Encouraging a Kindergartener to Play Creatively
Five can be a tough age. Changes happen around that age due to transitioning from preschool fun times to a more structured kindergarten year. That can cause a shift in your child’s ability to imagine like they did when things were a little more carefree.
Starting school can be overwhelming for a little five-year-old’s mind. Their minds which were once all about play are now transitioning to having to do worksheets and sit still for longer periods of time. During that transition, it is easy for a child to forget how to just have fun and use their imagination. Here are some ways that you can help a kindergartener do well in school yet continue to explore their imagination.
Get Outside With Nature
One great way to encourage creativity is to get outside and explore nature. Nature is a great provider of inspiration for creative minds. Have your child look for different shapes in the clouds or listen to the different sounds that different animals make. Taking walks through nature can help improve focus and allow a kindergartener to take a break from all of the new school material.
Draw and Create
Another way to encourage creativity is to have your child draw and create. This can be anything from doodling during downtime to making a model of their dream home. Just the act of creating something can help a kindergartener’s mind stay active and imaginative.
Be Imaginative In Playtime
Lastly, continue to be imaginative in playtime. This is the time when a child’s mind is most fertile for creativity. Let them pretend to be different animals or characters and just have fun with it. They will start to see that their imagination is a powerful tool that they can use in all aspects of their life.
Toys that can help foster creativity in five-year-olds:
- coloring books
- painting supplies
- modeling clay
- construction blocks
- dolls and action figures
- pretend kitchen supplies
- scavenger hunt items like binoculars, magnifying glasses, and a notepad to write down what they find
- a camera to take pictures of their creations
PLAYMOBIL Mini Cooper
We love PLAYMOBIL products because they are simple, child-appropriate, and hold up really well. They have just released the PLAYMOBIL Mini Cooper. It brings me back to the days of watching Mr. Bean with my family. The guy never spoke and was pretty corny humor. I am. not sure if we laughed more at the intentional humor or at the man himself. His little green mini cooper was one to remember. PLAYMOBIL’s Mini Cooper is blue but it reminds me of Mr. Bean, nonetheless. Your child may not know who Mr. Bean is or about his funny little green mini but they will have fun making up their very own script with PLAYMOBIL’s Mini Cooper.
The removable roof on the Mini Cooper from PLAYMOBIL may be lowered to allow four people to fit inside. The PLAYMOBIL Mini Cooper not only has a finely detailed design, but also chrome-colored highlights. The driver’s seat and steering wheel are on the right-hand side, as they are in a typical English automobile. The set also includes a policeman in traditional, English dress, as well as two 70s-era figures in bright costumes and a Dalmatian.
Conclusion on a Kindergartener Using Their Imagination
Creativity is key to success in any field, so helping a five-year-old foster their creativity is important. By getting outside, drawing, and being imaginative in playtime, you can help your kindergartener stay creative and thrive in their new school year.