One of the best parts of being a parent is being able to act like a total kid with your kid and be considered a good parent for doing it. It’s a great way to have a second childhood, do all the fun things your own parents would never let you ever do in a million years and help your own children explore and create their own identities in the world. Helping play and playing with them helps them develop great skills, and it’s lots of fun too!
Recently I asked Two Kids and a Coupon readers how you encourage creativity and imagination in the children in your life. You guys had such awesome ideas, I wanted to share. Here is what you said.
Kristi P says:
I tell my daughter and grandchildren to use their imaginations—you can do anything in your imagination!
Stephanie L. says:
Play with my daughter, she likes playing Barbies so that brings out a lot of imagination there.
Kelly C. says:
We love telling stories. This gets my little one’s imagination going. Also through drawing. Love how her little mind works <3
beth c. says:
My son likes to pretend to be different characters and people. We act out scenes all of the time.
Robin (Masshole Mommy) says:
I’ve always encouraged my kids to play using what they have around them. They both have great imaginations.
Adrienne G. says:
I like to have them make up their own stories
Mine likes to use her animal figures to make up her own!
steve w. says:
I always encourage my nephew to use his imagination when he doesn’t have the right toys to use.
We encourage his imagination with all his dress up clothes. My son loves to dress up and play characters. His imagination is huge it cracks me up.
My daughter loves to make anything a toy and we pretty much let her as long as it won’t hurt the item or her
D S. says:
I encourage my children by talking about fantastical things everyday and making stories up together.
Birdie S. says:
I play with them & I let then play by their selves it encourages their creative juices to flow
Colouring their own pictures
Amber F. says:
My daughter loves to draw and paint!
My kids definitely use their imaginations…..they play pretend all the time!
Denise M says:
she loves to pretend she is animals and a vet
Shannon F. says:
I encourage her to play whatever she wants and sometimes I’ll ask her questions about what she is doing and she’ll give me “back stories” of her characters. Very sweet. Very imaginative!
Kerrie M. says:
I let them freely make art projects with random arts and craft supplies we have around the house and in the yard. Right now they are very into making fairy villages with pinecones, leaves, glitter and paint.
wendy r. says:
making up stories and drawing and using their imagination!!
By reading and doing craft projects!
Amy T. says:
try to encourage them to use their imagination by playing outside and leaving the machines alone like playing house or cowboys and indians playing in the woods play with sticks make things out of them..etc..
I encourage them to draw and paint
Carolyn D. says:
My kids like community theater, so when we are out for dinner we ask them to show us different emotions just using facial expressions. It keeps them quiet over dinner and expands their acting skills!
Judy L. says:
I have been teaching my granddaughter Anya to sew. We are making bibs for her new baby sister.
Linda W. says:
My nephew drives his imaginary race car like a pro racer! Changes gears, shifts, turns the key, makes a revving sound, beeps as he backs up! lol He’s fun to watch!
Sonoma J says:
I encourage my 3 kids to go outside and play together in the backyard.
danielle l. says:
we like to make up stories and our own songs
We play with little people and he uses his imagination to come up with the story.
Let them play more outside or with toys that will bring out their imagination, instead of spending all of their time on the computer or tv.
brandy g. says:
I always encourage my daughter to use her imagination with coloring pictures and making her own drawings.
matt r. says:
we make stands and shops and club houses out of boxes and cushions and their imagination runs wild
Daniel M says:
they like to paint draw & color
kelly g says:
Build stuff out of blocks
Bryan C. says:
just playing outside
We start a story and then everybody takes turns adding to it
michelle k. says:
My kids are really good about using their imaginations to play. We’ve got a lot of toys that encourage them, a kitchen with dishes, a teas set, baby strollers and cribs, and TONS of dress up clothes and costumes!
Rebecca P. says:
My kids are great with their imagination… They are like the only siblings that play well together that I know.. I don’t care for electronic toys.. I like them to make up fun also
I encourage my girls by talking about things that happen around them everyday and making stories up together.
April B. says:
I make sure my kids play outside, they need to stop watching TV, no video games and go out and have fun
Donna K. says:
I don’t need to encourage my daughter she has a active imagination already she can make a rock come to life
Priscilla B. says:
We buy them a lot of pretend play toys and costumes!
Erica C. says:
We encourage them to come up with their own games sometimes instead of using the games we have in the house.
Jenny M. says:
I make sure to play games with them that engage their imagination
Saver Sara says:
We encourage our son to play with his toys and other household items in varying ways.
When they are bored I make them use their imagination to play. Too many electronics today for kids, we used to make our own fun outside.
melina r says:
I pretend play with my kids to use their imagination
Ed N. says:
The little one has a family of push and we love to hear all about it from her!
I started playing a game with my grandkids where we pretend we are airplanes and we fly to different places and they decide where and what we are going to do when we get there. They are only 2 and 4 but they are learning and they love it.
susan s. says:
when we play with dolls or barbies we always pretend and make up stories and be creative with our play!
Brenda E. says:
My kids use their imagination through play and they love to make up stories.
Creative play is great for all aged kids
Tamie T. says:
We love to play Dr. with her Mommy Dr. doll
Amelia P. says:
I encourage my daughter by letting her do a lot of drawing and using things like boxes instead of a video game
Elizabeth M. says:
We got our son a kitchen for imaginative play.