"Maturing of freedom to act at will”: hidden places and fantasy games
Development of self-dependence as well as a source of human creativity based on «maturing of freedom to act at will» (term of L.S. Vygotsky). Growing up, children can acquire greater opportunities for self-determined examination of new spaces surrounding them and learning about the environment by experiencing the territory and landscape around. The development of children's independence and the sight of the potential avoidance of direct control coming from adults, on the one hand, enables children to visit different places beyond parental control, on the other hand, it creates restrictions and limitations imposed on visiting locations that are considered dangerous by grown-ups. This situation poses an uprise of phenomenon of secret children's worlds. Hidden places are the space where actively promotes the development of their own cognitive initiative, creates new opportunities for playing, designing and other types of children's activity. For example, the dumps provide the opportunity to find the new items and for this novelty, the child is ready to go again and again. Different ways of using the found items develops children's imagination and contributes to the creation of children’s fantasy games. Fantasy games arise in the community of children (7 to 12 years old), last up to several years. They are associated with the allocation of secret spaces hidden from adults. In secrecy from adults the children get a full-fledged opportunity for “maturing of freedom to act at will”. The secret spaces and games make it difficult to access to study this phenomenon. However, we manage to fix children’s hidden places and fantasy games.