Imagination plays an important role in our mental health, social development and making human relationships more beautiful. Albert Einstein once said, ‘the true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination’. Imagination fills our mind with happiness, desires, hard work and dedication, that creates a way forward for us.
Why Having A Good Imaginary Power Is Essential:-
Only storing knowledge is not enough. It is important for the kids to be imaginative to become successful in life. Imagination fosters cognitive and social development.
Critical thinking skills and creative problem-solving abilities are very essential for children’s development. You just need to be excited about each and everything they say and do. That will make them tell you whatever they think without fearing judgement. That will make them think creatively. I am sharing a few tips/imaginary questions that will help foster a child’s imagination.
1. MAKE STORIES OUT OF PICTURES
Show them a picture and ask What do you see in this picture? Tell them to write a story looking at the picture.
2. WHAT IF THEY WERE TOO SMALL
If you were Itty bitty (tiny) where would you want to live? I am sure you will listen many interesting places where they would love to live being a tiny person.
3. MONEY MANAGEMENT FOR KIDS
If I give you Rs. 500, where and how will you spend it? This way you will get to know about your children’s interests and hobbies and also how they manage money.
4. LIFE OF AN ALIEN
What would you do if you came to earth as an alien? This way, they will be more curious to know about the ALIEN LIFE.
5. FINDING IMAGES LOOKING AT SKY
Look at clouds and find images. They will try to find so many images and also will tell you what they all are doing in the sky.
6. PLAY WORD GAMES
If you have a party and can only have things that begin with the first letter of your name. What would you have and Why? This way they will explore too many words starting from the initial letters of their names, which will enhance their vocabulary and thinking power.
7. ASK QUIZ GIVING RANDOM WORDS
Give them a random item and ask them what does it look like. Give them 5 random words and ask for a short story using all the words. So that they can cook plenty of new stories using their creativity and imagination.
8. LIFE OF AN ANIMAL OR INSECT
Ask them to imagine if they were an animal or insect, what would they do? So they can understand what struggles do the animals and insects face, what is their lifespan, where do they live, what does they eat.
9. BECOMING A SUPERHERO
What super hero would you like to be and What would you do with your superpower?
10. OPEN ENDED QUESTIONS
Ask them to continue a story that you start and that is made up, So they can use their imagination to keep the story going in a fun way and make a happy ending.
11. READ THEM STORIES
Read them at least one story every night and ask them to imagine what happened to the characters after the story.
12. ASK QUESTIONS ABOUT THE STORY
After reading a story ask them questions about the story. If you were part of the story, what would be your character’s name and what role would you play in the story? So you get to know how much they have grasped the story and which characters they liked and want to become like.
13. VALUE OF PLANT AND TREES
If you were a tree, What would you do? So that kids understand the value of plants and trees and what are the things we get from plants.
14. GIVE YOUR CHILDREN WINGS
What would you do if you had wings? They will be very excited to listen this and will surely say they want to fly high.
15. IF THEY WERE THE PM OF THEIR COUNTRY
What would you do if you were the PM of your country? In this way you will know what your children know about their country and its problems.
16. KNOW THEIR FAVORITE SUBJECT
If you were a teacher what subject would you teach and why? In this way, you will also be able to know which is their favorite subject and why do they like that particular subject.
17. SHORT RHYMING POEMS
Depending on their age help them to write a poem with words that rhyme together.
18. WORLD AFTER 10 YEARS
Imagine what would the world look like after 10 years. So they tell you what kind of world they want to see after next few years
19. HEAD OF THE FAMILY
If you were the head of the family, what would you have done? By doing so, you will be able to know what changes the child expects in their own house and why?
20. PUT IN A SITUATION
Ask them questions which puts them into a situation. For instance, suppose you are going to a forest and suddenly a wolf approaches you, what would you do in that situation?
21. GET HAPPY INSTANTLY
What makes you happy instantly? You will know what are the things that make them happier.
22. OPPORTUNITY OF DOING ANYTHING
If you can do anything right now, what would you want to do?
23. “WOULD YOU RATHER” QUESTIONS
Ask them: Would you rather…Live in a teapot, or a flowerpot? Drive a car or a train? Be a butterfly or a bat? Live on a boat or on an airplane? Be a great dancer or a great painter? Have dogs or cats? Be able to fly or breathe underwater? Be invisible or be able to fly?
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