Childhood is a wonderful time of life when you are able to have the most incredible adventures using only your imagination. As a parent, there is plenty that you can do to inspire and encourage your kids to use their imaginations as much as possible. You never know where this could lead in the future. A child who loves drawing may one day become an artist or an architect. The baking or cooking skills you teach may one day lead them into a culinary career. So, here are a few of the top ways that you can provide some good outlets for your children’s imagination.
Keep Useful Materials to Hand
We have already talked about artistry, and it is a good idea to keep all kinds of paper, pencils crayons and paint in your house so your kids can get creative whenever they feel like it. Even left over items like fabric, pieces of wood or recycling products can be used to make a collage. If your child prefers writing over drawing, you can get them some nice pens and notebooks so they can write down their ideas and stories. If they enjoy music, there are all sorts of musical items that you can get for around the house.
Encourage Imaginary Play Time
Kids like to imagine themselves in all different types of scenario, so you should certainly encourage them to take part in some imaginary play time away from the TV or computers. They may want to play cowboys and Indians, in which case you can encourage them with some dressing up outfits and props like a toddler tee pee. It may be that they simply want to make a fort using sofa cushions and blankets. Ultimately, it is all about giving them the freedom to take part in various different activities that spark off their imagination.
Read Them Stories and Ask Questions
There is nothing like the classic bedtime ritual of reading stories for allowing your kid’s imagination to run wild. If you want to give them a helping hand to go deeper into the story, you can ask more about what they imagine the characters are thinking and feeling at the time. You could also try letting them guess what will happen next in the story as this will encourage them to make up their own story along the way.
Take Your Kids to Museums and Historical Sites
There are plenty of museums and historical sites that are designed specifically for children that allow them to get back into the past. Many of them have areas where they can dress up, and science museums often have puzzles to solve and experiments to try out. When you are taking your kids to these different places, work out what they respond well to and find out ways that you can further their interest in this particular area like buying them books about that particular subject.