It is our mission at ChickDuckGoose to open the door to the world for exploration and the window to imagination with endless possibilities. Albert Einstein stated that, “Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.” Do you encourage active imagination in your child? Here's 5 reasons why you should:
The Benefits of an Active Imagination in Children
- Promotes Creative Thinking through different pretend situations (what happens next, who does it happen to, how do they react), which can help in coping with and mastering real life challenges and difficult situations.
- Supports Language Development in that talking uninhibitedly to a toy, or to themselves to figure out an imaginary situation, is helping a child to advance their verbal skills.
- Builds Confidence by empowering a child to be whomever they want to be and to try and explore new experiences.
- Provides Emotional Stability by empowering a child to experience and explore a range of emotions and giving them a feeling that they can both manage and work out unfamiliar or fearful situations.
- Develops Social Skills by allowing a child to practice adult roles and important social skills that are relatable to their real world as they grow up).
However, imagination does not always come naturally and is a skill that you may need to develop. Without hesitation I can admit that my 4-year-old has a better imagination than I do and that I need to work on keeping up with his ability to have deeply meaningful conversations with his spoon, as well as the creative ways he finds to 'deal with' the monkeys in the basement (using a mini stick in some manner or other is usually high on the list). So, when was the last time you let your imagination go? Opened your mind to new sensations, experiences and worlds. Click on the image below for a few pointers on learning how to 'speak spoon' and creatively tame monkeys (if you too feel you are lacking in either one of those - and endless other - imagination departments).
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