It is important for a child to have an active imagination. An active imagination is one that can see past the boundaries our world currently has in place. Inventions such as the television, radio, and telephone exist because the inventors had active imaginations and were able to picture something that had never existed before. Imagination is also why stories such as whimsical fairy tales exist. A child’s imagination is something to be nurtured and enjoyed; just be sure your child understands the difference between what is real and what is pretend.
To have fun learning about these concepts play Tell Me Something. If you are playing this game with a young toddler, first explain the difference between what is pretend and what is real. Be sure to go over some examples with your child also. For the older children who already understand these concepts, this game allows them the freedom to use their imagination and tell you some amazingly entertaining things!
To play this game you can start off by stating something that’s pretend. When you’ve finished with that, ask your child to tell you if what you said was something real or pretend. If your child is not sure then explain why what you said was pretend. Next, tell your child something that could really happen, something real.
Now it’s time for the fun stuff. Have your child tell you something either real or pretend. When he/she is finished it’s your turn to tell your child if what he/she said was real or pretend.
This game can be played by simply stating a sentence, or you can develop entire stories to showcase each concept. It is especially fun to make up your pretend stories and to hear the imaginative stories a child comes up with.
You can adapt this game to teach other concepts as well such as:
- Tell Me Something Safe / Tell Me Something Dangerous
- Tell Me Something Hard / Tell Me Something Easy
- Tell Me Something Wrong / Tell Me Something Right
You can also adapt this game to teach other things such as emotions:
- Tell Me Something Happy / Tell Me Something Sad
Whatever version of this game you decide to play, keep in mind that you are not only helping your child to develop his/her creativity but also teaching him/her some valuable lessons as well.