Albert Einstein said: “The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination”.
For any of you who follow me on Facebook and get a chance to hear some of the stories and scenarios my kids come up with, you can see they have some pretty great imaginations.
Literally just yesterday this scenario took place:
The kids were playing quietly then I hear Miss 4 say:
“Let’s give mumma a heart attack”
Her twin brother laughs and says “That’s a great idea!”
I want to see where this goes so I pretend to keep reading…
Then I hear a huge ROAR and see that they each have a mask on and think it’s going to give me a heart attack when I see the scary dinosaur and tiger
The thing is, an imagination is a bit like a muscle; the more we use it, the stronger it becomes
In order to encourage my children’s imagination I decided to put together a Masks Invitation to Play Table.
Decorating masks provided them with an opportunity to work on their imagination and creativity, as well as practise many other developmental skills, like:
- Fine motor skills
- Scissor skills
- Crossing the midline
- Hand strength
- Grading (knowing how much force to use)
- Executive function
- Motor planning
- Bi-lateral coordination
One of the things I like about this Invitation to Play table is it’s so open ended. The number of ways they can play and interact is only limited to their imagination.
There are multiple benefits to young children to engage in imaginative play. It forms a big part of how they understand the world around them.
- Children can be very astute observers.
- They then integrate that knowledge by acting it out.
- Imaginative play is fantastic for socio-emotional learning.
- It helps children with problem solving.
- It helps them further develop their language and communication skills.
- It can offer some insight into the way they think.
- It enhances motor skills and motor planning as pretend play is often very physical in nature.
For further information and ideas about dramatic and pretend play you might like to check out The Importance of Pretend Play an article written by Bright Horizons