Should children believe in fairy tales?
November 24, 2014  |  Written by M. Rodrigo Brao

Fairy tales teach children about the world they live in and what people are really like. Fairy tales speak about important issues such as knowing who we are and what the consequence of our behaviour entails. They do not however offer concrete solutions. Instead, children must rely on their imagination in order to decide how to apply the lesson in their own life.  Fairy tales use the same language as children do and adopt their way of thinking about the world, which in turn makes children learn, in an attractive and easy way. But, how do children benefit from them?

In a post titled “At what age should the Tooth Fairy myth be unveiled?” we wrote about how fairy tales help children understand the complex adult world they live in. They are an important tool for childhood development because they unconsciously offer solutions to the problems they might be experiencing.

Parents would love to be able to answer their children´s doubts and troubles but they tend to forget they don´t speak the same language. Stories however use magic and animism in order to connect with children.

What is Animism?

Animism is the belief in a supernatural power that organizes and animates the material world. Our children believe a stone is alive because it is able to roll down a mountain. They believe a door is animated because it can shut itself when it’s angry. According to Piaget, the Swiss psychologist, this type of thought pattern remains throughout puberty.

Why do they need magic?

Children indeed know that a story is not real (the lack of spatial time is confirmed through sentences such as: In a land far away or Once upon a time…) but it´s the magical component of fairy tales that allow them to imagine themselves as the heroes of the story and accept the rules of a fictitious universe. They can in turn value what he or she would do if they were the characters and learn what the consequences would be without assuming direct responsibility.


Parents and Fairy tales

Fairy tales are indeed helpful for children but what happens when parents do not share the values in a story?

It´s as easy as explaining stories using the same language fairy tales do so children can better understand what is being told. If we are able to interpret the story with toys, our children will understand the lesson even better.

For example, imagine you´ve read a story about a Prince who saves a Princess and you want to make your daughter understand that women don´t need to be saved by knights in shining armour. Using a backdrop such as The Pinypon Princess and Fairy Palace, you can tell them a story of how a Princess saved a Prince (she could lure him away from eating something poisonous or help him fight against a Dragon) and all thanks to magic.

There might be stories you believe to be too violent. In Little Red Riding Hood for example, the wolf wants to eat her up. But what if you make the wolf be near sighted and mistake Little Red Riding Hood with what he thinks to be a juicy steak?

PinyPon Stories gives you the chance to turn classic storybooks around. You can also rely on costumes or apps that teach your children what world they live in and how to obtain the skills they need to deal with different situations.

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