Why We Imagine
Often we think imagination is something that only children or artists have. But we are all imaginative, and we developed this skill in our childhood. As adults, imagination helps us build friendships, dream up new ideas and tackle complex problems.
What Is Imagination
For young children, imagination isn't just about dragons and fairies. With imagination, your child may put a personal spin on real-world concepts - like a scribbled "grocery list" or a trip to the park with Barney.
What Kids Learn
When your child enters her imaginative world, she is developing vital skills:
- Language and vocabulary
- Abstract thinking
- Decision making
- Empathy and relationship building
Imagination thrives off the clock. By providing kids with free
time, creative play flourishes. Research shows that a
less-scheduled child is more imaginative than an overly scheduled
A little space also helps. When grown-ups hover, children may not feel as comfortable expressing themselves in make-believe. Stand back and let your child play freely. You will enjoy the greatest compliment when she decides to invite you into her special world.
Sometimes little is needed to spark a child's imagination. A pinecone, a fluffy pillow or dad's boots might be great inspiration. You can also provide open-ended toys like blocks or dolls, dress-up clothes or a craft drawer filled with supplies and found items.