Children need to use their imagination and creativity; that’s an important part
of being a child. It helps them to use their vocabulary when they make up games
and stories, and it teaches narrative skills
, one of the early literacy skills
needed to learn to read.
What can you do?
- Make up silly stories! Maybe it’ll be about a zebra with polka dots or a man who walks on his hands.
- Start reading aloud a book, but ask your child to make up the ending.
- At dinner, ask your child to tell everyone what they did that day, helping them
to keep the events in order.
- Get down on the floor and pretend to be snakes, or act like monkeys in the backyard.
- Act out a familiar story with stuffed animals or puppets.
- Have a prop box with costumes, puppets, and toys for creative play.