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Encouraging Your Child’s Imagination

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As parents, it is important to encourage children and their imagination. When thinking of the word, imagination, it often brings to mind an innocent energy and spontaneity, which most of us wish we could incorporate more of into our daily lives. Although some might say an overactive mind can be a bad thing, it allows children to develop a creative outlook, which should never be discouraged. As children are spending more time playing video games rather than playing outside, encouraging creativity can have many benefits. Imagination allows everyone to see things in new ways and consider solutions to problems that others may miss out on. This kind of innovative, outside-the-box thinking begins with the proper influence. As parents, how do we inspire and encourage this in our children? Use these five tips to ensure your child’s imagination is stimulated!

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Get up and play!

Children need the opportunity to get outside and play freely. Not only is this a great way to build imagination, it’s the perfect place for kids to be kids. Whether that means having the freedom to jump, run, shout or hop, playing outdoors can have a positive impact in a child’s life. Try our Bubble Blowout to have some great outdoor fun! Blow hundreds of bubbles at once and see where your imagination takes you! Or try going on a scavenger hunt using our Kiddy Up 100 Count Pit Balls and see how many you and your friends can find!

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Check out a museum!

Museums are not only a great place to learn something new, but feel inspired while doing so. Even after only one visit, you become exposed to in-depth information on certain subjects in a setting where you can spend as much or as little time as you like exploring. This kind of learning and exploration is sure to spark meaningful thought in children!

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Try an experiment!

This is a great way to create curiosity and to create an opportunity for children to push the limits of what they can do. These activities are not only stimulating, but are also great for discovering something new. Using our Mighty Bubble Wand, go outside on a cold winter day. Allow the bubble solution to cool and once it has, blow a bubble and catch it on the wand! If done correctly, you should have created a frozen bubble!

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Read a book!

By encouraging children to read on their own, this will stimulate their imagination in a positive way. Make reading a book a part of a child’s routine, as it can be very beneficial and a fun way to spark a young imagination. Whether you are going on a wild adventure or entering a new fairytale, children are more likely to be creative thinkers if they are exposed to reading at a young age!

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Explore a puppets show!

Puppets shows are a fun extension of pretend play that young children love engaging in. Hand puppet plays are imaginative and allow children to be amazed at what takes place. Whether you are attending a show or creating one yourself, they are great for helping children develop creativity by forcing them to use their imagination. Through this kind of play, children also begin to understand the difference between reality and fantasy! Whether you’re attending a show or creating your own, they are a great thing to do for families and a fantastic way to teach children about the importance of teamwork.

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Thanks for stopping by, and as always, we look forward to seeing how you Play Inspired! Happy Holidays!

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