Guest Post: Storytelling for creative kids

July 10, 2013 Off By Laura TMOT
While some children like to spend their days running around the park and others prefer to bury their head in a book, one thing that can be said for all kids is that they have wild imaginations.

Whether it’s turning a cardboard box into a makeshift spaceship or pretending they’re running a cafe from the kitchen, youngsters love the opportunity to get creative and explore their interests by putting them into practice.

And even though this can sometimes leave certain areas of the house in a mess, it’s important we encourage our little ones to take full advantage of their artistic impulses as they immerse themselves in the world around them.

The good news is that such activities don’t necessarily have to involve letting our kids loose with paint and felt-tip pens, as there are plenty of ways to get their minds working without turning the living room into an art studio.

Indeed, one of the most traditional yet effective methods for helping our children’s brains develop is with a spot of storytelling, which can be a perfect tactic for stimulating their thinking processes as they come up with all sorts of wacky ideas.

The benefits of such an approach have been well documented in various bodies of research, many of which draw a direct link between kids engaging in imaginative play and the boost this can give their cognitive functions – as well as their social contentment.

So if you want to get your youngsters involved in some storytelling but are struggling for inspiration yourself, here are a couple of suggestions to help you get started.

Presents and gifts:

Every child loves a surprise, and a present that encourages them to explore their imagination is the perfect way to provide them with a combination of fun and learning.

With everything from creative kits for boys to great gifts for girls to choose from, there is a wide variety of products which will get your youngsters’ inventive impulses firing.

These presents could come in the form of ideas cubes or buzzword cards, all of which get kids to think and come up with their own stories about a wide range of topics.

Stick to your children’s interests:

If there is anything that will hold a child’s attention it’s a subject they already love, so sitting down and coming up with stories about things they’re interested in is a great way to foster the development of their ideas and hobbies.

Not only will this help with sparking their imaginations, but in doing so it can also get them thinking about ways to look at things from different perspectives and consider new approaches.

The benefits:

One of the key aspects of a child’s development is the way in which their minds evolve, and encouraging their brains to stay active is a brilliant method for giving them a boost in the classroom.

With being imaginative and creative among the best activities for inquisitive kids, storytelling and gifts that promote this pastime are perfect for helping with their education.