Wednesday, January 1, 2014
Fostering Imagination in Children
However, in my personal opinion for what it's worth, more and more parents are letting their children use technology in excess. It's not ok when children are spending more time on mommy or daddy's laptop than playing outside or with toys that require the use of imagination. Toy smartphones, laptops, or pretty much anything that requires batteries and make noise do not count. Why? They take all of the imagination out of play. Do I still let our daughter play with toys like that? Yes, but not very often. And to be honest when she does play with them, she's interested for a minute or two before she moves on to something else.
It is said that children are naturally imaginative. However, children need real life experiences to help their imagination blossom even more. (An article I read on Britain's Babycentre said it best: How can you imagine being a turtle if you've never seen one?) People used to believe that children used pretend play as a way to escape reality. While this may be partially true, there are so many more important benefits. Imaginative play can
-help develop problem solving skills
-learn how to act appropriately in social situations
-promote language development
-help children feel a sense of control
That's just for starters.
How about you? Are you guilty of relying on technology to entertain your children more than you would like to admit? Or, what is your child's favorite pretend game to play? Do you play with them?
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