Illinois Early Learning Project

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Title: Imagination and Fantasy in Early Childhood
Languages: English
Source of Publisher: Illinois Early Learning Project
Length of article: Long
Setting for which the article is intended: Home
Family Child Care
Child Care Center
Preschool Program
Intended Audience: Parents/Family
Keywords: Best Practices
Child Development
Classroom Activities
Developmentally Appropriate Practice
Emotional Development
Pretend Play
Age Levels:
(the age of the children to whom the article applies).
Infants and Toddlers (Birth To Age 3)
Preschoolers (Age 3 Through Age 5)
Learning Areas: SCIENCE
Goals: 13. Understand important connections and understandings in science and engineering.
14. Understand some concepts related to citizenship.
25. Gain exposure to and explore the arts.
26. Understand that the arts can be used to communicate ideas and emotions.
Learning Standards: 13.B. Use tools and technology to assist with science and engineering investigations.
14.D. Understand the role that individuals can play in a group or community.
25.A. Investigate, begin to appreciate, and participate in the arts.
26.B. Understand ways to express meaning through the arts.
Benchmarks: 13.B.ECa. Use nonstandard and standard scientific tools for investigation.
14.D.ECb. Participate in a variety of roles in the early childhood environment.
25.A.ECb. Drama: Begin to appreciate and participate in dramatic activities.
26.B.ECa. Use creative arts as an avenue for self-expression.
Domains: Self-Regulation: Foundation of Development
Developmental Domain 1: Social & Emotional Development
Developmental Domain 4: Cognitive Development
Approaches to Learning
Subdomain: Emotional Expression
Emotional Regulation
Creative Expression
Creativity, Inventiveness, & Imagination