Play comes naturally to most kids. Whether your kids play with toys or household items, they love to use their imagination. Sometimes as parents we have a hard time encouraging our kids to use their imagination because we are so busy with our jobs or parenting. When kids are encouraged to use their imagination, they use more vocabulary and critical thinking skills. They might vocalize their emotions and feelings towards something while they are playing. This is a huge part of their brain development they need to become successful adults. Listed below are a few ways you can encourage your kids to use their imagination and foster a love for play!
- Provide resources for your kids to be creative while they play. If you are needing extra supplies for indoor or outdoor play, check out your local Dollar Tree.
- Try to allow your kids to be “free” to use their imagination. We should only interfere with their play if they are being unsafe, inappropriate, or using unkind words. This sounds simple but a lot of parents have a hard time wanting to correct their kids while they play.
- Allow your kids to choose what they want to play with. This helps them be more independent and starts to build their self esteem.
- Before your kids start to play freely, set the ground rules. Things like staying safe and cleaning up when they are done are good rules to review. The rules will vary according to your kid’s ages. Make sure to supervise their play especially when they are outside.
- When your kids are done playing, ask them questions about their play. This is a great way to strengthen your bond with them.
I hope this is helpful and gives more insight on allowing our kids to use their imagination while they play. Have a great rest of your week:)