And as Albert Einstein put it:
"Imagination is everything. It is the preview for life's coming attractions.”
Therefore we should encourage a child’s imagination. I am passionate about getting kids to dream big and articulate those dreams. I am always looking for ways to help parents nurture the development of their child’s imagination. One way of exercising children's imagination muscles is for parents to sit with their child and draft a fairy story.
It will depend on your child’s abilities and their age as to how much autonomy they have in this process - but even children as young as five can help their parents create a wicked fairy tale that is a product of both child and parent. Something they have created together. Something to be proud of.
These steps below should assist you in creating the first draft of a fairy story. These steps may take weeks, or even months. It is something that should be chipped away at. No masterpiece was created in one sitting.
Now you have a plan for your fairy tale what should you do next?
Well that’s totally up to you and your child. You may want to:
Take some time out, once a week with your child to write your first draft.
Hand the project over to your child completely and get them to make their first draft.
For the visual learners - encourage your child to create artworks depicting the ideas in your plan.
For the auditory learning - let them talk it out. Use your phone recording function and let your child tell the story as a pod cast.
Imagination is important it as fuels our dreams and desires. Imagination allows us to think of inventive solutions to problems, it enables us to aim for goals others would not have even considered and it gives us hope in time of struggle. Imagination is developed, it’s nurtured and prioritised. Activities like ‘Build your own Fairy Tale’ allows that development to be something that child and parent nurture together.
Have fun creating.
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