Have you ever wanted to encourage your child to use their imagination, but weren’t sure how? Some children just need a little help in using their imagination. You can use these tips to help your child learn how to use their imagination. Creative play is the best way to help children learn in a sneaky way!
Creative Play – Tips for Helping Your Child Use Their Imagination
Play pretend with them
Our children are learning from everything that we do! My best advice for teaching your child it uses their imagination is to pretend with them. Remember that an imagination is pretending. Playhouse with your child, talk to your child in a magical way. Help them see the power in using their imagination during play.
Right now my kids are very into playing grocery store! We have a toy cash register and some fruits and veggies in a tote bag they use. I love watching them expand the store to their other toys, like books and even their stuffed animals!
In a world, where everything is about electronics, encourage your children to play. Let them play by themselves and together. Don’t let your child just sit in front of a television. Get them out there to play, explore, and be a kid.
Provide some fun manipulatives
When it comes to teaching my kids how to use their imagination, I’m focused on providing manipulatives. A manipulative is just a tool to help teach your child something. In this case, I’m trying to help my children learn how to use their imagination. Some of my favorite toys for teaching them this are the following. I love each of them came with an activity book to help jumpstart learning as well as having fun!
New Sprouts® Fresh Picked Fruit & Veggie Tote – I just love this tote! The kids can play with it and pretend they are grocery shopping. It comes with a variety of fruits and veggies to put in the tote, which makes it so much more fun! This little toy is created for little hands, so they can learn more than just about pretend. It’s a great way to exercise their ability to pick things up, coordinate with their hands, and even learn about colors.
Pretend & Play® Calculator Cash Register – This is one of my kids’ favorite “pretend” toys ever. They love to pretend they are the cashier. It’s a great addition to any pretend store. My kids could play store for hours. It’s a very visual/tactile way for them to learn about shopping, money, and human interaction. The calculator also works wonders in helping children learn about numbers.
Bake and Learn – Not every toy your child has needs to be battery operated, which is why I love this Bake and Learn set. My son and daughters love “baking” and I love that they love to pretend bake. This set allows for number recognition, counting, shape recognition and so much more. It also includes Mixing bowl, Spoon, Measuring cup, Rolling pin, 3-Shape measuring spoons and ring, Cookie sheet, 4 Two-piece shape brownies, 5-Piece counting cake, Plate.
All three of these toys have helped my children learn to use their imagination even more. They could play with them for hours. How do you help your children use their imagination? What creative play ideas do you love to use with your kids? I’d love to hear all your tips.