All great inventions throughout human history started with one human being able to imagine its possibility.
How do we support our (grand)children in developing vivid and complex imaginations, so they are equipped to creatively meet the challenges that are awaiting them?
Pretend play is one way and many of us witnessed this at Christmas when large boxes became castles, cars and spaceships and another way to build imagination is through books.
From the moment we offer a hard cardboard picture books to a young child we are supporting the development of their imagination and their independence.
One of the first truly independent activities that a child will embark on is reading. In reading a book they are creating a world imagined only by them independent of us and the rest of the world.
Never underestimate the power of:
- Reading to a child
- Reading with a child and
- Creating family reading time where everyone turns off all screens (unless the book is being read from a screen) and sits in comfortable chairs reading different books yet together.