One of childhood’s most valuable experiences is to lose themselves in their imagination. With so little experience of the world, imagination becomes a powerful tool that children use to fill in the gaps of their knowledge and make sense of what they already know. A child’s imagination isn’t just a whimsical fancy, but a serious attempt to understand their world intellectually.
From this perspective, we can see how important it is to refrain from correcting some of the erroneous and silly conclusions that their imaginations make. As a parent, a great way to stimulate and support your child’s imagination is to read to your child and tell stories. If your child wants to make up their own stories and adventures, you can give their imagination a huge boost with the right set of toys.
These are toy sets that are often based on a particular setting or theme, that can be used to imagine the characters and situations that occur in the game that they’re playing. A great way to stock up on toys while saving money is to shop at a kids’ consignment store, such as Toycycle. It’s also more sustainable, both environmentally and economically than purchasing toys new.
As a parent, it’s incredibly valuable to participate with them in the games they imagine. With a second person involved, your child has the opportunity to verbalize the nature of the game that they want to play. Having to explain helps them understand their own thoughts much better than if they were playing by themself. It creates an external reality that allows them to immerse themself even deeper into the world of their imagination. Not only does your presence and participation increase the vividness of the games of your child’s imagination, but it’s also a valuable opportunity for you to learn how your child thinks.
By playing along with your child’s imaginative games, you’ll discover how your child thinks. You’ll learn what their understanding is of how and why things happen, even learning what informs their sense of right and wrong. There’s really no shortage of benefits when exercising your child’s imagination. All it takes is a little bit of time, dedication, and a few toys.
Now let the games begin!