Children Prefer Reality-Based Play to Fantasy

Ned Dymoke | Big Think

Most parents today would much rather drop their kid in front of an iPad or TV and let them binge on stories about super-cold princesses and their anthropomorphic snowman*, aging cars trying to find their place an increasingly capitalistic world**, or mutants facing an existential crisis both with society and within their own peoples***.

But (record scratch)… kids don’t want that.

A study presented in this month’s Science News Magazine suggests that children would much rather play in the real world than in a fantasy land; i.e.: children respond better and even learn better when their stimuli are based in the real world.

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