children and imaginative play

How To Encourage Imaginative Play

Lucy & Sam Team

Imaginative play is incredibly important for children, it improves their social, cognitive, physical, and emotional well-being. Through play, children and young people learn about the world around them and themselves. So, how can you encourage imaginative play? 

1. Provide your child a space in the home for play

It can be a room or a corner of room.

2. Provide them with props and toys

You don’t need to go out and spend a lot of money. Cardboard boxes can be anything in an imaginative world - in Erik’s case a city (which you can see in the back of the photo).

3. Be your child’s playmate

Show an interest in with they are doing and play along, this helps them develop the story and encourage imagination but still allows them to stay in charge.

4. Go out on adventures

And provide them with experiences to role play.

Why is imaginative play important? 🚀

Creative, open-ended play with both friends and parents is how children learn to socially bond, respect others, communicate, and balance personal emotions with the emotions of others.

Erik’s wooden toys featured in the photos are from the 
@plantoys.official new collection 'central station' and a few pieces from their older collection. It's the perfect toy for all car-obsessed kids such as my child (I have learned so much about cars over the past year!)

Words by Nataly Elbaz

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