Developing your child's Imagination and therefore their Imaginative play ability is easier than you think. Young children should be provided with opportunities to explore and share their ideas, feelings and thoughts through a variety of activities. Below are some age appropriate activities to help you stimulate your baby or toddler's imagination.
WHAT CAN PARENTS DO TO HELP DEVELOP IMAGINATION AND IMAGINATIVE PLAY?
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Your child is now able to dream up detailed situations and invent amazing ‘machines’. She probably still loves to retreat into the world of imagination and you can encourage this flourishing imagination by helping her write stories, make plays and act them out and paint pictures.
Research reveals that children cannot resist being creative if they are given the chance for unstructured, open-ended play and the time and space to explore. The time spent playing dress-ups and performing puppet plays helps your child learn to solve problems through creative thinking.
Point to ponder: Your child is more likely to explore the world of creativity and imagination if limits are placed on time spent in front of a television or computer.
You can enhance your child's imagination and creativity through play by:
I am a preschool and primary school teacher and mum to 3 children. I have been involved in education since 1997 and have trained in a variety of educational specialist areas. It is with this expertise that I write articles to help parents and educators provide quality learning experiences for the children in their care.