We all remember playing dress-up, banging on pots and pans, and creating vast worlds in your mind to live out your greatest fantasies. The hours spent on these activities weren't just some of the most fun we ever had. They also encouraged critical growth and development leading us to become the person we are. Now, your children are expanding their minds the exact same way and it’s important that you encourage them.
In a recent Huffington Post article, Dr. Gail Gross explained the value of imaginative play. She discusses how playing make-believe is important as children use these activities to develop the creative parts of their brains.
“This creativity, if allowed to blossom, is the same creativity that helps the scientist discover new cures for diseases, companies to come up with the next technological advances and inventions, and leaders to move their countries into peace.”
Dr. Gross also gives some advice for parents and caregivers on how to encourage imaginative play. Some of these include letting children use things from around the house, let the child be the play-time leader and be sure to join in on the fun (only if invited, of course!).
You can find the full article here!