Nurturing Imagination in Children


How relieving it is to realize that imagination and creativity are not something that need to be instilled in children! Several of them are abundantly endowed with myriad gifts. Most children are in touch with their true essence as they start to unwrap their treasures and talents hidden within. Imagination like other talents is unique and integral to kids while they make up their own stories in their heads and play them out in the real world with their friends. Toddlers love pretend games and are uninhibited as well as make no secret of their passion to narrate stories and etch out characters with their trademark exuberance and vivacity. Kids are free spirits always in live action mode. They aren’t diffident, inhibitive or demure individuals rather they are innately strong and confident with a mind of their own who enjoy thinking independently, making personal choices and creating their own experiences as well as realities that their hearts yearn deeply.

Parents’ task is now cut out and in fact they have now obtained more clarity regarding their parenting goals and responsibilities. They needn’t struggle to instill imagination as is usually believed to be. It is an erroneous concept and it is actually a misconception when we think as parents we should try to foster and instill imagination in children. All we need to do is nurture a child’s imagination that is already present within, something which usually kids express freely time and again to remind us of their latent skills buried deep inside them. Parents only need to dig them out or unearth them and groom, mould or fine-tune them by pruning here and there.

Most kids enjoy storytelling sessions and we can gauge their interest levels by simply observing them and listening to their stories intently. A lot of kids actively participate by getting into the skin of the characters and playing them out or essaying their roles with finesse. Stories stimulate their creativity and intellect, small wonder that many children are glued to TV sets watching gripping tales of heroics and bravery as well as sordid stories of despair and failure. They enjoy picking up their favorite story book and urging their parents to read for them. As they listen to stories, they find themselves journeying along with their characters, visually imagining the scenarios and experiencing the action themselves.

Imagination reflects a child’s creativity and hidden potential within. It is a sign of their emotional maturity and innate wisdom. It showcases their inborn manifold competencies they are blessed with. It speaks volumes about their intelligence and gives us an inkling into their boundless potential and abilities. The imaginative powers of our children act as a mirror to their own greatness and abundance within. Imagination is one of the biggest and greatest strengths that a child can possess and its importance can’t be overstated. Children gifted with high doses of imagination or possessing strong visualization competence are usually more optimistic and self-assured as they try to pick, choose and create or weave their own personal visions and truths in sync with their interests, aspirations and goals. Imaginative kids are far more aligned with their sovereign nature and connected with their deeper emotions along with desires while having a greater understanding of their intrinsic needs and possessing the power to actualize them.

Imaginative children are natural charmers and entertainers and they are sure crowd-pullers while casting a mesmerizing spell on adults with their fascinating ideas and story-telling expertise. These children regale grown ups with their own characters and tales and even though they are all make believe they come across as something authentic given the little ones’ passion to spread joy and positivity. Children who are imaginative generally come across as confident, playful lacking any inhibition and they are certainly empathetic beings with the ability to care for others. They are natural leaders guiding and motivating their peers. Imagination is critical for thinking critically and analytically to solve problems and it is highly required for cognitive social development.

Six Ways to Nurture Imagination

  1. Encourage reading habits and continue attending storytelling sessions.
  2. Listen to bed-time stories or watch them on TV.
  3. Narrate personal anecdotes and stories from our childhood.
  4. Allow children to express themselves freely by engaging in creative pursuits and letting them to describe their own stories and write them down.
  5. Offer support to their solo play and ask them open-ended questions to facilitate thinking and stimulate their intellect.
  6. Observe their interests and chatter by paying close attention to what they have to say. Do they often narrate and share experiences, discuss ideas with their peers? Do they usually share their day’s happenings with parents and other grown-ups? Do they indulge in pretend plays and often introduce elements of drama, thrill, humour and wit in their games and chatter to make them more interesting, exciting and challenging. If yes, parents will have to tap into their creativity to further hone and provide encouragement by wisely nurturing their imagination.
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