In our house Dress-up and making up fairytale stories are a regular occurrence. LT loves to dress up like all the different Disney Princesses. She insists on having shoes to match the dress, a tiara, and her wand. Some days she adds bracelets and necklaces. She will walk around the house and use her wand to turn Daddy into Prince Daddy and Mommy into Princess Mommy. Our Kitchen is the ballroom. She likes to pretend to open the doors and let everyone in, close them and say everyone dances (She loves to dance and listen to music). Any friend that comes and plays at some point will be asked if they want to play dress up. LT enjoys wearing the dress and pretending she is in a fairytale. I love her imagination.
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I found this great Felt Story board at Michaels and it was such a great purchase. It is by Creatolgy and worth every penny, they have several different backgrounds for boys and girls.
She makes up stories with this felt board and her stories even have beginnings: One day in a far away land a princess… and endings: and they live happily ever after, the end. There is even dialogue between the characters in these stories. I love listening to see how her mind works and creates. The teacher in me loves that she can develop a story and have correct story elements with characters that feel sad and happy. These stories are very short but fun to listen too. After all, she is only two and a half years old so how long could they really be? I love her creative ability to take thoughts in her head and create a wonderful story.
So I love to look up words and glean from their defintions:
Webster’s definition of Imagination
1: the act or power of forming a mental image of something not present to the senses or never before wholly perceived in reality
2a : creative ability
b : ability to confront and deal with a problem : resourcefulness <use your imagination and get us out of here>
c : the thinking or active mind : interest <stories that fired the imagination>
3a : a creation of the mind; especially : an idealized or poetic creation
b : fanciful or empty assumption
In your imagination you can travel anywhere at the speed of light without any obstacles. Finding tools to help your kids create and use their imagination is awesome and I love Michaels for that very reason. I also enjoy all the other crafts I get there to spend time making things together. They have a great dollar section that has all sorts of cute smaller activities for rainy days. However, I find that you don’t always have to buy crafts. Things like paper, crayons, scissors and glue are just as good and can make exciting things too!
When was the last time you let your imagination run wild?