Starting a fire with magnifying glass is going to thrill your kids.
We watched Ants movie on DVD during the vacation when we had a guest at home. I engaged kids this way and that is when Tisha started developing a phobia for fire. She used to dream about fire coming from the sky and killing her. She used to shout that she hears terrifying noise etc. I was first worried but then quickly made it out that it is the impact of that movie. In that movie, few boys will use a magnifying glass and burn ants. It looked like a beam of fire to kill ants and they came from the sky.
(I regretted my decision of letting her watch that movie. She was so involved and has unconsciously got scared by those scenes. But I can change what has happened with this trick now. Managed to get this link called Common Sense Media which provides rank to the movies based on the kid’s age. So we can check that before making kids watch any movies.
I have brought up Tisha by explaining things clearly and now I cannot convince her by cooking any stories. I told her that the fire did not come from the sky but from under a magnifying glass. I also shared views and she said boys must not hurt ants that way etc. She said how the ants might have felt. Also, proudly added that we will not hurt anyone like that, etc. Then I explained to her about magnifying glass. I told her that it is designed in such a manner that it focuses sunlight in one point. She asked a few questions like how what, etc.
I took her to my garden on a bright sunny day to demonstrate. We made sure not to hurt ants.
It worked so fool-proof that leaves in our garden started burning. Trust me, no exaggeration. The dried leaves lying around caught fire. I stopped there but was really feeling awesome by the way it worked. You need a magnifying glass which can be purchased but they are not expensive. Be very careful on a sunny day to prevent any accidents. Ensure not to leave the glass outside without knowledge. Also, do not allow kids to handle alone.
After this, my Tisha sleeps peacefully and the phobia has gone. I am glad.