What is Imaginative Play?

Imaginative play is essentially role play. Kids and toddlers act out scenarios that might be based on experiences they’ve had, things they’ve seen, or even entirely drawn up by their own creative thoughts.

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Why is this important?

Imaginative play teaches kids valuable social skills. It promotes sharing and cooperation. It fosters decision making abilities. Imaginative play allows kids to learn by taking in their surroundings and discovering life skills through personal experience. A Psychology Today report states, “Imaginative play is a vital component to normal childhood development.”

How can I encourage it?

There’s a lot you can do. For starters, designate a space in your home for imaginative play, a room or even just an area of the home. Create a “fort” or “cave” using boxes, blankets, curtains, whatever you and your child can imagine. This becomes their imaginary world where they can act out endless adventures and scenarios.

Be sure to provide Toys That Teach and other props that spark imagination. Also, engage with your kids in other places – the zoo, beach, museums, even the grocery store. They’re all fodder for little imaginations. Most of all, be there! Be there! Be there! Get involved. Join the fun. However, don’t direct the scene. Let your child decide where the story leads.

 

Safari Ltd® and Imaginative Play.

Safari Ltd® animal toys, dinosaur figures, and fantasy creatures encourage imaginative play! Kids and toddlers can create scenarios based on animals they saw at a zoo or an aquarium, a prehistoric creature they encountered at a museum, or, they can play with our Dragons and Mythical Realms figures to create scenarios based on their own imagination!