Doctor or Vet
First Aid Kit, Bandages, Tongue Depressors, Ace Bandage, etc. Kids can doctor their dolls or their stuffed animals.
Future Business Executive
Put together an old phone, a calculator, a keyboard, some paper and pens, and let your kid imagine they’re running a corporate office.
If your kids are old enough, let them have some scrap wood, a hammer, some nails, along with paint and brushes. You’ll be amazed by what they create.
Scientist or Explorer
Give them a magnefying glass, tweezers, ziploc baggies (for specimens) and let kids “discover” something new.
Most of us have extra kitchen tools that we don’t use. Clean out the cabinets and drawers, and create a “toolbox” for you little cook. Ideas include old spatulas, spoons, bowls, plastic ice cube trays, empty butter or yogurt tubs, cookie cutters, aluminum pie tins, muffin pan, etc. Kids will feel like they’re creating an award-winning dish! Be sure to play along and “sample” their selections!
Children can imagine the most incredible things. Use these activities to encourage their imagination.
Other Imaginative Play Ideas:
Yes, that’s right. In today’s time of over-scheduled kids, some unscheduled time will allow your child to rely on their own imagination for entertainment.
Make Up a Story Together
Have your child illustrate it.
Invite friends and neighbors to a talent show in your yard. They can choose to perform or watch. Borrow a karaoke machine or some instruments and have someone emcee the show.
Build a fort
Hide the breakables and let the kids use every pillow, blanket and piece of furniture in the living or family room to create a giant fort. Add a couple of flashlights, a light snack and a few books, and you’ve got a recipe for fun.
Watch the Clouds
Lay in the grass next to your child and talk about the clouds. What do they see?
Create a Movie or Play