Imagine what kind of world this can become if children are “left alone” to imagine, free of the delimiting constraints of power-over religion and other social institutions and conditioning!

        All good wishes,

        robert

  2. Dearest sister,

    Wonderful post, I absolutely agree with you! Imagination/fantasy is very important for children. Nowadays, the focus lies more on the left brain when we look at educational systems, however many stress on the importance of using creativity in education as well.

    Einstein would say the following:
    “I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.”

    “Logic will get you from A to Z; imagination will get you everywhere.”

    “Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.”

    “Imagination is the highest form of research.”

    “I cannot imagine a God who rewards and punishes the objects of his creation, whose purposes are modelled after our own — a God, in short, who is but a reflection of human frailty. Neither can I believe that the individual survives the death of his body, although feeble souls harbor such thoughts through fear or ridiculous egotisms.”

    “Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.”

    “The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.”

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