encourage imaginative play in your children

Albert Einstein famously said, “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.” *

Watching your child pretending to drive a car using nothing but a pillow as a steering wheel or spending hours hunting for precious diamond treasures in the back yard using stones as the beautiful diamonds. This process of pretend or imaginative play is an essential part of their early childhood development helping to build language skills, cognitive development, social interaction, negotiating skills and more.

The power of spoken words for a child engaging in imaginative play helps them to recognise different roles within life and associate different feelings within that play. They develop the ability to connect with language.  You’ll often hear very familiar words reflected by your child in this style of play.

As young children normally see the world as self in the centre experimenting with pretend play either by themselves or with others assists in developing social and cooperative skills needed to understand empathy and build their own self esteem.

Imaginative or pretend play is as important to your child’s development as nutrition.  Be sure to encourage it as much as possible with all sorts of scenarios and equipment. Bedtime reading and having regular discussions about different topics such as the environment and social awareness will often provide a wealth of imaginative play ideas.

*Psychology Today https://www.psychologytoday.com/au/basics/imagination

Imaginative Play