Activities that encourage imagination play a vital role in childhood development at all stages. From birth, children are constantly learning about the world. While senses such as touch, smell, sound, taste, and sight are essential for development, skills such as imagination are also important to help with thinking, spatial awareness, problem-solving, reading, and various other functions that help your child from early childhood all the way through to adolescence.
To help encourage imagination in your child, there are a few key steps you can take. Keep reading to find out more.
How to Encourage Imagination at Every Stage
Some of the most effective ways to encourage imagination at all stages of childhood include the following:
Reading is a skill that will see your child through until adulthood and beyond. Learning how to picture people, places and situations without physically seeing them is one of the best ways to teach your child how to think outside of the box. But kids don’t only have to read or be read to when it comes to getting the benefits of stories. They can also learn to make up their own stories and later, write their own stories. Once your child is able to imagine a world and all its possibilities through stories, they will be able to process real-world events much more easily.
2. Pretend play
Pretend play is great for all ages. Toddlers often learn by mimicking behaviours they see each day. Tea parties, dress-up and other activities help them imagine themselves as moms or dads, superheroes, animals, monsters, princes, princesses or anything else they want to be. In older kids, pretend play takes the form of acting. All pretend play helps kids to act out scenarios and make sense of the world in a way that is gentle and fun.
It goes without saying that art is an excellent tool for boosting imagination. Art is a good tool for developing right-brained activity. While colouring in and doing specific art-based activities are good for fine motor skill development, freestyle art is best for letting your child express themself and experiment. Painting, drawing, collages and other art forms that require kids to think, strategise and play around with colour, texture, shapes, and elements will help your child unlock free-thinking abilities that stem from a creative, expressive place rather than the logical left brain.
Our baby, toddler and playschool classes are made to help your child develop key skills needed at all stages of development. Get in touch with Clamber Club today to find a class in your area that will encourage imagination in your child.