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TWU professor says imagination is child’s play

2006


DENTON — Parents who invest a lot of time and thought into choosing Christmas gifts for their child may find themselves frustrated when the child plays with the box the present came in rather than the gift itself.

Dr. Ron Fannin, associate professor of family science and coordinator of the child development program at Texas Woman University, advises parents to relax — it’s all part of growing up.

“When children are doing these things, such as pretending a box is a rocket ship or a car, they’re projecting what they want to have going on in their lives,” he said.

Many of today’s toys don’t require much of the children playing with them, Dr. Fannin said.

“Many times, we’re caught by our own technology. The toys do everything — we just watch,” he said. “As adults, we buy toys all the time. Ours are just more expensive and less involved. If a child has a toy, he wants to use it.”

Small children enjoy both physical and imaginary involvement with their toys. Dr. Fannin said a better question for parents considering gifts is what will hold the child’s interest.

“Toys should be chosen with an eye toward stimulating the child’s imagination,” he said. “Because of this, sometimes the toy with the fewer bells and whistles is more engaging. The simple toy requires the child to involve himself or herself more fully into the play experience. This is a very good thing.”

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