How to improve your child’s imagination
A degree of imagination is needed to create and invent things. Without imagination, Marconi would not have been able to invent the wireless, Edison would not have been able to invent to electric bulb, Newton would not have discovered gravity etc. How do improve your child’s imagination? One cannot impose imagination on a child; neither can a child imagine to order. However, you can provide an atmosphere that will encourage a child’s imagination.
Free play- There are two ways in which children play.
One where adults organize the games that children play.The other way is for children to play freely on their own.
It is as they play either alone or with other children that they make up games, characters and situations. Here they display their observation of real life and their way of handling life as they see it. Children need to play both kinds of games- but their imagination and fantasies develop during free play. Of course, that does not mean that they should be left totally unsupervised ( that could be dangerous).
I remember during my childhood, all the neighbourhood children would gather in front of our house gates. We would take turns to tell each other stories- each more hair raising than the other!( I don’t recommend ghost stories, really). These sessions would last till well after nine in the evening. They would only stop when our parents would yell for us to come home! These stories were either made up on the spur of the moment or handed down from our elders.
Telling or reading of good stories to children does help in increasing their imagination.
Keep a box specially for this purpose. Inspire your child’s imagination by collecting and storing stuffed and plastic animals, dolls and size appropriate play people. Keep it simple- avoid anything that present a choking hazard, keep basic building systems, play dishes and pots, doctor’s kit etc.
Keep paper, chunky washable crayons, play-clay, collage making materials, finger paints in bowls along with big easy to brushes, sponges, thick chalk and chalk board.
Toddlers move instinctively to music- so it would be good if you have a toddler’s CD player with sing along CDs. I remember sometimes when an instrumental piece was playing, I would not be allowed to talk. I would close my eyes and I would be transported to another world of colour and beauty. Many painters paint to music- it helps to release their creativity.