7-3 | Imagination, Playfulness, and Creativity in Children’s Play with Different Toys

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Imagination, Playfulness, and Creativity in Children’s Play with Different Toys

Signe Juhl Møller

Abstract:

Based on a four-month experimental study of preschool children’s play with creative-construction and social-fantasy toys, the author examines the influence of both types of toys on the play of preschool children. Her comparative analysis considers the impact of transformative play on the development of imagination during play activities and explores ways to support children’s playful initiatives. She argues that, by transgressing play scenarios, children often develop a more playful attitude. Toys, imagination, and the setting are important factors in the play children initiate, and transgressing the immediate play scenario affects each of these factors. Key words: creative construction; social fantasy; negotiation in play; transgression and childhood development