Do you ever see a child out in public wearing a costume or an outfit that was clearly picked out by the child? I have to say before I was a parent I didn’t understand this…I thought this was ridiculous and that costumes should just be for playing at home! But you need to encourage your child’s imaginative play.
Since I’ve become a parent I have changed so many perspectives and ideas I thought before. Yes, I admit I have done so many things while parenting that I said I would NEVER do! I now love when my daughter wears costumes out to the grocery store, park and running errands to name a few. Now I do have some rules where she can’t wear them, probably pretty obvious right?
As a former teacher I have found that imaginative play is very important. A child is using real-life skills that you might not realize.
Imaginative Play can build real-life skills:
- Creative Thinking
With some children imaginative play comes easy, while others need encouragement. We as parents need to encourage our children to use imagination in many aspects of life. Imagination opens a door of possibilities and creativity which in part expands their mind to new things. It truly is a gift given to all of us. It is up to us to not hinder this, but to support & nurture their imagination through play.
How to Encourage Your Child’s Imaginative Play
- Schedule free play
- Limit Screen Time
- Play with them-show them how to pretend
- Give them items from around the house- old shoes, blankets, boxes
- Let them think out-of-the-box-don’t put restrictions on their ideas
- Let them play in a different room than the usual