Imaginative Play Ideas - What Do Your Children Learn When They Play
By Andrew Loh
Your children possess a series of abilities and skills that are
always latent and hidden. If you want your children to succeed in
life, you will need to help them play in an imaginative manner.
Imaginative play is an efficient tool that helps your children in a
number of ways. You may wish to introduce a number of imaginative
play activities early in your children's life, because most of the
developmental parameters occur between the age of two and five.
Preschoolers and young toddlers are the excellent candidates for
imaginative play, as their abilities to involve in imaginative play
are amazing and natural.
Here are some imaginative play ideas and suggestions for parents:
Music Appreciation/Creative Movement: Children simply love to
listen to music! They also adore making their own music. Just watch
your young children humming while playing games. Music is universal
and children are the most suitable candidates for learning music.
Creative movement along with cajoling notes of music is a superb
method to dip into your children's imagination and artistic side.
Outcome: Music helps your children to connect the
outer ambience of creative movement and sound with the inner and
delicate world of heart-felt feelings and observations. Imaginative
music games or moving vigorously to sweet music is a very powerful
initial experience in the artistic developmental process. Children
learn music in almost the same way they learn language skills - both
by listening and imitating. Listening to good music also help, your
children acquire important primary pre-reading skills. Creative
movement also expands and diversifies imagination. In addition, it
is a thrilling learning method makes the learning process easier and
Outdoor Play: Outdoor play is an excellent way of developing
a number of important skills. Playtime activities like running, rope
climbing, running, jumping, climbing, biking and sand play form the
most favorite among your children. Almost all schools provide these
facilities in their playgrounds and help children play in their own
way. Your children can easily develop multiple skills that are both
physical and mental in nature. As your children start playing
different self-created scenarios, they will involve their mind and
body in acquiring important skills like cognition, eye-hand
coordination and abstract thinking.
Outcome: Outdoor play will help refine your child's
motor skills related muscular structure. The very specific and
delicate lateral movement of muscle will also help master basic
reading and writing skills. Manipulating the existing surroundings
and making them to suit personal preferences will assist your
children develop critical thinking process.
Cooperative Play: You must allow your children play with
their friends and peers. Playing with other children will help learn
cooperation and empathy. Your children will also help by acquiring
leadership and organizing skills.
Outcome: Team playing will help your children develop
respect for others. Cooperation is an important skill that helps you
live among others in complete peace. Early childhood cooperative
play will also help your child imbibe the spirit of working with
others in a combined effort. Solving problems and finding solutions
to tricky situations are two other positive attributes that your
child can learn through imaginative play.
Puzzles: Puzzles are possibly the most enduring activities
since thousands of years. Complex puzzles, board games, Rubik cubes
and piece-puzzles can help children develop a number of skills that
are mental in nature.
Outcome: All puzzles need abstract thinking power.
Puzzles also help children see and watch the space in front of them
and later predict what could happen or belong there. Puzzles also
require very fine muscle and mind control/reflexes needed to solve
critically important problems.
Cooking: Children simply love playing with imitate cooking
play sets. They also adore the process involved in the actual
cooking process. Cooking is actually an interactive process of using
a number of tools and materials. This activity helps your child
streamline sequential thinking process. It also helps them lean the
process of using lateral thinking to create something that exists
only in their mind.
Outcome: Cooking is a basic life skill because it
provides children the basic sense of competence and independence.
Counting and measuring are two basic math skills that your children
can derive from this process. Cooking also reinforces small to
medium motor skills and reasoning abilities. Your children will also
enhance the basic abilities of how to alter a given situation and
convert it into personal advantage.
In essence, imaginative play is a great way to develop your children
in a manner that helps them to compete in a world that is full of
competition and contradictions.
Play = Learning: How Play Motivates and Enhances Children's Cognitive and Social-Emotional Growth
By Dorothy G. Singer, Roberta Michnick Golinkoff and Kathy Hirsh-Pasek
Play is under attack, argue the child development and learning experts behind this informative anthology. It is a victim of today's trend to focus on a narrow set of cognitive skills,
a downed bystander of the Bush administration's No Child Left Behind Act. What has been neglected in this rush to reinvent education, these authors say, is the huge body of research
buttressing the relation between types of play, a wide range of learning and school preparedness.
Editors Dorothy G. Singer, Roberta Michnick Golinkoff and Kathy Hirsh-Pasek lament
a regression to 19th-century learning approaches, like memorization, in an era with "an emerging creative class that values conceptual knowledge and original thinking." Children must
know facts, but it is ironic that teachers now emphasize rote learning at a time when information constantly changes.