What kids really think about fear
Pearls of wisdom, fun and zaniness from pre-schoolers.
I have been a pre-school teacher since 1992, and although I teach mostly the same things every year, my job is never dull. Every class is different, each child is unique and the things that come out of the mouths of brutally honest children never cease to amaze me. I thought it would be fun to share their responses to questions I ask.

Take a look at some of the adorable, revealing and sometimes shocking pearls of wisdom from pre-school children- I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

What are you afraid of? What makes you scared?

"Cows, because I don’t like the moo sound that they make". John, 5

"A ghost".
Me: "You know ghosts are not real right?"
"Yes they are, I saw one eat someone" Adam, 5

"I am scared of an owl, because they make ahooo sounds at night". Mark, 4

"I am scared of a dinosaur, because they are so big and have sharp teeth". Keegan, 5

"A monster that has sharp teeth". Blair, 5

"Werewolves, because they are hairy and got scary teeth and big paws". 
Me: "But they aren’t real."
"I know, but I saw them on T.V." Jeff, 5

"A cough, because it makes me sick." Jeremy, 4

Just because they aren't real, doesn't mean they aren't scary...

"The dark, because I can’t see mommy in the dark, but grandpa has a flashlight." Richard, 3

"My brothers and sisters, when they give me a fright." Nolene, 5

"Vampires, because they suck your blood, and you need your blood." Tom, 4

Me: "Are monsters real?"
Hailey: "Yes."
Me: "Have you seen one?"
Hailey: “Yes."
Me:  "When?" 
Hailey: "Tomorrow." Hailey, 4

"A dragon, because it can shoot fire."
Me: "You know dragons aren’t real?"
Steven: "Yes, but I don’t like things that shoot fire" Steven, 5

This question setting was very enlightening, some children are afraid of the most ordinary things, while others are afraid of things that they admit don’t actually exist, and yet the fear of those things are still there.

At this age we want our children to have healthy imaginations and to be able to engage in imaginative play, but it is also equally important to point out to them the difference between fantasy and reality.

What would your child say if you asked “what makes you afraid?”

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