Do you support imaginative play in your children? Ever since both my children were real young, I’ve encouraged them to use their imaginations, whether playing with blocks, having a tea party, zooming cars around the home, playing with dolls or any other type of pretend play toy. Children need to use their imaginations as a way to show their emotions, solve problems, boost their vocabulary among many other benefits. There are endless ways to promote imaginative play right in your own home. Play food and dishes, creating with Play-doh, dolls and dollhouses, dress-up clothing, puppets, toy vehicles, animals and building blocks are among many toys children can use their creative thinking skills.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, imaginative play is essential in child development, as it is a critical element contributing to their cognitive, physical, social, and emotional well-being.
Research shows that imaginative play is important in developing children’s social skills, self-control and emotional strength. And right now imaginative play is at a risk, not surprising as we are all very busy and technology has evolved so children want to engage in video games and play on apps all the time. Sure I allow my children to play games, however I encourage them to get off those games and play with…*gasp* toys! I’d hate to see imaginative play just fade away, it is essential as I just stated. Children enjoy playing, their faces light-up up with excitement at the pure joys when they have to use their imaginations. As parents, it is OUR job to boost creative play in our children.
Which is why Pump It Up, the national leader in children’s entertainment that provide indoor parties for kids, is recognizing this risk with their new campaign, Save Childhood Support Imagination.
Save Childhood Support Imagination
Save Childhood Support Imagination is raising awareness about the importance of imaginative play for kids. They are asking adults to visit SupportImagination.com urging us to sign the Imagination Declaration. Signing this is your way to pledge support to spend an hour each day engaging imaginative play with your children. When you visit you can sign the pledge, take an imagination quiz, read tips and unwind in the “What We See, What Kids See” image gallery.
Pump It Up hopes to get a half a million signatures in this awesome campaign. Will you help pledge and sign the Imagination Declaration?
Visit www.SupportImagination.com to join the initiative today!
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