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18th February 2019

Skill #8 Imagination

What is Imagination?

Imagination is the door to possibilities. It is where creativity, ingenuity, and thinking outside the box begin for child development. Imaginative and creative play is how children learn about the world. During imaginative play, children manipulate materials, express themselves verbally and non-verbally, plan, act, interact, react, and try different roles. Great opportunities for learning are possible when children participate in creative play with dolls, vehicles, blocks, rocks, cardboard, or boxes.

Why is it Necessary?

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. 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. The way to create students with imagination is to provide them with opportunities to develop it for themselves when they are very young. Creativity and problem solving are essential everyday life skills that we need to be ensuring we develop in our pupils. Being able to generate innovative ideas involves an imagination that helps pupils see beyond the norm, beyond reality. A rich imagination can enable a person to pursue and accomplish many great things.

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10 tips to build Imagination

  1. Spend time outdoors: The benefits of nature for child development are endless. Because nature is ever-changing, it provides countless opportunities for discovery, creativity, and problem-solving. The natural world inspires children to think, question, make suppositions, and develop creative minds. Children can draw in the sand, make designs with twigs, build forts with branches, or simply lie on the ground and look up at the sky
  2. Imaginative drama/play: When your child invents a scenario, he tries on lots of different roles and organizes his thoughts while developing social and verbal skills. Encourage your child to play house, doctor, zoo, farm, space station, school, or store. Join in the imaginative play by taking on a role yourself. Play with stuffed toys or puppets
  3. Verbal activities: From rhymes to riddles, silly sounds to phonics, games such as "I Spy" or making up lyrics to common tunes, verbal interactive activities can inspire and nurture creative minds. Simultaneously, these activities build vocabulary and help your child learn phonics. These games are also the perfect and fun way to spend time on car rides.
  4. Encourage art activities: Art is a creative expression that nurtures imagination, not a lesson in following directions. Through painting, sculpture, collage, clay, drawing or any other medium, art is a way for children to work through emotions, make decisions, and express their ideas.
  5. Share literacy activities: Make reading time memorable and discuss other possible scenarios or endings for the story by using your child's imagination. Makeup stories with your child, at times with her as the main character; other times propose moral dilemmas. Take turns making up a continuing story.
  6. Ask questions: Asking questions that provoke imaginative and creative thinking is an effective way to invite your child to express his ideas and share his visions while giving him the message that his ideas are important.
  7. Limit screen time: Nurturing imagination and parenting in the digital age can be tough. Focusing on a screen is a passive way of learning for children. An alternative would be to encourage children to create something new and different. Engaging children in a kinesthetic manner using their entire bodies and their five senses also opens the mind.
  8. Make Art: Provide lots of art supplies and let your child use them and let them take the lead. Paint, draw, colour, make something out of play dough, the possibilities are endless.
  9. Reading: Reading books and hearing stories facilitates pupil’s imaginary games through capturing pupil’s imagination via the adventures, characters and illustrations. As your pupils move through their school career, this imagination and continuation of an interest in reading will widen their ability to participate in and be interested in all subjects of the curriculum.
  10. Creative Subjects: Paper cutting, origami, sewing, drawing, modelling, DT, art, dance, drama – just about every aspect of a creative curriculum engages children in using their imagination as well as improving fine motor skills and concentration.
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