Creative and imaginative activities are a natural way for kids to learn, and it involves their whole body. While being creative and innovative, they express themselves both verbally and non-verbally.
They use all their senses, small and large muscles, and develop strong and healthy neurological brain connections. Creativity encourages children to be more social.
Nowadays, children spend most of their time in front of screens, either T.V, computer or PlayStation. Although they learn from these electronic platforms too, this learning is very passive.
Instead of using their imagination, they receive auditory and visual stimulations passively. This is an artificial way of learning, requiring engagement with no use of their entire bodies. More than 66% of underage children are addicted to watching screens for long and prolonged durations.
Top 5 games that can boost creativity in children
To encourage your children to play creativity boosting games, provide them with a safe play environment. Their play space must-have toys, art, and craft corner, should be clean, and you also need to facilitate organization and clean up at the end of playtime. Below are just a few ideas of imaginative and creative play for children that can boost their imagination.
1. Space exploration
Space is always a very intriguing subject for kids. Learning about space can not only stimulate your child’s creativity, but they can also get a science lesson. With pretty simple activities, you can boost your child’s imagination and increase their love for space.
Ask your child about aliens or ask them to tell a story about an astronaut who traveled to space.
Planetariums are a great way to nurture your child’s curiosity about space. Making a solar system model can also be an excellent activity for your children.
2. Make belief/drama enactment
Provide your kid with a prop and ask him/her to play their favorite character. Or you can set up a clinic and ask your child to play a doctor using toy surgical instruments.
Your child can play out an act from their favorite book or a scene from their favorite movie. Whatever character your kid plays, you should tell them to act and follow only the positive things the chosen character has.
3. Board games
Board games make your child social. They can help deepen bonds with family, friends, or with new people like, (sometimes), strangers. Board games enhance the skills of decision making and problem-solving in your child.
4. Word and picture matches
This game helps your child to learn the names of things and remember them. Also, this game encourages your child to create an association between words and images.
Choose some words and write them down. Provide your child with as many pictures as possible, either magazine cut-outs or prints. But, if you want to play this game on the computer, then use PowerPoint. Call out loud a word and ask your kid to choose images relating to that word.
5. Investigation game/whodunit
Children love to explore as they are naturally very curious and investigative. It will be fun for your child to look for objects hidden at home.
Ask your toddler to look for five blue items hidden in his room. As your toddler gets used to the game, assign him more challenging tasks. To catalyze their imagination, you can add specific categories to the task.
You can also create a murder mystery for your kids and then ask them to solve it. This activity will make them not only sharp but also mentally healthy.
In a research paper, Ace Assignment wrote that,
Investigation games trigger children’s ability to think more and react after analyzing the facts and figures.
6. Naming the cloud
This is one of the classic games, played for ages. It is a fun activity you can do with your kid. It is played outdoors, in cloudy weather, while the sun is up. The objective is to name as many figures in the clouds as possible. This activity will stimulate imagination in your child as it is a visual thinking game.
Creativity and imagination are essential steps in the development of your children. To let your child use their natural curiosity and imagination and learn about the world is very important.
There are various ways to help boost your child’s imagination and creativity. Some are not even time-consuming. If you are planning to choose an after school program, then you don’t even have to engage in educational things.
Therefore motivate your child to do creative and imaginative things as creativity is an essential thing in this modern and ever-changing world. Their creativity is what will keep them going in this world.