Make believe

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This article is about the children's game. For other uses, see Make Believe (disambiguation).

Make believe is a loosely structured form of role-playing that generally has no rules except to stay in character, and requires no specific props. It is normally restricted to young, pre-pubescent children, and aside from its straightforward purpose of fun can sometimes also serve the purpose of allowing children to explore adult roles and relationships. Make believe play can reveal a great deal about a child's psychological state, perception of gender roles, home life and interpretation of the world that is around them.

Influences[edit]

Participants in games of make believe may draw upon many sources for inspiration. Welsch describes book-related pretend play, wherein children draw upon texts to initiate games.[1] Children seem most interested in texts with, for example, significant levels of tension.[1]

Purpose[edit]

Children engage in make believe for a number of reasons.[2] Play allows children to "deal with fears in a safe setting." It also allows them to "indulge their secret fantasies."[2]

Props[edit]

In a study, Welsch found that "children engaged in sophisticated levels of play with the provided props."[1]

Types[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Welsch, Jodi German. "They're really pencils, but we're going to pretend that they're sticks": The influence of props and adult involvement on at-risk preschoolers' book-related pretend play. Diss. University of Virginia, 2003. Dissertations & Theses: Full Text, ProQuest. Web. 27 May. 2012.
  2. ^ a b Theroux, Phyllis. "Let's Pretend. " Parents 1 May 1987: Children's Module, ProQuest. Web. 27 May. 2012.