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Monday, December 10, 2012

Imaginative Play in Children

Most parents still feel that play time is just a tool for children to relax and soothe their minds and bodies. They also feel that excessive play is detrimental to classroom performance. In addition, parents still believe that learning music, dancing and other similar activities are good for sharpening brain activities of children. However, pretend or imaginative play is the best tool to boost brain development among children in addition to enhancing children's overall growth. Apart from these advantages, parents may also help their children to get ready to go their schools at a later stage.

What is common with all these seemingly childish activities? All these three instances of child's play relate to a type of play called “imaginative play”. Imaginative play is a vital activity in a child's early age. During a session of imaginative play, the most vital learning takes place in child's brain and its interiors. What a child learns with this brain-based learning is an ensured gain in many skills and capabilities such as:
  • Social
  • Physiological
  • Psychological
  • Emotional and
  • Intellectual
Imaginative or pretend play is an important type of play that a child creates and sets in motion to learn a series of critical skills. Pretend or imaginative play involves a series of mechanisms like:
  • An enhancement to convert objects and actions in a symbolic and pretending manner.
  • Development of social, personal and dynamic skills that involve conversation, dialogue and intense negotiation processes.
  • Streamlining of logic and thinking skills.
  • Improvising many other brain skills.

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