children, imagination, importance of toys
To you it looks just as it always does: a family room, a bedroom, or the backyard. However, it’s incredibly messy – because there’s a child in it – and toys are scattered everywhere. To the child, it’s no ordinary room or yard. It’s a fairyland court complete with royalty, a construction site (looks more like demolition to you), an ancient plain – complete with dinosaurs – or a spacecraft cockpit. The child is at play and totally involved!
Magnuson-Martinson, Scott and Nauman, Arlinda, "Play and the Child" (1998). SDSU Extension Extra Archives. 434.