Symbolics & Imaginations, explained as an example in the tale 'The Little Porcelain Clock'

For parents and teachers: Symbolics & Imaginations in my written tale ‘The Little Porcelain Clock’ explained as example for writing tales and children stories.

In my practicing as child-psychologist I wrote this short story for a young boy, named Bart. The ‘Porcelain Clock’ used as was a symbol for his fragile health.
In this text for parents, teachers and child-carers I describe and explain the kind of imaginations and symbols I used. The symbols and imaginations are good examples how to find and use imaginations in our fantasy for making stories for our children. I hope it will inspire you as a parent, teacher or child-carer to write your own stories and tales for the children you love and care.

I wrote this story for Bart - a little boy with fragile health who had suffered some difficult experiences that were too painful for him to talk about. The story tells about a child who chooses a delicate, fragile little clock to take with on his travels, instead of a sturdy more handy clock. The clock in my story for Bart is the symbol of life itself (your ticker). The little clock is made of porcelain, a reference to Bart’s delicate health.

If this used imagination reaches Bart at a subconscious level, it can possibly give him a new perspective on his feeling now of being the helpless victim of his illness.
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text by Dutch child-psychologist Anneke van der Meer / translation by Anne Porcelijn

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Description and Explanation of the Symbolic and the Child-imagination I incorporate in the story of the 'Tale of the Little Porcelain Clock'

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Description and Explanation of the Symbolic and the Child-imagination I incorporate in the story of the 'Tale of the Porcelain Clock'

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illustration for the 'Tale of the Little Porcelain Clock'' (2)

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