The Importance of Your Child’s Imagination

The Importance of Your Child’s Imagination

Imaginary play is a key part of your child's early experience. That's because to lose themselves in their imagination is fun, creative, and important for development. With so little experience of the world, imagination becomes a powerful tool that children use to fill in the gaps of their knowledge.  It helps them to 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, it's important to refrain from correcting seemingly erroneous or 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, give their imagination a boost with the right toys.

Good toy choices for imaginary play

Playmobil Toy SetPlaymobil and other toy sets that are based on a particular setting or theme are great for imaginary play. They can be used to imagine the characters and situations in the game that your child is playing.  Shop at a kids' consignment store, such as Toycycle to save money on these sometimes pricey toys. 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. A second person gives your child the opportunity to verbalize the nature of the game. 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. Your presence increases the vividness of the imaginary play.  It's also an opportunity for you to learn about your child's internal reality and their view of the world.

Discover 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 of the world. You'll even learn 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!
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