books inspire child's play Children's books fill the child with ideas, fairy tales and myths that nourish their imaginations and add on to their own experiences. A childhood favorite, Where the Wild Things Are, is now a classic children's picture book. The unbridled imagination of the mischievous boy in the story gives full reign to children's imaginations everywhere.
Even our sweet small one's wild imagination.
At first banned in libraries from young readers, like other well-known literature— The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Catcher in the Rye, The Giving Tree (we cherished this book and our maple giving trees here)—Where the Wild Things Are is now recognized for it's celebration of children's imaginations and for sharing how a child conquers his negative feelings. This masterpiece of children's books, now 50 years old, was awarded a Caldecott Medal for it's illustrations.
uninterrupted play When deep in thought and play, children's imaginations bring them to magically almost-real places. Leave this time uninterrupted so they can fully explore and develop the stories they have created in their pretend play. Allow them to enjoy and stay in their imagination—and the creative places they have built in their minds.
give them time Allow an abundance of unscheduled, unstructured time so they have the possibility to dream, pretend, and wildly imagine. If your child is too busy—with lessons, practice, and structured activities—their minds will not have time to wander and create.
independent play Learning they can creatively occupy themselves is a powerful life-long lesson for children—and parents, teachers, and caregivers. Children don't need an abundance of toys, electronic media, organized outings, or planned crafts and activities to entertain themselves. Becoming self-sufficient at play can encourage inventiveness and creativity that will benefit them in life, and their learning odyssey.
learn along the way On their imaginative journeys, children learn to triumph over obstacles, conquer their fears, explore far away places with bravery and an adventuresome spirit, and follow their ambitions—And these lessons learned are grand ones to have in the real world too.
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