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Author:Sunil Kashikar

Children Have a Sense of Wonder That Leads To Expression and Creativity

Almost every child is born with an untamed imagination.  Kids can spend several hours pretending to be their favorite superhero, profession, or an airplane, and not tire from the adventure.  We are all familiar with the concept of imagination, but just how important is imaginary play in a child’s life?

Through imagination, youngsters are in a position to express themselves in a way unlike any other.  For many kids, it becomes an escape from reality, especially where home or school problems are involved.  A simple hat, truck, or cardboard box opens the world of exploration for young children.

Learning Through Imaginary Play

The most unique characteristic of imaginary play is always that it stimulates a number of learning behaviours.  Using their imagination and creativity is actually a way for children to exercise their knowledge of the world around them, and develop skills in problem-solving, cooperation, individual play, and social interaction.

Role Playing and Imaginary Play

Perhaps the most widespread version of imaginary play is role-playing.  Most children are more than pleased to take on someone else’s shoes – literally or figuratively – and take on a brand new life and personality.  Children often imitate adult behaviour, making it crucial for parents, caregivers, along with other adult influences to supply positive examples.

Kids Life Skills and Imagination

Imagination also provides children a chance to experience otherwise-impossible time periods and environments.  One popular example, particularly with young boys, is the dinosaur era.  Many boys make believe  they are a dinosaur, or imagine that they live in the same time frame;  it’s not only fun, but also educational and a source of stress relief.   Commonly, with young kids, imaginary play will center around dolls.  Although it seems to be “regular” play to adults, these youngsters are building a foundation for their futures.

Obviously, imaginary play reaches the peak of creativity, which is an integral component in your everyday life.  Whatever the situation or age, creativity provides children (and adults) a power outlet to express their individuality. It plays a vital role in drawing and storymaking skills, as well as tasks associated with school, home, along with other indoor and outdoor play.  Each child’s interpretation of the world is equally as unique as the child.

Technology and Imaginary Play

As technology expands through the school system and also at home, experts have expressed concern that kids’ imaginary play is at risk.  Some professionals think that certain games and toys are at the mercy of the creator’s imagination, causing children to assume the imaginary capabilities of someone else.   The majority of parents, caregivers and teachers disagree, maintaining that children are able to incorporate imagination into any endeavor.  A child’s imagination takes on a life form of its own that, hopefully, cannot be restricted or eliminated by outside sources.

About Inspired Children

Whether you agree or disagree, one thing is certain – it cannot hurt to encourage the imagination of your young child, or toddler.  Provide your toddler with some toys which allow for imagining –  simpler toys such as dolls and action figures for boys,  or  Princess Popup Tent  (for GIRLS)  
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Further Reading:  Life Skills for Kids AND  Kids Goal Setting: 5 Facts on Goal Setting

Goal Setting Week for Teens and Kids (a trustworthy site called Goalsguy.com )

Kids Money Management Skills

 

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