This post is all about The Importance Of Imagination! Oh, boy, did I have an ACTIVE imagination when I was younger, heavens, I STILL do! Of course, I had about 6 other siblings to help me with my imagination and we did not have the internet or tablets, etc, to keep us busy, so we had to use our BRAINS.
The things that we came up with. Whoosh. We definitely had VERY large imaginations, my poor parents, LOL. We would make up fun and scary games to play in our ‘dark hallway’ or we would do music videos of each other and dress up. Or, my favorite, me and my best friend would do a goodwill fashion show.
My sister filmed it. We have a series going on, I will not lie. I think we filmed about 4 or 5 of them. They are all filmed in my parent’s garage and I and my best friend are trying on old, tattered clothing items we found in boxes in the garage. The styles we came up with, oh man. Goodness, this brings back some silly memories!
So with that said, yes, we had an imagination and we still do. It is SO important, nowadays, to get your children to use their imaginations. With all the video games, tablets, internet, and MORE, it is hard to get those little minds to stay super active. The importance of imagination needs to be a top priority! That’s why getting interactive toys for your 6-year-old boys can be helpful.
My kids certainly have a big imagination so I think they are good. But, if I feel that there is a day that they are just sitting around, playing video games, and not really doing anything, I sit them at the table, pull out the color crayons, scissors, glue, and paper and tell them to start creating something!
They LOVE drawing and making ‘books’ for me. I swear they will sit there for a good hour doing this. I love that they enjoy drawing and creating things with their little minds and hands. It is SO important to use those little brains!
Another thing we enjoy doing together is reading. Especially around the holidays! I buy holiday books that I know will interest them (and me!) and we have a reading marathon.
The best books I have found, that really keep their attention? Scratch-n-sniff books! You get your kids a book that they can sniff at and I guarantee they will listen when you read it to them!! We have TONS of them and I add more to the collection, yearly!
So, as you can see, imagination is just so important. But, you probably already knew that! Just keep those little minds active and encourage your children to use their imaginations whenever possible! Whether it is with paper and pens or educational toys from Fat Brain Toys, just make sure their little brains are being exercised daily!
How do you encourage your kids to use their imaginations?
Megan Filzen says
I love when kids use their imaginations ! Some awesome things come out when you allow someone to be imaginative.
Richard Hicks says
Imagination is crucial for a childs development. Fat brain has lots of neat things to encourage it!
Art materials and dress up items are always available for use.
T Michelle Trump says
We have a big box of goodies such as old clothing, and different art materials to facilitate creative time which we bring out several times a week!
Lily Kwan says
by reading books and creating art
I don’t have any kids but when I do, I will have them listen to stories to imagine the scenes.
Rachel Beltz says
Scratch and sniff books? That’s so cool! I would honestly even love them! 😛 I think it’s important to let kids create! That’s why crayons and craft supplies are always in reach!
DailyWoman (Lacey) says
We are homeschool family and I think it is very important to give my kids the opportunity to expand their imaginations. I think that is the best way for them to learn.
Alona Y says
When I think of the creative pretend play when I was little I realize that I just don’t see it as much since electronics have taken up so much space and time! I really want to have a craft table for my daughter when she’s older and I’ll definitely do crafts and other fun things with her.
Jessica Jaynes says
Great ideas to get the kids away from electronics!
Mindy Glazer says
I TOTALLY agree! My kids are all grown now, but with the age of technology growing more and more each day, you MUST as a parent make their little minds AND hands stay ACTIVE!!! I was a parent who ALWAYS was dabbling in crafts! I LOVED them! I have to admit, I was NOT about the glitter glue…lol…couldn’t stand the stuff…when my kids asked for that, I would cop out and say, ” ummmm, that is a school item!”…LOL! Outside of that, I LOVED to make stuff with them! If you don’t keep them active with that, and gt them outside, they will sit in front of video games and the computer ALL DAY LONG! There isn’t anything wrong with the computer, don’t get me wrong, but they NEED to be creative too!
Nancy Loring says
I love arts and crafts and my kids share my passion. I have always encouraged my kids to make handmade gifts because they mean so much more.
I try to buy toys that encourage imaginitive thinking — puppets, arts & crafts, buildable things.
TaShyra Gorham says
My 12 year old daughter didn’t want to go to camp this past summer, so to keep her from being on her phone and tablet so much, I introduced her to a bunch of the things I used to do as a kid. She loved beating me at jacks, and I taught her how to jump double-dutch. We went to the park I used to basically live at, and rolled down the hill. We had a blast even though I don’t ever remember getting up that hill being so tiring…whew! She had a ball and I lost a few pounds. 🙂
Shakeia Rieux says
I don’t have any kids,but I just sent my sister a package for my niece with a lot of different things to make stuff out of .My niece is very creative
Megan Filzen says
I love this!!!!!
Amanda Fuscone says
This is so cute.
Karen Glatt says
I see 5 kids in this post, but 3 our yours I think. How wonderful. We had a big imagination when I was growning up and we grew up without video games and computers. We did a lot of fun stuff when I was growing up, and exercised by playing all kinds of games outside. Today kids are not creating which is sad. We need to get our kids active and get them to use their imaginations again!! I grew up with two sisters and 3 brothers.
Marcie W. says
I always limit TV and electronics, which I feel helps encourage my kids to use their imaginations more. Whether it is reading a good book or making an art creation, they are dreaming up their experiences!
It is so important for kids to have imagination! Great post!
Dana Truitt says
I always encourage the imagination of my daughter, we chat and pretend all the time. It’s so much fun to imagine cool stuff with her, I cherish those moments!
Diana Castro says
I had mine with no tv for a few hours so they would come up with things like this.
Dana Rodriguez says
I don’t have any little ones but I agree it is very important to encourage them to use their imagination.Makes learning fun!