Halloween and Imagination
Halloween is a fantastic time of year to get our creativity thinking caps on! It is especially a great time of year in a child’s life to encourage imagination, social skills and creativity. Through interactive games, storytelling and pretend play a child learns how to play fair, cooperate, develop friendships, and build self-confidence. Imagining oneself as a monster or a ghost helps develop a child’s thoughts and ideas, as well as encourages early vocab, sentence formation and grammar.
Why is it important to encourage imagination?
The first few years of life are extremely important in a child’s ability to acquire language, a child’s brain is preparing to speak before any sounds or words are uttered. Through gestures, intention and eye-contact an infant is able to state their desired need or want without uttering spoken words. This early interaction is important in the development of how a child learns to communicate. As a child is exposed to new experiences, their imagination pathways become “activated” in the brain, which fundamentally facilitates later learning. Essentially, this allows a child to learn from these new experiences whether it be from learnt stories, role-playing or drawing/colouring. A child learns to think and develop their own sense of self and how to create new characters and plots of their own.
Activities to encourage development of Imagination
As discussed above, Halloween is a perfect time of year for you and your child to explore creativity and develop imagination through various interactive games and stories. Below is a list of activities that may assist this Halloween in developing and/or expanding your child’s imagination:
- Reading fantasy stories to your child or fairy tales that contain different characters and plots
- Role playing games: pretend play with different themes and characters
- Dressing up in different costumes (e.g. Harry Potter themed)
- Drawing or colouring in different characters on paper.
For further Halloween therapy activities, check out this great website designed to encourage speech and language development centred on this theme: Halloween party
If you have any questions about speech therapy for children call ENT Wellbeing Sydney.