Today I wanted to share with you some important information about kids creative imaginations, games & more. We were all in our kids shoes at one point in our lives, but I think a lot of us have forgotten what it is like to be a kid. Think back to your earliest memories, where do they begin and do you keep them in mind when dealing with your kids?
Imagination Games Kids Already Play
Many kids, without any prompting, are playing games that emulate what they are seeing in life. Playing House for example is a widely popular game that most kids will play to some extent. A lot of girls also love to play Princess and have Tea Parties too. Boys will want to be super heroes, soldiers and act like Dad.
It is very important for parents to take part in these games as well. While our imaginations tend to not work as well as when we were kids, let your kid take the reigns and drive the game. This is one of the best bonding moments that you can have with your kids and they will cherish them for a lifetime.
My youngest is always making up new games and they often emulate games we play. When the whole family was working through Plants Vs. Zombies on the computer, we were also taking turns playing his pretend versions about the house. He made such a cute little zombie!
Other Toys & Games Using Imagination
I highly recommend providing outlets for your children that encourage using their imagination. Any toy that allows your kids to build with them, such as Legos, is an excellent way to encourage their creativity.
The computer/video game Minecraft has gained a lot of popularity recently. It is very basic with graphics and to me almost felt like I was playing with Legos on a virtual level. This game allows you to create a world that you can interact with, such as building a house or a castle and changing the landscape to meet your whims. You can play with monsters on or off depending what you want to do.
Role Playing Games can be a crucial way of developing one’s imagination as the bulk of the game is played using your mind’s eye. Another way to look at a RPG is as a shared story telling experience. I grew up playing Dungeon & Dragons, but there are many various games and genres that are available now.
Finding An Activity That Promotes Imagination
The sky is the limit when using your imagination, so feel free to use it to help keep your kids active. Take a simple game, such as tag, and craft in someway to make it more fun. For example, my kids love to play “Monster” where I have to chase and catch them and then the others have to save them before I eat them. This game is often exhausting for me as I have to chase them down, carry them to wherever I am keeping them, and then go after the next.
A lot of parks these days also help your kids be active with their play. The park down from my house almost resembles a pirate ship and we love to go sailing around the world there. Another park we like to visit went with a castle theme and that has led to many great times as well. Just let the subtle nature of the parks or landscape guide you on your journey to getting outside and have fun.
Benefits Of Vivid Imaginations
Helping your children use their minds for play will benefit them for their entire lives. Here are some of the most common benefits:
- Problem solving skills.
- Better perspective on life.
- Better understanding of other people.
- Being more creative.
- Time Bonding.
This list could go on and on, but I think the main points are listed. I wholeheartedly believe that as a parent, you need to be encouraging your kids to use their minds. While there is value in today’s electronic devices & games, promoting your kids’ play by using their mind will pay dividends throughout their lives.
I would love to hear how you or your family uses your imaginations to play and ask the you share with us in the comment section below. Also, please feel free to ask any questions and I will do my best to answer them promptly. Thank you for stopping by and I hope to see come back again!
James W D