Creative and imaginative play is the way that children learn. It’s how they develop motor skills, hand-eye coordination, and learn how to communicate with others. It teaches them how to think critically and creatively depending upon what the situation requires. Creative and imaginative play helps children to understand the world around them and is the beginning of their development to adulthood. 

In today’s blog post, we are going to discuss some of the benefits of imaginative and creative play. Continue reading to learn more, and if you are interested in enrolling your child in an educational preschool, schedule a tour at Toddler Town. We have two convenient locations in Chicago and Evanston. Contact us today to learn more. 

Improves Social Development

During imaginative play, children often play “make believe” with other children at their child care center. Playing together allows children to learn how to take turns, respect others, and communicate with their peers. 

Improves Thinking Skills

When children engage in imaginative and creative play, they are also developing their thinking skills. Whether the game requires them to think critically or use their creative thinking skills, the child’s mind is being challenged to look at situations from other points of view and find solutions to problems. 

Improves Physical Development

Playing with building blocks and play dough or painting and drawing with crayons and paint brushes allows children to develop hand-eye coordination. As your child plays these types of games, they are developing their fine motor skills. Other activities such as dancing to music, obstacle courses, hopscotch, and jumping on a trampoline are great for developing gross motor skills. 

Improves Emotional Development

During imaginative and creative play, children may try to work through difficult emotions. Many times, they will incorporate a problem that they are having into their game so that they can work through their emotions and find a way to solve the problem. 

Children will also experience a number of emotions as they engage in imaginative and creative play, especially when they are playing with other children. For example, when two children disagree about something in their game, they may become angry, sad, or upset, which will help them learn how to process and handle these emotions.  

Improve Communication Skills

When children engage in imaginative and creative play with their peers at their child care center, they learn how to communicate both verbally and non-verbally. Being exposed to their peers also helps to increase their vocabulary so that they can communicate more effectively. 

Learn About Our Child Care Philosophy

At Toddler Town in Chicago and Evanston, we believe that children learn and develop best when they engage in imaginative and creative play. These games help to grow children’s minds, muscles, and hearts. Children learn how to work with others, communicate, share, and use critical and creative thinking skills. If you are interested in learning more about creative play, read our child care philosophy. And, when you are ready to enroll your child in an education preschool or daycare, schedule a tour at Toddler Town in Evanston or Chicago.