"Imagination is everything"
IMAGINATION IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN KNOWLEDGE
Imagination is an essential component of childhood, helping learners to learn many important lifelong skills. Most of the learners can pick up an ordinary object — a box or a piece of cloth — and see its potential for a fort or superhero cape, spending hours pretending and role-playing. These seemingly simple interactions are crucial for a child’s development, giving them the creativity and problem-solving abilities, they’ll need as adults. This type of play should be encouraged as much as possible to give kids the opportunities to grow, learn, and imagine.
Imaginative play is when learners use their imaginations and play without rules or structure. Also called pretend play, dramatic play, and make-believe, imaginative play is an essential part of any childhood and introduces the concept of role-playing. This type of playtime helps kids make sense of their world by practicing skills and interactions they observe in the real world. It can help everything from decision-making skills to behavior and social skills.
Why Is Imagination Important in Child Development?
• Social and emotional development.
• Creative development.
• Physical development.
• Language development and communication skills.
• Thinking and problem solving.
Any time learners are pretending to be someone or something else, or playing with an object and pretending it’s something else, they’re engaging in imaginative play. It could be playing house with their dolls, driving toy cars around a tiny town, building characters out of Legos, and so much more. But imaginative play doesn’t need to have specific props or fancy toys, either. Sometimes the best imaginative play occurs with free or repurposed items. What kid doesn’t love making a blanket fort with chairs and a sheet? Or turning a giant cardboard box into a house, a boat, or a rocket ship?
With this open-ended, unstructured play, kids can be anything they want, whether it’s a chef at a restaurant, a race car driver, astronaut, princess, knight, or an animal. There’s no limit to what a child can dream up. They can pretend to save the world, be mythical creatures, or act out scenarios they observe in their everyday life, mimicking parents, teachers, or grocery store clerks. Whatever they choose to play and pretend, they’re learning and developing important lifelong skills.
Gajera International School always gives impetus and accelerates in Imagination of our learners through by making them perform various activities like drawing, painting and making idols or miniatures out of clay planting seeds on their own, performing experiments, learning alphabet yoga. Thus, helping each learner to be able to express his/her Imagination in unique and different ways. They use all their available senses and their catalogue of observations to try to figure out the world they would be stepping out of and move forward in their lives.