Olivia has such a great imagination on her it is fun to listen to her playing at times. Even though she is 8 she still revels in make believe and loves making up games and scenarios with her dolls and toys its like a scene straight from Toys Story sometimes in this house, even worse when we had Toy Story toys lining the hall. I’ve seen the film I know what goes on!
|This is not an uncommon sight in our house|
One of her favourite games at the moment seems to be school. She takes all her dolls and I mean all and takes register, tells them off I presume the way her own teacher does, and basically teaches them what she is currently learning. I find dolls everywhere, she even has them partaking in real life activities likewhich I came across a few months ago. I love that she is able to play on her own like this, even when given the option of free reign on the TV she is more likely to disappear off upstairs to play with her dolls.
Lately I have been reading that kids are lacking in imagination and the ability to role play and this is just sad. It can hinder the learning process leaving them reliant on others to provide ideas and creativity. For me it is one of the most important aspects of childhood. To be able to play and imagine. To dress up and role play, to make your own fun. You have the rest of your life to be serious why do we need rob them of this at a young age?
The reliance on TV, tablets, laptops, smartphones are draining our kids of the ability to think for themselves creatively, to use their imagination and anyone or anything they want to be.
As parents we need to nurture this, encourage and join in too. I have spent, and still do although not as much, many hours playing, drawing, making, breaking, cooking and most importantly having fun with Olivia. It doesn’t matter what level of talent you have, mine is non existent, it’s the taking part and doing that counts. If we don’t teach from example show them how, how will they be able to grow this themselves we owe it to them as parents to help them be the best that they can be.
Personally I don’t think a TV, Smartphone, tablet or any app in the world can teach them half as much as a parent can, although it is tidier has less cut up bits of paper and no glitter working its way into places you can never remove it from, it definitely cannot replace a good parent and child bonding session (in my opinion anyway). Olivia does have an ipod touch thanks to her dad and is scarily proficient in technology as she proved today
“Mum I’ll sort the music out on Spotify I know you don’t know what it is!”
For the record I do I just don’t use it as often as she obviously does. So don’t get me wrong there is a lot to learn from the use of technology but I think we should encourage the use of the brain they were born with as oppose a virtual one who does all the work for them.