Making Time For Imaginary Play

Oct 16, 2019
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The mind is the most powerful tool that humans possess.

We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.” - Buddha.

A place where you can be anything, see anything you want to see and be aware of the world and your experiences, to think, and to feel. Imaginary play or imaginative play is a sign of a healthy mind, and it happens when kids are role-playing and acting out various experiences like they were real. That’s something that kids love to do with the 18-inch doll Playtime by Eimmie.

Imaginary Play is one of the hallmarks of childhood and is one of the few reasons anyone would like to be a child again. From dressing up as Marvel’s Captain America to putting on an eye patch, holding a sword, and screaming “Ayee” like the Pirates of the Caribbean. A study of children in 4th grade indicates that there is a significant relationship between imaginative play and creativity.

The benefits are simply endless, and playing with dolls stands out as one of the best ways to get children to exercise and groom their social skills, conflict resolution skills, self-advocacy, confidence, and empathy. Highlighted below are ways in which playing with the 18-inch doll and all other forms of imaginary play are beneficial to your children.

  1.  It Enhances Their Communication And Social Skills.

    The fun part about imaginary play is that it’s a lot more fun when you invite others to join. Whether your child invites his/her friends from school, your neighbor’s kids, his/her siblings, or sometimes you may be asked to join, engaging in this kind of play builds positive connections and helps your child communicate and relate with others better. Playacting with the 18-inch doll Playtime by Eimmie with friends is another way children can explore imaginary play. When we’re able to take the time to join our kids when they engage in imaginary play, we protect them from stress, and we show them that we’re there for them.

  2.  Kids Develop Organizational And Planning Skills.

    While parents may see imaginary play as some kind of funny show kids do when they’re bored and just want to play dress-up, imaginary play and play-acting actually requires so much thought and planning to execute. Children make use of advanced thinking strategies when designing a plot, negotiating their individual roles, and even honing their skills in arts and crafts. Since group play is all about working together towards a common goal, they learn how to be organized so that everyone is involved.

  3.  Kids Are Able To Overcome Stress And Fears.

    The world indeed is a scary and stressful place with all the crazy things that we see in the news daily. Even our kids aren’t completely protected from the stress around them. Because they’re kids, they may not have the required knowledge of how to deal with anxiety and fear, and that could have a significant impact on their lives. Imaginary play, however, provides an avenue for our children to create a whole new world where they can escape the problems, fears, and stressors of their lives.

  4.  Playacting With Dolls Builds Empathy.

    Empathy is the ability to identify the thoughts and feelings of others and share these feelings. Using the 18-inch doll Playtime by Eimmie, children can assume the role of parents and understand what it means to take care of a child. They make clothes for 18-inch dolls, doll furniture, and care for the lifelike American girl doll. In these imaginary play, they learn how to love the doll and feel for the doll when they’re in pain or discomfort.

There you have it, four effective ways parents can help their children with imaginary play. Imaginary play should be an essential part of the curriculum for toddlers in school. It is our responsibility to ensure that we create the best of kids that will impact our lives and that of others in the world positively.

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