6 Ideas for Encouraging imaginative play
We know how difficult it can be when trying to find the perfect toy for someone you love. That's why we have put together this list of creative ideas on how parents can encourage imaginative play using everyday items found around the house or bought from our store.
A lot of children love to play with toys. Some even get really into it and will spend hours playing, pretending they are different people or things. But some kids might not have the opportunity to play with a toy kitchen because their parents can't afford one.
What if you could pretend your own living room was a kitchen? Or turn your own front room into a forest?
1. Make a play kitchen
Making a play kitchen can be a fun and easy way to encourage imaginative play in children. All you need is some cardboard, paint and plenty of tape!
Play is such an important part of childhood. It helps children develop, learn and grow in ways that are hard to measure. The kitchen is a favorite place for kids to play with friends and family as they experiment with cooking new dishes together or pretend it's their job to make sure everyone has enough food on the table!
2. Create an indoor obstacle course for your kids
The first few months of the year are always so hectic with school starting, back to work for parents and a million other things that need to be done. One thing that can help you stay sane during this time is an indoor obstacle course. This fun activity will keep your kids entertained while giving them some exercise too!
Does your little one love outdoor obstacle courses? Create an indoor course for them to run through. All you need is a hallway or living room and a few props like chairs, pillows, blankets etc.
3. Give them some dress up clothes and let them go wild
Every child needs creative play. When we dress up clothes, it encourages a sense of creativity and imagination. There are many ways to do this: by using props, costumes, or playing with the space to make a scene.
There is nothing more satisfying than when a child has an idea and they want to share it with the world. They point at something, or show you their drawing, then ask "What do you think?".
4. Fill their room with books, toys, and art supplies
Are you looking for a way to make your little one’s room even more fun and creative?
It turns out that there is an easy solution! All it takes is filling their room with books and toys so they have plenty of options to choose from when they're bored. With so many different options available, we know that there will be something perfect for every child.
You want to fill your child’s room with books and toys that will inspire them every day. From the moment they wake up in the morning, until they go to bed at night, you want their room to be a space where they can feel free and creative.
5. Put out puzzles and games that are appropriate for their age level so it's easy for them to find something fun to do on their own time
Some people find puzzles and games too static, with no room for creativity or change. However, adding your own creative twist to games such as "Guess Who?", such as making up stories about the people, can not only help develope their imagination but also make the game much more fun.
Mothers know that children need to have free time to explore their imaginations and develop skills like problem solving, creativity, self-control and social skills. Puzzles are a great way for kids to enjoy themselves while they hone these important skills.
6. Join in imaginative play with your child at their level
Creative play is an important form of enrichment for all children. It helps them to develop their imaginations, problem-solving skills and cognitive abilities. But it’s especially important for those kids who are on the autism spectrum or have any other developmental delays.
Every child is different, but one thing they all have in common is imagination. Playing with your child can be a very rewarding experience and also an opportunity to bond. It doesn't matter if you're not the most imaginative person, there are lots of ways for you to join in on the fun!
Whether you are a mum or not, it is never too late to enjoy some quality time with your child. Playtime can be an opportunity for both parent and child to explore their imaginations and learn new things. Join in imaginative play with your little one at their level, whether that means being the pirate captain of a boat full of stuffed animals setting sail on the high seas or a farm animal leading them through a field of grassy trees.
I hope the above helps for inspiration, please let us know your ideas below.
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