Fantastic for children. It sparks growth and development in

Fantastic Fantasy FiguresSanta Claus, the Tooth Fairy, the Easter Bunny, and Leprechauns are all figures loved, adored, and believed in by young children. Are these mythical figures crucial to children developing correctly? As children grow into adulthood, they have to make a choice; to tell their kids about fantasy figures or deprive them of this magical experience.. Because fantasy is a normal part of child development, believing in holiday figures like Santa and the Easter Bunny is healthy for young children and should continue to be promoted.ImaginationImagination is healthy for children. It sparks growth and development in the mind and helps children become socially ready to leave the home and enter school.Playing pretend Pretend play is a quintessential part of development. The Journal of Clinical Child Psychology states that “The children who were able to access and organize their fantasy and emotions in play were more likely to recall and organize memories related to emotional events. Through play, children possibly gain access to affect-laden content in a similar way to the task demand of recalling emotional experiences ” (Russ, 1999). Fantasy play enhances children’s abilities to interpret their own emotions and understand other’s emotions.Imagination is key Imagination helps kids think about the world as it could be not just as it is. Without childhood imagination, what would the world be like? Every engineer, scientist, musician, and artist uses their imagination to fuel their creativity. Without imagination, there would be no hope for better realities in the future, there would be nothing to invent, and our world would become a stagnant place.Why we have these fantasy figuresSanta ClausA Visit from St Nicholas also known as “Twas the Night Before Christmas”, spawned the character of Santa Claus that is commercially recognized today. “His eyes—how they twinkled! his dimples, how merry! His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry! His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow, And the beard on his chin was as white as the snow.” (Moore, 1921) The traditions of Santa Claus have been passed down for many generations: milk and cookies, the north pole, and hanging stockings by chimneys have been passed down as well. But, should kids believe it?   Child development experts believe that even though children are highly influenced by their parents, children must make their own conclusions. “First, children may begin with a hypothesis. Perhaps they believe that Santa Claus is real, but have no proof and/or have not considered the need for proof to support their hypothesis. Second, children may search for evidence to support or refute their hypothesis. There might be three types of indirect visual evidence children use: (1) supporting evidence, such as seeing presents under the tree, (2) irrelevant evidence, such as receiving a gift from one’s grandmother on Christmas morning, and (3) no evidence, such as the absence of presents on Christmas morning. In addition to visual evidence, children may gather evidence about Santa Claus via testimony. Third, based on the visual and testimonial evidence gathered, children must make an inference as to whether Santa Claus is real or pretend” (Tullos, 2009). Tooth Fairy Nearly every culture has some tradition involved with losing baby teeth. Each one different than the next. “The Tooth Fairy is a wholly American creation, an amalgamation of the traditions of other cultures, blended together and sparked up with a bit of Disney magic” (Schultz, 2014). The belief in the Tooth Fairy, often lasts longer than a belief in Santa. Unlike Santa or the Easter Bunny, the belief in the tooth fairy is based upon a child’s personal experience, losing a tooth (Manosevitz,1982). Therefore, children are able to hold onto this belief for even longer.RefutationBad to lie?The biggest argument against Santa is that lying to your children is bad. Many people feel that being untruthful to a child is the ultimate betrayal of trust. However, More often than not, it psychologically affects the parents more than the child. . But if you never bent the truth, would children ever be able to play pretend? Could they have creativity, imagination, joy? If everyone always had to tell the truth to kids about these figures, then it would be a horrible sin to take children to a place like Disneyland, full of these fantasy characters. Telling a young child the truth about Santa or the Tooth Fairy snuffs out the joy and excitement of imagination earlier than needed. . “Fantasy in general is a normal and healthy part of child development. Children spend a large amount of time pretending, especially between the ages of five and eight. They are also constantly exposed to media in which animals can talk, people can fly, and objects magically appear out of thin air. Why should a group of flying reindeer be any more fantastical than a talking mouse or a singing snowman?” (LoBue, 2016)Conclusion Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit, sed diam nonummy nibh euismod tincidunt ut laoreet dolore magna aliquam erat volutpat. Duis autem vel eum iriure dolor in hendrerit in vulputate velit esse molestie consequat, vel illum dolore eu feugiat nulla facilisis at vero eros et accumsan. ??? References*Manosevitz, M., Prentice, N. M., & Texas Univ., A. D. (1976). Some Fantasy Characters ofYoung Children: An Examination of Children’s Beliefs in Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy,and the Easter Bunny.*Seja, A. L., & Russ, S. W. (1999). Children’s fantasy play and emotional understanding. JournalOf Clinical Child Psychology, 28(2), 269.*Tullos, A., & Woolley, J. D. (2009). The Development of Children’s Ability to Use Evidence toInfer Reality Status. Child Development, 80(1), 101–114.http://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8624.2008.01248.x*LoBue, V. (2016, December 05). Why It’s OK for Kids to Believe in Santa Claus. RetrievedJanuary 22, 2018, from https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-baby-scientist/201612/why-its-ok-kids-believe-in-santa-claus*Moore, C. C. (1921). A Visit from St. Nicholas. Boston, MA: The Atlantic Monthly Press.doi:https://books.google.com/books?id=Jho_AAAAYAAJ&printsec=frontcover&sourcegbs_ge_summary_r&cad=0#v=onepage&q&f=falseSchultz, C. (2014, February 13). The Tooth Fairy Is a Very Recent, Very American Creation. Retrieved January 23, 2018, from https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/origins-tooth-fairy-180949746/