INDEPENDENT PLAY & CREATIVE PLAY
Independent play and creative play builds confidence in children by empowering them to make all the decisions. This is the one time and place that the child gets to call all the shots. In the world of pretend play, children can be anyone and do anything. Every child is born with creative potential, but this potential may be stifled if care is not taken to nurture and stimulate creativity. It is proven that children who spend lots of time engaged in creative play score high on tests of imagination and creativity.
By allowing for the time, setting the environment, and providing the tools (the right toys) for independent play, you are helping your child to develop their creative abilities, reflective and analytical thought, and encourage creative problem solving in a variety of ways. Independent play teaches a child to look at alternatives, evaluate them, and then decide how to carry them out. Independent play is an important part of your child's development... opening the door to a whole new world of imaginative play and enhanced learning experiences.
Toys that foster imaginative play are very important to children's development, as they help them to play-out and to resolve hurdles. Whether your child is playing house or trains, he is developing skills in values, attitudes, language skills, and patience. In a child's imagination, a doll lives, cries, laughs, eats and shares life's experiences. What better way to teach a child about life where anything is possible than to encourage imaginative play.
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