I am a big fan of Bruno Bettelheim and his books, my favorite being "The Uses of Enchantment." It was a major influence in my work and beliefs about play, yoga and storytelling. So few Americans use oral storytelling, folklore and fairy tales in their homes, classrooms or kids yoga classes. But enchantment and play are so important, as is allowing kids to create their own images inside their heads from the attention of listening to stories, not just reading them. So enjoy these quotes! Put them into action in your next kids yoga class or in your home and life!
• Play permits the child to resolve in symbolic form unsolved problems of the past and to cope directly or symbolically with present concerns. It is also his most significant tool for preparing himself for the future and its tasks.
• From a child's play, we can gain understanding of how he sees and construes the world--what he would like it to be, what his concerns are, what problems are besetting him.
• A child... who has learned from fairy stories to believe that what at first seemed a repulsive, threatening figure can magically change into a most helpful friend is ready to believe that a strange child whom he meets and fears may also be changed from a menace into a desirable companion.