Boy: I am afraid of dragons, snakes and pointy pencils.
Me: Well, dragons are only pretend, so you don't need to worry about them. They can't hurt you. Why are you scared of snakes?
Boy: They are slithery.
Me: Ok, well, snakes are scared of people, so usually they will hear you coming and slither away from you.
Boy: What about pointy pencils?
Me: Um... Well, if you don't like pointy pencils then just use the markers for drawing and writing.
Boy: Ok! *hurries off*