|"This is the food for all the workers. Let's be really careful so we don't spill it or they might get hungry."|
|"I'm going to the store. I'm gonna make cookies!"|
|"See the bubbles? I'm popping them so them don't get away! Pop!"|
|"I'm making chocolate bread. This is the batter!"|
|"We are sawing the house down! Let's break it! We have to be quick or it won't work."|
|"I'm a super hero guy! This block is going to get you!"...|
"This is my shield! You can't even get me!"
So how do we support imagination? How do we encourage children to use their imaginations? I feel Nikola Tesla covers this well:
“Every night, when alone, I would start out on my journeys - see new places, cities and countries... This I did constantly until I was about seventeen when my thoughts turned seriously to invention. Then I observed to my delight that.. I needed no models, drawings or experiments. I could picture them all as real in my mind.”
Tesla's imagination thrived regardless of encouragement. Humans need, perhaps even live for, imagination. So give them time to play and time to imagine. Imagine with them. Fulfill your need and their need both... that is all the encouragement they need.
In case you missed it above, I highly recommend watching Amy Purdy's TedX Talk: