1. If your child tells you there’s a lion in his bedroom, you should.
a. Tell him to stop being silly.
b. Go on an imaginary safari with him to bring the lion to the zoo.
c. Ask him to show you how the lion looks, sounds, and acts.
d. Say that you know he’s lying.
e. b and c
b and c. A pretend safari or acting like an animal helps children create new worlds and nurtures their imagination rather than stifling it.
2. Only girls need to play make believe with kitchen items or stuffed animals and dolls.
False. Acting out everyday events in their lives helps girls and boys understand the world around them.
3. When a young child sits and daydreams for a while, you should:
a. Tell her to go play with friends.
b. Let her dream and only become involved if she offers.
c. Always ask her what she’s thinking about.
d. Tell her to stop wasting her time, dreams don’t come true.
b - Let her dream and only become involved if she offers. Daydreaming feeds the imagination, helping young children become more creative and better problem-solvers.
Reprinted with the permission of the National Mental Health Information Center.
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