My 6-year-old son and I like to play imagination games to spice up an otherwise dull car ride, restaurant experience or the necessary but mundane errands we have to run.
It’s not uncommon for Dallas, Texas to become overrun by giant insects crawling up buildings, dinosaurs romping down the freeways or a massive tornado leaving nothing but our house and the nearest GameStop store standing (my son needs unlimited access to the DS and WII games).
I can only imagine what else goes on in his “little skull,” or I should say his giant mind, zestfully recomposing experiences into whatever logical or illogical sequence he envisions.
When I asked him to turn off the electronics so we could play games in “the real world, not the fantasy world,” he did not miss a beat: “THIS (pointing outside the car window) is a fantasy world, too, Mom. Anything is possible!”
A few of his favorite games with me are:
1. Be a (person, animal or thing) and act like (something else).
Example: Be a cow and act like a chicken
Example: Be a soccer player and do a dance
Example: Be a painter and take a bath
It’s a fun game for exercising how to step in and out of distinct personalities that one imagines being, but with a twist. The added challenge is you have to maintain the qualities of one person, animal or thing while performing or being something else that may be completely out of character for that identity.
This speaks for itself. Sometimes I change it up by starting the story and my son has to finish it.
3. What would you do if?
This is a great one to use for exercising logic and quick thinking for such things as survival training or handling emergencies and other challenging situations.
Example: “What would you do if the kitchen was on fire and you were on the 2nd floor?”
IMAGINATION is a vital “Super Power” most strongly held by children. It only appears to fade as we age. www.youthmuse.com
Imagination is vital for the creation of any kind of future at all. If no one creates new combinations of things in their mind first, nothing is done, nothing gets made, nothing becomes a reality.
Imagination is easily observed in a child and carefully guarded in an adult; but, it’s always there to be tapped into and EXERCISED, regardless of age.