IMPORTANCE OF IMAGINATIVE PLAY TO CHILDREN
As mentioned in the previous article, imaginative play is also commonly known as role play. Children find things around them and make use of these items as props to enhance their imagination. It is amusing how they play and learn at the same time.
Being in a state of imaginative play is good for children- it stimulates their brain cells and strengthens their creativity and thinking skills. Do you see your daughter pretending to cook or your son races his Hot Wheel cars? Or maybe sometimes they play doctor-patient games with you? If your answer is yes- congratulations, your child is developing healthily!
Why is imaginative play important?
Recognise Emotional Responses to Things
This is a very healthy process in the psychological growth of children. They engage with modes of speech, attaching words to emotional experiences- for example, a child telling off their dolls for disobeying her, or combing their hair and expressing their love- just like how mothers always do when softly stroking theirs.
Build Social Qualities
Imaginative play can also foster important social qualities such as building cooperation, attaching empathy, and showing appreciation of others’ feelings. Research has found that children who engage in imaginative play express more positive emotional engagement.
Produce creative thinkers and problem solvers
Encouraging children to imaginative play can help develop a mind beyond one could think of. They are the fresh products of today applicating the methods of advancement in this new generation. With their strong and wild imaginations, they are advantageous in innovating products to solve the problems of the future.