Saturday, August 25, 2007

Imagination Central

Whether you are a parent or caregiver, you realize that stimulating a child’s mind is very important in helping them grow and mature. Many experts agree that there is a vast difference in children that are encouraged to use their imagination opposed to those that have little or no stimulation. The ones that have been encouraged to be curious and explore are far more likely to grow and mature into a well-rounded adult.

Most children begin to really display curiosity and seek out things that catch their attention around their first birthday. Some may do this sooner and some later, the time frame itself is not written in stone, it's just a guideline. No one knows your child as well as you do, so you will need to watch for individual signs that your child is ready to explore.

One way to help them along is to provide ways for them to start developing and shaping their own individuality. This can be done in a variety of ways, from scheduled instruction times to free play. Naturally, the ideal would be to combine the two, as this seems to get the best results.

If you are attempting to insert a little educational instruction, keep in mind the younger the child the harder it may be to keep their attention. It does help to make it as fun as possible while still keeping it age appropriate. An excellent choice for this type of educational toy is the Purple Play PanelWall Toy. As the name indicates, it can be mounted on a wall, which leaves more space available for a play area on the floor. It has a great variety of games that children love to play and the bright colors are pleasing to the eye. It can also be great fun trying to teach your child how to say the name, they love those P's.


Joanne Miller/Brown Elementary said...

You almost always have some really great stories on your blog and being a teacher they are also usually informative. I do have to say that I really enjoyed this one and one reason was the humor in the last sentence. I laughed out loud at that, my kindergarten kids really do have trouble with their P's!
I would also really like to know more about the person or persons that write these. All the teachers in our school love your site and we have all gotten something from you at one time or another. We have these little discussions about who does the writing. Some say it has to be a pediatrician or counsellor with all of the important points that are raised. But then some say it must be a parent because of all the humor and insight. Think you could drop us a little hint?
Thank you.

Sensory Edge said...

Hi Joanne,

Thanks for your note, we love getting feedback about our blog and website. We're always excited when they help or create smiles. We actually use various people on our team to write our posts. Our main writer has a background in child development and we think she hits the nail on the head a lot.

Best regards,