Encouraging a child’s imagination

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Encouraging a child’s imagination

Imagination is a big part of a child’s development. All children learn at different speeds, but you can help encourage your children by interacting alongside them when they are playing. However, it is important not to stifle their imaginative skills; instead, you should try to find ways to enhance what they are already doing.

Developing as individuals

Before they reach two or three years of age, most children will tend to play quite happily by themselves. They might play alongside other children, but they still play in very separate ways. They will usually develop their own ways of playing and enjoy learning new elements to include when joining in with their friends or re-enacting events with toys.

Helping your child

Children are generally happy to play on their own without any involvement from adults. However, this doesn’t mean that you have to take a step back when they are playing. Children will often incorporate elements of things they have seen or heard elsewhere in their imaginative play. See how your children use what they’ve witnessed on television, the computer, or in books to help find new ways of encouraging their play.

As your child gets older, you can start to introduce more elements of educational games into their play. It is important to observe how your children are playing and then join in at a level that is appropriate. You don’t want to take over what they are doing. Instead, you should try to find ways to stretch their abilities, which can help improve their language and number skills.

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