Toys are not really as innocent as they look. Toys and games are the prelude to serious ideas.
what does poetry mean to me? each line blooming shapes and nudging turns, each turn a new level, each level building more dimension, each dimension a portal to freedom
The best news? Fuelling their imaginations doesn’t require anything more than the most basic tools. “Adults think children need more than they actually do to play – what they really need is the time, the space and the encouragement to do it. Invite your children to imagine what a cardboard box could be – whether that’s a castle, a boat, a spaceship or anything else they come up with. Then follow their lead, giving prompts to extend the fantasy when they encounter problems. Most important is creating opportunities for the child to play freely, then they can develop this in whatever direction their imagination takes them.
The power of a child’s imagination can change a twig into a magic wand, a cardboard tube into a telescope, a bubble bath into a deadly swamp – and by sharing imaginative experiences with your child you can help them transform and develop into creative thinkers and problem solvers who might even one day change the world.
Imagination is the ability to create images in the mind’s eye, which allows us to explore all sorts of concepts and ideas without being constrained by the limits of the physical world. This is how we can come up with new possibilities, new ways of seeing and being, which develop important faculties in critical thinking.
Fairy tales are important not because they show children how life is, but because they give form to deep fears and dreams about life through fantasy. [They] give children a way, through stories that are safely set apart from themselves, to understand some of the really confusing and difficult feelings that they can’t yet articulate for themselves.
Perhaps play is more pervasive than some would like to admit. Think about the world's most impressive architecture, the cleverest industrial design, scientific research that forms unexpected bridges between fields of research, works of writing that expand our definition of American letters. Our first experiences of real play occur when we are young, and we assume that we must grow out of the things from our childhood as larvae will shed their skin in order to get bigger, but we have wrongly categorized this essential thing. It is a skill as well as an activity, and we must not shed our first line of defense against the stripping of our freedom. Play is as crucial and serious as maintenance.