Nurturing your child’s imagination is something as a parent we are told to do, but do we know why it is important?
Well I wanted to find out more so I hit the books or should I say google search engine and this is what I discovered…
Children who have a well developed imagination end up being creative in all aspects of life, at work, at school, on the sports field and most importantly in the craft room. They are good problem solvers and find solutions where others may not and they are emotive and in touch with how they feel in all situations.
Along the journey I discovered some tips to help develop your child’s imagination.
- Play Play Play… Lego, sand, tree climbing, cubby houses, paint, drawing, play dough the lot. Keep your children playing.
- Read Read Read… Read to your children, let your children read to you and ask questions about the book. What happened when? What would happen if? If you were a character in the book which one would you be and how would you feel?
- Create Create Create… Let your children create with everything scrapbooking supplies, sand, sticks and leaves. Create with rice, flour and tissues anything. Then ask them about what they have created. Share the story and the moment and with them delight in their creation.
Katie is enjoying Lego at the moment and she recently took on the challenge of a Lego lighthouse and to my surprise she nailed it. We then sat and talked about her creation. Why are the girls in the boat? Katie “because they had never been in a boat before and wanted to give it a go”. Do you think that they will like an ice cream in the ice cream shop? Katie “ah yes Mum they are going there after to have an ice cream and look at the photos they took when they were in the boat”.
She makes me giggle. What I discovered by asking questions was that I could never guess her answer, and her answer was always something that made me smile.
Don’t forget to check out our fun school holidays Jot Kids Mood Board challenge.. where your kids can also exercise their imagination and create a Lego masterpiece to scrapbook about. Read more details here..