Grow Your Child's Imagination

By SiliconIndia   |   Tuesday, 13 November 2018, 12:15 Hrs
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Grow Your Child’s Imagination

The power of the imagination is a power that should never be underestimated or taken for granted. It is an invaluable tool that needs to be properly developed and nurtured from a young age. It is the foundation for creative problem solving, and a necessary life skill needed to successfully navigate the increasing complexities of this ever-changing, and fast-paced world. Those with vivid imaginations often view the world around them with an engaging curiosity and, as history has shown us, are often the leaders and innovators of the future.

Creative problem solvers have the innate ability to view challenges and challenging situations from many various viewpoints, using their imagination to play out a myriad of possible alternatives, each with their own resulting conclusion. Growing and nurturing your child’s imagination from a young age is a gift you can give that lasts a lifetime, not to mention the wonderful bonding opportunity the following activities will bring.

Reading To and With Your Child

Reading to your child helps to kick start their imaginative juices, painting their own pictures in their minds as the words guide them. When your child begins reading, their imaginations become vividly active, and helping them along this journey of learning and discovery is an extremely bonding and memorable experience. Coloring and interactive books, as well as picture books are another great tool to help further a child’s imagination, further boosting vocabulary and language development skills.

Playing and Creating Games with Your Child

Being both fun and educational in nature, playing games, and especially creating and playing pretend play games, really help to boost the imaginative abilities of a child. When kids pretend to play they get the opportunity to act out different roles and characters, stretching their imaginations and allowing them to be as creative as they can. This is an excellent imagination exercise and is really fun to do. Helping them to create and invent scenarios helps them to exercise their self-discipline regarding the rules that they have created, while additionally learning about cause and effect, and possibly even responsibility. These are the direct results of role-playing and scenario creation.

Be More Picky About Games and Toys

Although we all want to give our kids everything they want, it is wiser to be the responsible parent and be a little fussier about what games and toys you buy your child. Although the TV, iPad, and so on make for great babysitters, they are not ideal for the development of young and highly influential minds. Toys and games that inspire and require imagination and construction, and open-ended toys are better suited to the development of your child’s necessary life skill set. Legos, building blocks, and coloring books are all better suited to your child’s development than anything with a screen.Having the mind of a creative problem solver is a life skill that will help your child throughout their life, and is something that no adult should be without. After all, creative problem solvers are the leaders of tomorrow.

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