Importance of Fairytales for Child Development
Research conducted over the past twenty years suggests that fairytales are great for childhood development, as they teach children about the importance of persistence, struggle and survival. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at how fairytales can aid childhood development.
Little Red Riding Hood
Fairytales, such as Little Red Riding Hood, help develop a child’s critical thinking skills. They understand that actions have consequences. If Red had stayed on the path, she wouldn’t have experienced what she did – and this is an important lesson for our children to understand.
However, it also shows our children that they have to deal with the consequences, and try to make the best out of a bad situation.
Cinderella provides a great role model for our children, because she ultimately achieves her goals, and she does so without hurting anyone in the process. Cinderella is kind and fair, and she helps her family whilst also trying to follow her own dream.
The whimsical part of this fairytale (the fairy godmother) also helps develop our children’s imagination – especially when Cinderella transforms into a beautiful princess.
Peter Pan teaches our children about the power of standing up for themselves and what they believe in. This lesson of survival and persistence is very valuable.
Peter Pan also teaches our children how to handle problems. After all, Peter does not run away from Hook – he stands and fights and solves the problem himself.
In Snow White, the distinction between good and bad is made very clear for our children. However, the truly powerful lesson which lies in Snow White is that good triumphs over evil. After all – Snow White gets a happy ending.
Although this may not be true in the real world, it does give our children something to strive towards, and it encourages them to be the heroes and the good guys, instead of the villains.
Jack and the Beanstalk
Fairytales also connect to the emotional side of our children. Jack does not have an ideal family relationship, and his mother expresses her anxiety. This shows our children that it is normal to feel a variety of emotions.
Even better – Jack explores how to deal with them. He accepts his situation and goes on to better it. Along the way, he faces challenges, just as we all do, and he rises to overcome them. This progression and movement in life is vital for our children to understand.
Goldilocks and the Three Bears
Even when the role-models are not perfect, fairytales can still teach a lesson. Stories such as Goldilocks, where a girl breaks into a home, show our children that not everyone is perfect, but that we must accept each other and work on our flaws.
Early Learning Schools
At Hamersley Early Learning School, fairytales are just some of the stories that we will read and encourage your children to understand. For more information on us and the programs we offer, call us on (08) 6162 9119 or visit our contact page for other ways to get in touch.