August 15, 2012
Alice laughed “There’s no use trying,” she said. “One can’t believe impossible things.”
“I daresay you haven’t had much practice,” said the Queen. “When I was younger, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”
Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll
In this very telling conversation, the old Queen, who believes in the possibility of the impossible, is definitely more child-like in her thinking than young Alice.
To young children, all things are matters of possibility. A wooden block becomes a telephone or a truck. A bucket can be a hat or a suitcase. A play scarf turns into a magic cape or a flying carpet.
With appropriate tools of discovery and a safe and nurturing environment, children learn naturally through exploring freely and playing. Through acting out and pretending, children are able to bring together the things that they are learning and feeling about their world and themselves.
The impossible becomes the possible as children grow in confidence and understanding through play.