I know you’ve had one of those moments with your child where they have started telling you an elaborate story that might include dragons and red monsters and maybe a purple ocean and a girl named “Viva” and you’re just looking at them thinking “WHERE did you get this?”
Imagination is so important to a child’s growth & development, and it’s something we should all encourage in our children. It can:
Make them happier. They learn to entertain themselves and are less bored when they’re alone.
Help with social skills. Playing pretend helps them go ‘inside’ the minds of others, so they’re better able to understand and interact with others.
Give them a better understanding of emotions. Through their imaginative playtime, they may pretend to have a series of different emotions. They can help them better understand what someone else is feeling, because they have acted it out before. This transfers not just on a human level, but also to animals and pets.
Make them wiser. When they are in their imaginary world, their minds are balancing many things at once: planning, focus, memory, and logical reasoning.
Lead to better creativity. Fostering that imagination now will help them keep that creativity into middle and high school.
As parents, there are ways we can make sure we are embracing and fostering that spirit of imagination, and I wanted to share with you a PBS article that has some great suggestions.
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