When a stick is a horse
(Children) learn to transcend ostensive reality.
Play is instrumental in achieving mastery of the object and furthering symbolic ability. Vygotsky notes, “Play is a transitional stage in this direction. At that critical moment when a stick—i.e., an object—becomes a pivot for severing the meaning of horse from a real horse, one of the basic psychological structures determining the child’s relationship to reality is radically altered” (1967, 12).
From ‘Vygotskian and Post-Vygotskian Views on Children’s Play’
Deborah J. Leong
Any human act that gives rise to something new is referred to as a creative act.
Every invention, whether large or small, before being implemented, embodied in reality, was held together by the imagination alone. It was a structure erected in the mind through the agency of new combinations and relationships. . . .
reconstruct appropriate and transform