We found ourselves caught in a shower thought the other day and it was all about how we can best inspire our daughters so that they can one day inspire others. After all, they are next generation. Of course, it is a question that started off way too big to fully wrap our heads around, which is why we stayed on that thought and kept whittling it down and whittling it down until we were left with just one word: imagination.
Imagination has been at the heart of all change, it has allowed those women we aspire to be like the women who they are. It is also a word that reverberates through a child like no other because it bubbles and fizzes with endless possibility.
All parents know how important it is to foster a child’s imagination, but actually doing so is another matter. It’s not just us either, but schools have this problem also. It could be because the word imagination is often confused with creativity, and that is often confused for people who artists and writers and sculptors. But creativity is the key skill of successful CEOs and politicians too because the power of imagination gives us the power to solve problems.
The question is, how can we give our daughters this power? Well, here are the three most important areas to focus on:
The Power Of Story
Storytelling has to be the foundation of all imaginative thinking. Yes, reading a story is an amazing way to capture the imagination of a child and tell them that anything is possible, but a great way to boost this is to get your daughter more actively involved. As you can see from this research by https://childdevelopmentinfo.com/ storytelling has so many benefits, from improving their memory to teaching them language skills.
So, take a bag with you on your next walk and collect 12 different items, anything, then have your child come up with a story when you get home, using the items you found to inspire their imagination. You could do the same in a museum by having your kid make up a story about what she see’s. The way their mind fizzles will blow your mind completely.
The Power Of Nature
Getting your daughter to interact with nature is one of the most inherent ways of inspiring their imagination, which is something http://pdplay.com/ cottoned onto. Using research done on nature-based playgrounds, they found that natural objects better stimulate a child’s imaginations.
It doesn’t have to be a playground, though. Just playing with natural objects works wonders too. Wooden building blocks, sand pits, these sort of open-ended things really encourage a child to see how endless the possibilities are.
The Power Of Them
It’s really hard in this day and age, what with all of the media outlets there are, but parents should encourage as much inner imagination as possible. What television and media do is feed your child an image. What you want to do to help their imaginations grow is encourage an inner space whereby they can create their own image, their own vision. You want to encourage them to be a creator and not a consumer.
Basically, the digital age could be killing creativity. To combat this, get them outside, let them make up their own names for the planets in the solar system, let them paint with everyday bits and bobs in your weird stuff draw, invest in some puppets, or make puppets. The more you encourage them to create the more they will use their imagination.