Building Faith through Imaginative Play
Who doesn’t love to watch children use their imagination to create their own worlds and have adventures? But did you know that using the imagination is an important skill that kids need in order to develop and grow? Studies have shown that imaginative play is vital to children’s growth and development and assists them in understanding abstract concepts like history and God.
Systematic research has increasingly demonstrated a series of clear benefits of children’s engagement in pretend games from the ages of about two and one half through ages six or seven. Actual studies have demonstrated cognitive benefits such as increases in language usage including subjunctives, future tenses, and adjectives. The important concept of “theory of mind,” an awareness that one’s thoughts may differ from those of other persons and that there are a variety of perspectives of which each of us is capable, is closely related to imaginative play.
Increasingly, child-development experts are recognizing the importance of imagination and the role it plays in understanding reality. Imagination is necessary for learning about people and events we don’t directly experience, such as history or events on the other side of the world.
We at Faith That Sticks know the importance of imagination and play and have strategically designed stickers and story/activity books that will help your child have fun while building important faith values and enforcing spiritual truths. Children can recreate Bible stories like Noah’s Ark and the Creation using stickers or learn about all of the creatures God made by reading stories about bugs and kittens and puppies. Intentional interaction is built in to each story, so your child will be able to engage his or her imagination while reading and doing the provided activities.
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