Small child

Creative fun, i.e. we awaken the imagination


Every time I work with children and young people, there is an absolute lack of imagination. It hurts me all the more because my personal profession is built on it. I have not been able to understand for a long time how it is possible for an eight-year-old child to eat or slice the apple abstractly! I observed that the key to my agonization is TIME. I have also come across the shop offer for the youngest customers. And here I found the answer to the questions bothering me for a long time ...

Attacking toys

If a child's solution, use and offer of the toy is given "on a tray" and the toy does not bode on his own inventiveness, then how can a young man come to the conclusion that with such a thing something more can be done? In addition, eternally busy parents will not help the child, because such a toy "selling" a baby is salutary for them and they prefer to buy a second one instead of the first one to explore and find hidden uses.

Waking up children playing, glowing, spinning and it is not known what other gadgets are not able to ask themselves, what else they can discover. Over time, their desire and need to ask questions and find answers to them disappear.
There is one, there will be another, and then the next

They change toys every now and then bored after 5 minutes of fun previous. They are used to ready solutions. The natural tendency to fantasize, invent and marvel is lost and lost. Parents, unfortunately, do not help either ...
Lack of time, willingness, sometimes both at once mean that they do not develop interest in the world in a child, and often they intentionally kill this interest, scolding the child for inventing a story about aliens or monsters from the closet. They say it's foolishness and their child shouldn't be dealing with stupid things.

Naturally, you should be able to distinguish between fantasizing which is a wonderful period in a child's life and which even needs to be cultivated from a lie that usually leads to obtaining certain benefits. To see this subtle difference, however, you need to devote time to your child. And here we stagger around my talk about the lack of imagination in children and adolescents. I intentionally ignore the issue of television and channels with fairy tales, because it raises my personal opposition, rebellion and strong frustration. I will stop at the TIME issue.

A creative parent's toolbox

The time of expeditions, trips, plots and holidays is approaching. Sometimes it happens that ideas for toys or toys for a demanding child are missing. The offer for preschool children is huge. But what to do with a one-year-old or one and a half year old child? What to offer him? Here are some ideas and tips on how to provide your child and yourself with great entertainment with the help of small items available anytime and anywhere. Personally, I recommend always having a "must-have" with you, that is: an inflatable ball (light, does not take up space), a marker, adhesive tape, scissors. And you can use them like this:

  • Bowling. The simplest idea and a way that many parents will definitely come across without trouble. 6 bottles partially filled with water (or other liquid. For the youngest, I recommend water colored with paint, then we can be guided by colors instead of numbering the bottles. If we do not have paint, we can use food products such as juice, syrup, milk, coffee, cocoa, tea, etc. etc. .) simply number and bowling ready. If you do not have a ball, you can knead a ball of suitable size with food foil (you can load it with rice or porridge, for example), then just mark the track and it's ready.
  • Blocks. More and more products are packed in boxes (milk, shoes, oat or cornflakes, rice, cereal, cookies, etc.). It is enough to collect a few boxes or a dozen or so boxes, gently rub with a wet sponge and paint with paint. If we do not have paint and the box is covered with a slippery surface, just stick the newspaper and then paint. If the problem is paint, you can cover the boxes with colored paper so that they are colored blocks. The toy is ready. Older children will also like these large blocks.
  • Puzzle. Great fun for young (from a year), older and also for a gift. Of course, companies and photography outlets have in their offer productions in the form of puzzles, but they will not create them exactly as we would like. For younger children, I suggest starting with 4 elements. If the puzzles are not damaged, they can be divided into subsequent pieces, making it difficult for older children to play. Execution is more than trivial. We print a photo in A4 format (a regular, home printer is enough) showing parents, a child, familiar surroundings or a favorite character from the book (any subject). From the bottom, glue the cardboard (a piece of cardboard, the end of the block, cut open packaging, e.g. flakes). The whole is covered with transparent tape. We cut into pieces (they can be with insets, cut straight or into any es-flores) and we play together for hours.
  • Obstacle course. Can be done anytime, anywhere. We use available obstacles: pillows, blankets, chairs, towels, table, trees, clothes drying lines, cartons etc. Etc. Fun to play at home, in the garden, in the forest, on the beach, in the clearing, at the camping , camping site, in the hotel corridor and wherever you need it (also in the clinic or store). The only requirements for a child are at least all fours and a desire to combine, climb and overcome obstacles. In creating an obstacle course only the imagination will limit us ...
  • Tunnel. Fun for children who like obstacle courses. If we don't have classic tunnels available, we can use a blanket and, for example, two chairs. Then we can make the tunnel ourselves. If, in addition, we have a large cardboard box (e.g. after a fridge, stove, trolley, dishwasher, etc.), we can build a more durable tunnel out of it. If the child has skills or just likes to draw, he can paint the tunnel in any way. To extend its durability, you can cover it from the outside with transparent tape or use hairspray. In the event that we do not have any accessories, and we are, for example, in a clinic or at the post office, we can create a tunnel from the chairs for the child under which he will have to pass. An older child can be made more difficult by having him overcome the tunnel with a slalom, alternatively the top or bottom of a chair, etc.
  • Ball-zmienka. This is my favorite fun. We only use football and our own ingenuity. We can treat the ball as an object that changes physical properties (heavy as stone, light as a feather, smelly, stinging, fragile) by rolling it towards you, throwing it or passing it. We can tell a child to walk with her in a certain way, e.g. as wellingtons, as mother's heels, against the wind, in the snow, on pebbles of a brook, on hot sand, like a cheerful, sad, thoughtful, tired, old man, baby, etc. I will repeat myself, but in this game this condition is the most important - this fun can only be limited by our imagination. Children love balls. They provide not only countless and endless opportunities to take time for a child, but also develop balance, general motor skills, perceptiveness, dexterity, and most importantly for me - imagination. A ball can be a doll, a child, a house, a chair, a dog, an umbrella, luggage ... we can wear it, roll it, kick it, pass it, put it away, throw it ... The ball can be the beginning of a story whose content we create together with the child by actively spending time.