Raising Imaginative Children in Today's Busy World

It was a dark rainy day. The prince and the princess were locked in battle. This battle would decide who would drive the royal wagon well…to anywhere. The loser would have to give up their sword.

The princess wins and as soon as the prince declares her the champion, she says that he can drive anyway.

Across the kingdom, the youngest princess is jumping across the meadow (her bed) while spinning a magical hoop. She is waiting for the battle winner to come pick her up.

This is all in a day at my house.

My children love imaginative play and have the most active imaginations. They have even sketched out castle plans and created their own costumes.

A recent article stated that despite less play, children’s use of imagination increases over 2 decades.

The article starts off with, “Children today may be busier than ever, but Case Western Reserve University psychologists have found that their imagination hasn’t suffered in fact, it appears to have increased.”

I think that this is absolutely true. My children have much less time today than they did a few years ago. Activities like Scouts, school, gymnastics, other sports and more often take the place of play.

They have less time but they certainly do not have less imagination. I love to listen to them as they operate in these worlds they have created for themselves. It is fun and I am often impressed with their level of detail.

The article agrees:

“Even though children have less time these days for play,” experts still advise “giving children time for it, adding that it helps children develop emotional and cognitive abilities.”




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