Play has been an important part of our childhood. It has allowed us to open many doors of bigger, fun and more exciting world. As children, we used to pretend like we were someone else. We even try to imitate, act like and talk like them. Sometimes we happily make chats with our toys or even think that we are in a different place. These are some of the obvious things we did when we were young. We created a world simply out our imagination.
Imagination is free. It has no limits. It brings a lot of possibilities. It is a creative power or ability of our minds to form images and representations that are not present or real. In children, imagination is essential. It is relatively connected to their intellectual development and can greatly influence their learning.
The first few years of the child’s life are vital. It is the time where a lot of their skills are learned. Children are highly energetic, active and curious. They try a lot of things and explore their surroundings. All the things that are introduced to them will certainly help them to jump-start their cognition.
Through imagining things or doing an imaginary play, children are more likely to advance their learning. Imagination allows the child to think and be more creative. The activity can help them in the stimulation of their minds to set connections and memory. It can also build and solidify their understanding of the things around them. In addition, it also forces them to formulate ideas and foster their problem solving skills that are necessary and useful when they need to deal with new things and situations. They would be more initiative and innovative.
Children can develop their communication skills. They use their imagination to channel their emotions and feelings. They are able to express themselves more properly and clearly. They can also improve their social skills through interactions when they are engage in a cooperative imaginary play with you or with other kids. This would also help them establish their confidence.
Children can improve their vocabulary. They would be more open to talking and listening. They try to grasp every word they hear and sometimes use them during the play. They think and imagine what the word means and looks like.
Some imaginary play would require the child to use their senses and bodies. Sometimes they would move around or even jump during the play. This would develop and strengthen their muscles as well as the neurological connections in their brain.
Imagination caters the development of the child’s basic skills. It has a great impact on their learning. With that being said, we should encourage our children to continue to practice their imagination. We should be around them to help them identify and understand the situation or things correctly. We should not hold them back. Instead, we should allow them to discover more, explore and learn. We should let their imagination grow to prepare them to the bigger challenge in life.