Vivian Gussin Paley writes: “From the earliest ‘pretend I’m the mama and you’re the baby,’ play is the model for the life-long practice of trying out new ideas. Pretending is the most open-ended of all activities, providing the opportunity to escape the limitations of established rituals. Pretending enables us to ask ‘What if?’”
This got me wondering: what about children’s familiarity with generic conventions then… do these constrain them (as ‘inherent’ structures to story)?
On a similar note, Gussin Paley also writes: “‘Pretend you are the children who are playing,’ she said. ‘What are you trying to accomplish and what stands in your way?” (p.2 A Child’s Work)
 P92 Vivian Gussin Paley (2004) A Child’s work; the importance of fantasy play. The University of Chicago Press: Chicago and London