Ideas and games that foster and nurture my child’s imagination

little girl playing doctor with a teddy bear

These are some ideas on how to easily set up scenarios that can spark your little one’s interest. According to your child’s age, you just need to be around to supervise and of course take part of the adventure if invited to! Remember to avoid setting rigid boundaries and let your kid’s imagination lead the way.

  • Pretend to go on a safari in your backyard. You can even co-create binoculars with your child.
  • Go sailing on an imaginary boat inside a big laundry basket.
  • Create super-hero props with household items and have your little one save the day.
  • Use play-dough to “cook” pizzas or baked goods.
  • Set a camping site right inside the house.
  • Dress up like a robot! You can have your child transform into a robot using boxes and aluminum paper.
  • Take care of an imaginary garden using some fake flowers and styrofoam.
  • Pretend to be weather reporters.
  • Take out pieces of clothing and costumes and tell your child to dress up in the colors of a liked animal. Ask them to move and make animal noises, and have other family members guess.
  • Have your little one imagine being a toy doctor.
  • Pretend to go to the grocery store.
  • Create a “cave” with bed linens and furniture, and imagine you are explorers.
  • Pretend you are mermaids and live in an underwater house.
  • Pretend to be astronauts exploring a new planet.

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