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Simple Strategies to Revive Your Child’s Imagination

Simple Strategies to Revive Your Child’s Imagination

Simple Strategies to Revive Your Child’s Imagination

Remember when we were children, how we would invent our own games to entertain ourselves.

Don’t get me wrong, most of us watched television, had computers and had other modern conveniences.  But we weren’t entertained 24/7 with tablets, on-demand television, the internet or smartphones.

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I vividly remember putting on talent shows with my friends to show our parents. Looking back,  I think we inadvertently invented America’s Got Talent.  Perhaps I should ask Simon Cowell for a royalty cheque.

Technology pioneers such as Steve Jobs and Bill Gates have limited (if not completely eliminated) screen time for their children.  Source This left me wondering if maybe they were onto something.

But I looked at my children’s toys and realized that even some their books talk and allow them to interact.  There are benefits to these types of toys, but it is still important to let a child’s imagination grow.

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Why We Need To Encourage Our Children to Play With Their Imagination

Imagination is important in every child’s development.

Using your imagination to learn is not only fun, but it’s also effective.  Yes, electronic toys or the television can teach your children letters or numbers, but there is no substitute for learning by actually doing.

When children play with their imagination, their natural curiosity is ignited.

This isn’t about eliminating all technology.  Although you can if you want to. Learning how to use your imagination is a skill, and like any other skill, it has to be used to be fully developed.

I personally am not going to eliminate all technology.  Let’s be honest, I need a few minutes of peace and quiet every now and then.  The key is balance.

Playing with your imagination promotes creativity.  It allows children to enter the land of make-believe.  Instead of using, or doing, they are creating.

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Re-Ignite Your Child’s Imagination with the Power of Play

 

01.  Role Play

Dust off those old Halloween costumes.  Or use your imaginations to come up with your own outfits.  Who says you can’t wear that Halloween costume in February?

Playing dress-up is a great activity for kids.  Keep a variety of costume pieces and let them come up with their own combinations.  This can lead to a variety of fun stories or adventures.

For more children’s role play inspiration and accessories Click Here

02.  Play Pretend

Children love the land of make-believe.  They also love to do what they see their parent doing.

In fact, your kids won’t mind putting away their electronic toys to have a dinner party in their pretend kitchen or to host an afternoon tea party with all of their stuffed friends.  You can even make invitations and invite all of their toys to dine on whatever your children made to eat.  Don’t forget to dress up for the occasion.

This is an easy activity, that doesn’t involve flashing lights, batteries, or loud noise.  You can even use things you already have lying around the house.

The best part is that there are no rules, and the only limit is how far your imaginations can take you.

For more make believe and play pretend inspiration and ideas Click Here

03.  Construction

These days blocks come in every shape and size.  Any of them are great for encouraging your children’s imagination.

You can choose Legos (or other similar brands) which interlock and allow your children to move their masterpieces from place to place.  Old-fashioned wooden blocks teach children the art of balancing.

Any type of block you choose allows your children to build virtually anything they want.

I try and limit any blocks that are meant to only build one type of structure to fully engage my children’s imaginations.

For more construction inspiration and ideas Click Here.

04. Dolls and/or Action Figures

Dolls and/or action figures that do not talk require your child to use their imagination to put words into their mouths.

They don’t have to be super-heroes or Barbies (although they certainly can be).  Farm animals or your children’s favorite television characters are equally engaging and fun.

Your children can make up scenarios or stories with you, their siblings or friends.  If they have props or you can change their clothes, it allows for even more possibilities.

For more inspiration and ideas about various dolls and action figures Click Here

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I have found that when my children are playing through the use of their imagination they don’t get bored as quickly.  Their imaginations are limitless, and a simple game or activity can evolve in ways that technology cannot duplicate.
What are some of your favorite ways to encourage your child’s imagination?

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10 Comments

  1. Felicia

    I miss that age! My kids are all grown, so it’s all electronic devices.

    Reply
    • Karrie

      LOL – I suppose our love affair with technology never really dies.

      Reply
  2. v

    you know i am really nervous when my son will start having this problem, i feel like i will fail to help him but your article has really helped me!

    Reply
    • Karrie

      You won’t fail your son. You obviously care a lot about him, you will find what works best for your family.

      Reply
  3. Rose

    I help my kids further their imagination by shutting the electronics to include the TV (and even educational cartoon/shows), suggest blocks or Legos and ask open ended questions after reading books. Their childhood is so different then mine and I don’t want them to loose it by just being entertained by a computer.

    Reply
    • Karrie

      That’s amazing! We all lead such busy lives, it can be easy to just let the kids be entertained by electronics and television. Your children are lucky to have such a caring mother!

      Reply
  4. Georgina Dukes

    You are so right! Construction and action figures are my go to with fueling my son’s creativity!

    Reply
    • Karrie

      Thank you for your comment. It’s fun to see/hear what they come up with.

      Reply
  5. Luisa

    I appreciate this. My daughter is on the Autism spectrum. She had to be taught how to pretend play. I remember telling her therapist proudly that she was starting to pretend play once i taught her. She looked at me and said kids are born with the natural ability to pretend play. You shouldn’t have to teach them. I was defeated. But weve grown together. Its been a journey.
    It is exhausting but so worth it. She can now do it unprompted 🙂

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    • Karrie

      I’m so glad she can now pretend play by herself. It’s an important skill. I’m surprised her therapist was so quick to assume everyone has an innate ability to pretend play.

      Reply

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