How to Boost Your Child's Imagination

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A child’s imagination is unparalleled, and it should be nurtured throughout their lives in order to teach them about critical thinking, working independently, and managing their decision-making skills. Here in this guide from a private college in Reading, we take a look at the ways you can boost your child’s imagination through a range of techniques and tricks.

Tell your child stories
Plenty of stories are fictional and transport children to a whole new world waiting to be explored. Your child can greatly feel the creativity in children’s stories as they learn more about them, and they’re also learning that there are a lot of elements to think about with creating fictional worlds and stories.

Make time for unstructured creative play
Have plenty of time each week where your child plays with a range of tools and materials, but also have it in a way that means they’re not entirely expecting it. A child kept on their toes is more likely to embrace being spontaneous and excited to pick up something fun to do, which is all a part of building a person’s imagination.

Use activities that don’t rely on a screen
It’s easy to fall into a rut of using apps, online games, or the TV to entertain your child, but they’re more likely to build on their imagination through getting outside and exploring. Take your child out on trips, long walks in the local area, or head to a wildlife center to let them look at different animals and creatures.

Encourage open-ended conversations
Open and engaging conversations with your child are more likely to encourage your child to think independently. They’re also learning how to think first before they speak, giving them a chance to develop a well-thought-out viewpoint of how they see the world. Independent thought gives children the chance to think in more creative ways.