The world is pretty big for a toddler. There is so much to be explored, both in the outside world and the world inside them. Between 3-5 years of growth and development, a child’s brain is most active. This time should be used to make your child more imaginative. Anything taught at this age is picked up easily, and plays an important role in shaping the personality of the child in later years. A child’s imagination largely affects their artistic ability and creativity. Some children have the creative gene already functioning full throttle, while others might need a little push.
Here are a few ways to let your kids’ imagination run free:
- It Starts With The Vocabulary: All innovations need a voice. No matter how great it sounds in his head, your child cannot express himself unless he knows how to. Start playing Word games and vocabulary building exercises, so that the imaginative empire isn’t just limited to your little one’s mind. Try out the Word Game App by TinyTapps, for great word building practice.
- Prep With Props: Bring books and movies to life, and not just with 3D glasses. Introduce props to your play sessions – hats, crowns, balls, swords – to make their ‘happily ever after’ a lot more realistic. We also know that not every child is receptive to books, so you should try some fun ways to make your child love reading.
- Use Your Head: If your imagination is good, it does wonders for the child. Not only does your child pick up everything you try to teach, but they also quickly invent new ways of having fun to keep you happy. If you feel the walls at home limit what your child is exposed to, take them and their imaginative side outside. Make the outdoor activities fun, so that they look forward to going outside everyday.
- Invent New Games: Made up games really help children to be a lot more imaginative. Situations like ‘You’re the doctor and I’m the patient’ have limitless alternate versions. Let them learn real life situations, or create a whole new world with castles and dragons. These situations help the child to think for themselves in difficult situations, and also work out emotional issues.
Children are limited only by their imagination and their words. Vocabulary building is the next important element which helps to raise a creative child. Check out these Simple Vocabulary Building Techniques For Children here. Always encourage curiosity at home and outside, however you do need to keep a check on what they learn, and what they are being exposed to. The mind quickly grasps everything it is exposed to, so make sure they are learning the right things.