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How to Encourage Imaginative Play

Given the numerous benefits of imaginative play, it is crucial to create an environment that fosters and encourages this form of expression. Here are a few suggestions to support and promote imaginative play:

1) Provide open-ended toys and materials that can be used in various ways, such as building blocks, art supplies, and costumes.

2)Allocate unstructured playtime, free from excessive adult direction or screen time, where children can let their imagination run wild.

3) Encourage and participate in your child's imaginative play. Take on roles, ask open-ended questions, and engage in their creative narratives to demonstrate your support and interest.

4) Foster opportunities for social play by organizing playdates, joining community groups, or enrolling children in classes where they can engage in cooperative play with peers.

5) Celebrate and value your child's imaginative endeavours by displaying their artwork, praising their storytelling, and acknowledging their creativity.


Imaginative play is a vital component of a child's wellbeing, fostering their cognitive, emotional, social, and physical development. Through play, children engage their minds, explore their emotions, and build meaningful connections with others. As parents, caregivers, and educators, it is crucial to provide children with ample opportunities for imaginative play and create an environment that nurtures their creativity and imagination. By recognizing and supporting the power of play, we empower children to thrive, grow, and discover their true potential in a world full of endless possibilities.



Hi! I'm Quel Bellastella

I’m an art educator, a theatre-maker and a mum of two very wild boys.

I dream of a world where everyone of us is encouraged to be curious and create

- from day one.  

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