How to develop children’s imagination?
Children learn from an early age how the world around them works. However, development is not only scientific knowledge, but also creativity – how to make sure that the toddler does not lose his innate imagination?
A fantasy world is a world created in the mind, without any limitations. Children have a natural tendency to make up fantastic stories, you just have to let them do it. Instead of fairy tales with pictures it is better to have books just for reading, and also to ask the child to tell you how he/she imagined the character or the scenery in which the adventures of the characters took place.
It is even better when the story has to be completely invented and presented in the child’s own words – the parent only starts the story or tells his/her version of events and encourages the child to come up with a different ending and propose his/her own way out of awkward situations.
Creating your own pictures is one of the easiest and most effective ways to develop a child’s imagination. You can give your child an idea and ask them to transfer their vision onto paper or the board, drawing a picture story together is also very engaging.
Good ideas are art workshops for children, organized, for example, by the Theatre of the Little Spectator, or educational classes related to painting, where children can create impressive works of art using various methods.
The more technologically advanced the toy, the less opportunity to let your imagination run wild. From time to time, it is worth encouraging the toddler to play with something that theoretically is not a toy, such as pebbles, leaves, scraps of fabric, sticks, old cardboard boxes or plastic cups – this immediately activates the imagination.
It is children who most often pay attention to the wonders of nature, but they are often discouraged from doing so because you can’t get dirty, there is no time to watch an earthworm, and instead of staring at the sky it is better to learn English. Meanwhile, through contact with nature, children develop their imagination and above all learn that there is another world beyond the computer and television.