SONG OF THE YEAR
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SONGS OF THE WEEK
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I Love You
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If You Are Happy and You Know It
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If You Are Happy and You Know It
Imagination and Creativity in Children
Imagination is our ability to mentally produce images, ideas, thoughts and even feelings that do not exist in reality. Creativity is the process of transforming imagination into reality and the basis for the capacity to improvise.
Creativity is not limited to artistic expression, such as painting or composing music. A person can be a creative doctor, a creative mechanic or a creative judge.
In the first year of a baby’s life, his thoughts are concrete – connected to his senses and the objects he sees and feels. Cognitive psychologist Jean Piaget described this as “sensory-motor thinking.” A baby grasps an object in his hands and explores it through his senses. He looks at it, listens to it, touches it, tastes and smells it. Later on, he conducts other “experiments;” he jumbles materials together, tosses them, throws them, etc. Towards the end of the first year, the first sparks, or hints, of his imagination start to appear. When imagination first kicks in, it paves the way for imitation. He imitates concrete actions which he sees around him, such as speaking on the phone, combing his hair and more.
Imaginative play requires children to invent their own stories; turning their ideas into words while self teaching vocabulary and grammar. The creativity at this stage becomes more symbolic – a rattle turns into a telephone, and a wooden spoon into a comb. When a child engages in role play or imaginative play they are actively experimenting with actual life roles. Whether it be as themselves, animals or adults they are constantly figuring out for themselves key life skills useful when dealing with peers. These important skills are the stepping stones of children learning of how to interact socially and develop social behaviors such as eye contact, voice tones and emotions.
Imagination is fostered through play. Allowing children to play freely with various toys or other objects gives them the opportunity to engage in their own creative and imaginative thoughts. There are studies that suggest that imaginative play in developing children pave the way for a child’s ability for self-regulation which includes civility, reduced aggression and empathy. Through imaginative play, child development takes place in such a way that it encourages social, emotional, intellectual and even physical growth.
Furthermore, when children are given the freedom to experiment with different thoughts, ideas and perspectives, they also have the chance to find their own resolutions to any obstacles they might be faced with. It’s easy to see how the development of these skills will directly influence their ability to interact socially as well as thrive intellectually.
Studies have shown that imaginative play can foster important social qualities, such a co-operation, empathy, and appreciation of others’ feelings. Imaginative play also allows children to explore both the physical world and the inner self at the same time, helping them to recognize own emotional responses to things, which is a very healthy process. Between the ages of three and four, children begin to engage with modes of speech and attaching words to emotional experiences – we might hear our child telling off their dollies for being naughty, for example, or lovingly tucking them into their cot before bed. In this sort of imaginative activity, children can act out through play and private speech all the things that are going on in their life, processing how they felt when they were told off themselves, and developing an empathetic understanding of why their parent was angry, or how it feels to care and be cared for.
It is important for children to take part in creative activities as there are a range of benefits to developing a creative mind. Developing a love of creativity at a young age will help your child become a creative thinker as they grow older.
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