The late and great Albert Einstein once said “Logic will get you from A to Z; imagination will get you everywhere.”
As a toy company that sees the power and impact of imaginative play--we totally agree!
While logic and knowledge have their own important roles to play in the development of children, without imagination, our society wouldn’t be where it is today.
Imagination plays a key role in the creative process for musicians, actors, artists, scientists, inventors, and authors, all of whom contribute a great deal to society and culture.
Imaginative play is a key way to help children develop their imaginative powers, but there are also numerous benefits at a more micro level.
Here are five key benefits of imaginative play in children...
#1: Imaginary Play Develops Social Skills
From building out a train set to acting out the knights of the round table with toy dragons and princesses, imaginative play creates the opportunity and space for children to play together in a collaborative manner.
More specifically, imaginative play develops certain social skills such as…
- Taking turns and sharing.
- Problem-solving and experimenting with solutions.
For example, when children play with our Classic Tea Party Set, they have a chance to interact and take turns preparing and serving tea to one another.
Who wouldn’t give themselves a little pat on the back when they overhear their son or daughter say “please” and “thank you” after their child has been served imaginary tea?
#2: Imaginary Play Builds Self-Confidence
It’s important to ensure that your little one develops a healthy level of self-confidence in his or her abilities before entering kindergarten.
When children have the opportunity to dream up storylines and see their family and friends respond to them, it’s a real self-esteem booster.
#3: Imaginary Play Aids in Emotional Development
In an increasingly diverse society and world, empathy and the ability to understand others’ feelings and healthily express their own is a critical skill set.
By reenacting certain experiences and taking on roles of other people and situations different from their own reality, children have the chance to exercise their emotional awareness and skills.
#4: Imaginary Play Develops Imagination and Creativity
Pretend play gives children the freedom to transform themselves into anyone and anything.
They also have the ability to dream up storylines and stretch their imagination and creative powers in ways that other more-confined forms of play don’t encourage.
We love seeing our own children use Cubbie Lee’s Noah’s Ark Playset Toy Boat to reenact (or put their own spin on) a timeless tale and take on the roles of Noah, his wife, or the various animals.
#5: Imaginative Play Enhances Language Skills
Children tend to say their first words (such as the classic “mama” and “dada”) around 6 months.
They then begin forming two- and four-word sentences between 18 months and 2 years.
From that point and on, imaginative play can help children develop and refine their language abilities.
Being spoken to, talking with other people, and developing an understanding of what is being communicated through body language all plays a role in enhancing a very critical skill set that will serve children for the rest of their lives.
Want to help create opportunities for imaginative play for your child or grandchild?
Dive in and browse our store where you will find a wide range of toys that can enhance these important skill sets!