9 24 imaginary friend

The great majority of the parents (88 per cent) answered that they did not think that there were disadvantages for their child in having an imaginary friend. Parents saw the main reasons for having invisible friends as supporting fantasy play and as a companion to play and have fun with. Parents also gave numerous examples of how invisible friends helped their children process and cope with life events.
Younger children also used their interactions with invisible friends to test their parents’ reactions to behaviour that might be disapproved of, thus helping them learn to regulate their behaviour. –Science Daily

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story or poem about a child and his or her imaginary friend.

Journaling Prompt: Did you have an imaginary friend or a stuffed animal that you believed was alive?

Art Prompt: Imaginary Friend

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience how parents should deal with a child’s imaginary friend.

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