Kids Creative Imaginations, Games, & More!

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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

Girls Dressed Up As Princesses
My daughter (right) & her BFF dressed up as Princesses

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.

Minecraft House Started
My oldest son just started building his house on a new Minecraft World.

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

Open Door Imagination Outside
Open the door to your 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.

Wrap Up

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
james@familygamenightideas.com

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16 Replies to “Kids Creative Imaginations, Games, & More!”

  1. You really hit the nail on the head with this article! I’ll definitely keep this article in mind when the time comes that I have children. Also, your daughter is beautiful!

  2. I LOVE your site it always makes me feel like a kid again. You have a pretty daughter for sure.

    So so true, when am playing with my four year old and I let him create our stage of performance it makes things feel so real.

    He has a button on his tummy that he pushes on to transform into anything…like when he gets to be Spakit the cat, I have to feed him milk on a dish where he uses his tongue to drink it and also it’s a nice character, he gets to take lots of cat naps and no, we don’t have a cat.

    We have the most fun together doing imagination drills and I get to take video clips for them to watch later

    • Margaret, Thank you so much for your feedback! It makes me happy that I am able to provide you with that feeling of being a kid again! I appreciate you sharing your story as well. I think that it is cool that you take the video clips too, I bet that is a lot of fun to watch those! Take care and thanks for stopping by again.

  3. Excellent post James, There is an adventure park near where we live over here is Australia ( St’kilda adventure playground )that is by the ocean. It has the pirate ship and a castle like the ones you mentioned in the post with cannons flying foxes and huge slides. It is always a great afternoon when we go there and really brings out the imagination in my kids. I quite often end up being the prisoner on the pirate ship, aha.

    • Chris, I appreciate you sharing your story with us. I can relate to being prisoner as I often end up in the Castle’s dungeon at our one park. It is a great idea to mix your imaginations with the activity of being at a park too.

  4. Brings back memories of when I was a 7 year old boy…

    Picture this: I man a spaceship with a brother, am chased by an energy wave that is pushing us off course, I’m getting impatient because of this and demand we turn around, brother reminds me that we’ll be taken out by the wave if we turn, I demand we turn anyway…

    Game over XD.

    I wasn’t the brightest button in the box, I’ll admit.

    I think that was the last game we ever played…

    Anyway, I don’t have kids, but I like the direction you are taking with your children. If I ever have kids, I’ll be sure to bear all this in mind :).

    • Thanks Ken, I appreciate you sharing your story with us! While you may not have kids of your own right now, this is still good info for dealing with other kids and hopefully your own someday too. Thanks for stopping by and hope to see you again!

    • Thank you so much for stopping by again. I really appreciate it! I do my best to help bring back memories and help parents create some new, great ones!

  5. Nice article. Reminds me of when I play with my 3 1/2 year old daughter… we use our imaginations like you wouldn’t believe. Enjoyed it. Nice website as well… very well done.

    • Gary, I am glad to hear that you actively share imagination time with your daughter. These memories will shape her life in more ways then you can know. Make the best of these times!

  6. It’s interesting that you should mention Minecraft! That was the best money I ever spent on the boys. When far more expensive games and toys have gone the way of the dodo, both boys are still avidly playing Minecraft. In fact, at their insistence (harassment) I just got my own Minecraft account and they are gleefully teaching me how to play. Thanks for a great post!

    • Max, I have been sucked into the Minecraft world a few times already and just recently entered into my third foray into it on the Play Station version. With the PS we can play several at a time on the same world which is nice. I have found it to be amazing some of the things that the kids build in their worlds and they have grown with it a lot over the years now.

  7. James, thank you for reminding me that I was once a kid. It really helps me to remember back to my childhood, to revive those wonderful memories and use those memories to begin games with my little one. My 5 y.o is starting to role play now and we enjoy having games with one of two of his teddies also playing a role. Particularly we like to make up our own songs and clapping games. I love the sound of your pirate park! Wish we had one here.

    • Sandi, I really appreciate your feedback. I definitely think a lot of us could really help ourselves out more if we just remembered what life was back when we were younger. My kids also like to have some of their stuffed animals play games along with them as well. My daughter’s dog Bruno is quite the Sorry! player. As for the park, any park can be something and if you don’t see it, just ask your kid what they see!

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