Fantasy literature is a genre and fantasy stories are about magical people living in a strange world. These stories become a source of entertainment for children. Most of the children’s literature beginning from nursery rhymes to fairy tales belong to the fantasy genre. These stories are enthralling for children as they ignite their minds. Their imagination and curiosity are aroused. They help to bring about creativity and problem solving skills. With these skills they will be able to steer their life boat with adroitness.
In the words of Albert Einstein “The gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing positive knowledge”.
Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?
― Albus Dumbledore via JK Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Don’t you know that everybody’s got a Fairyland of their own?”
― PL Travers, Mary Poppins
There are a whole lot of things in this world of ours you haven’t even started wondering about yet.
― Roald Dahl, James and the Giant Peach
Children have to learn a lot and it is about learning communication skills, about cultures and the world around them. They have to become a sponge to absorb so much information and it won’t be possible for them to gain this knowledge by serious study. So both parents and researchers came out with these fantasy stories which being harmless fun would help them learn better.
Kids are hungry for a sense of wonder. With advent in science and technology kids crave for magic, excitement and mysteries. Fantasy helps to keep the kids protected from real world problems. It helps to develop their imagination fourfold. They dream big. Children expand their internal, external and emotional worlds.
Today’s children have a wide range of choices to explore fiction and fantasy. Gadgets hamper the learning process of children while fantasy stories give wings to their imagination. Their creative thinking can brainstorm to solving complicated problems as they become older.
Lets see the benefits of these fantasy stories:
1 – IMAGINATION
fantasy novels on a regular basis help to express and explore the children’s imagination, which is an essential element to childhood. Kids who read and live in the wonderful world of their imagination are generally happier and more willing to learn about new things in the future.
2 – PROBLEM SOLVING
When children use and develop their imagination, they become aware that there are several ways to solve a problem. This will become an essential skill as they progress through elementary, middle, and high school. They will be engulfed in so many academic and practical problems. Their imagination will give them a impetus to solve these problems.
3 – MAKING READING FUN
Several kids get bored by the idea of reading because it seems like a chore. Studying school books makes it a monotonous routine, they may not pick up books for fun. However, when kids discover interesting and exciting adventures found in fantasy novels, they tend to view reading as an enjoyable and a recreational activity .They can easily participate in this both in and out of a classroom.
4 – LIMITING GADGETS
Although gadgets can keep kids busy and provide a good amount of educational activities these days, but then children become more and more addicted to gadgets and start preferring them over reading or outside play. When children are encouraged to delve into a fantasy world found in a book (as opposed to a video game) they get to explore new worlds while improving their reading and writing prowess.
5 – CHARACTER ANALYSIS
Many senior school students struggle to analyze a character properly, which is an important skill for high school classes and college preparation. They only use the rote form of learning and can’t do justice to analyse a character. when kids are trying to figure out the motivations and actions of a made-up character, they only have the book itself to help them understand what’s going on. Character analysis in a fantasy novel can help with essential skills for the future.
THE CHILD’S VOCABULARY WILL IMPROVE
Their vocabulary will benefit, too, if they read a wide selection of books.. They will have to look up words, and it’ll be helpful to have a dictionary handy. With each new word encountered in the variety of books they will add to their writing skills. Gradually they will turn into bibliophiles.
HELPS IN ESCAPISM:
Life can be a little dull at times. In between the big events and good days there are the dull days at school and daily tasks to complete, and so reading a little fantasy can add a little dose of magic to those dull days.
fantasy not only removes you from your own life, but from your own world, and puts you somewhere where the impossible is possible, and children absolutely love that!