Simply the word “imagination” evokes the image of a spontaneous kid, free of prejudices, memories or fears who creates whole new universes in such a light manner that an adult would never be able to achieve. It was Einstein who first said – imagination is so much more important than knowledge. Stimulating your child’s imagination doesn’t necessarily mean that you set them on a path to a career in the arts. On the contrary – imagination is the mother of creative and critical thinking, without which you can’t advance in any profession, whether it’s engineering, managing or PR.
According to Sir Ken Robinson, children educational expert, imagination is the source of all achievements in humanity. And that is why parents need to recognize the importance of imagination for a child’s development and learn how to provoke it. One shouldn’t be afraid when children start to communicate in an imagination-expanding way, but instead should join their game. As there is no doubt that imagination plays a crucial role in the educational process and the cognitive development of small kids, we offer a few ways in which parents can stimulate their children’s imagination every day.
Tell stories to your kid.
In order to tell a story to your children, you don’t need a book or other supporting materials. All you need is your memories – try to remember your own favorite fairy tale stories and tell it through your own imagination. Before bed or while having a walk – remember that you are the most interesting book and the most enchanting movie for your child.
Spend more time in outdoor activities.
Nature will take care of your child’s imagination, as nature itself is an amusement park of creative opportunities. Whether in the mountain surrounded by trees and rocks, or at the beach with piles of sand and seashells – time spent in nature is not only good for their health but can also provoke kids to explore, ask more questions, find solutions and be creative.
Take part in a new scenario.
Kids love to make up stuff. Join their game and stimulate the inventing of a new scenario and a new role – doctor, cowboy, a jazz singing elephant… While your children create a new plot for a game, they try out new roles, organize their thoughts and develop and polish their social and verbal skills.
Challenge the little artist.
What could be more imagination-stimulating than art? Painting, coloring, collaging, clay – all these techniques give your kid a sense of freedom in creating while maintaining focus and concentration.
Ask open and provoking questions.
Your participation in your child’s development is extremely important at all times. Take advantage and ask your kid questions that have open answers which will stimulate the thinking process and encourage your child to communicate and share ideas openly.
If you want to add to the list of imagination-stimulating activities, please your children by downloading an app that entertains and educates at the same time – “Who Lit the Moon?” is waiting for you in Apple Store and Google Play.