Imagination and Your Child’s Development

Children naturally have vivid imaginations – and the more vivid, the better in many cases. Yet in today’s technological age, the reliance of kids on their imaginations is being compromised in favour of ready-made images from television, movies, video games, computers, and more. Many kids are overscheduled into organized activities which leaves little time for self-reliance to alleviate boredom. Visualisation skills just aren’t being used as much as they used to be. And this is to a child’s detriment. Yet when you actively engage your child’s imagination by encouraging them to play pretend, reading with them, and giving them a themed bedroom with Cilek beds, you can help fire their imagination...

What is Imagination?

Every child is born with a capacity for imagination. It’s what we use to visualize, even as adults. It is defined as the ability to form a picture in the mind’s eye of something that doesn’t exist, has not yet happened, or that one has not experienced. Imagination opens the door to possibility and allows one to step through for a little while at a time.

Adults and other children can be nurturing of a child’s imagination, but as often as not we can stifle a child’s imagination, perhaps for fear of them not living in the real world. Yet even with a vivid imagination, almost all children understand the difference between real and pretend by as young as age three or even a little earlier.

Why is Imagination Important for Child Development?

Children benefit enormously from pretend play. Albert Einstein famously said that “imagination is more important than knowledge”. Imagination is the key to a child’s development of creativity and thinking outside the box. During pretend play, kids act, interact, react, and explore different worlds and different roles. Through imagination, interests and passions are discovered. Social and cognitive development occurs through imaginative play, and imagining new ideas allows for the development of critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills. And above all, imaginative play is enormous fun!

Ways to Spark Your Child’s Imagination:

  • Read to them
  • Make up stories with them
  • Make art and craft from household items
  • Get out in the garden and explore nature
  • Encourage imaginative play
  • Play dress ups
  • Splash in puddles
  • Play with blocks, dolls, toy cars, plastic dinosaurs, rocks, boxes, and even with toys in a sandpit or the bath
  • Let them embrace fantasy stories

Kindle Your Child’s Imagination with Cilek Beds

Giving your child a beautiful themed bedroom with Cilek beds and accessories is a great way to kindle your child’s imagination. From a kids race car bed to a canopied princess bed, we have the perfect theme to suit your child’s interests. Our kid’s bedroom range includes options suitable for infants, toddlers, kids and teens – so no matter what age or stage of development your child is at, there’s an ideal choice for them at Cilek Kids Room. Contact us today to explore your options.