5 Toys That Kickstart Imagination
The simple act of playing and using imagination enables children to develop their physical, cognitive and emotional strength, which helps them gain confidence and interact with their peers. Here are 5 toys to kickstart their creativity.
Pediatricians around the world agree that play-based learning is one of the most crucial things children can do to help develop their capacity to learn, feel and communicate. This is why recess in school is so important. Engaging in the type of play that evokes emotion is necessary for little hearts and minds to grow because it allows children to absorb and process the world around them.
Imagination in particular is a wonderful tool to build confidence and hone problem-solving skills. Whether this is done solo or in group play, the simple act of encouraging children to use their minds to imagine a story, solution or problem will enable them to handle whatever life may throw at them later on down the track. Many of our favorite brands have consulted with child psychologists to design toys that cater to the emotional and physical needs of today’s youth.
The first toy we love is The Wooden Wagon Sunrise Stacking Puzzle.
Not only is puzzle play great for sharpening fine motor skills, it is the ultimate tool for developing problem solving skills. The Wooden Wagon Sunrise Stacking Puzzle is a new take on a classic game. Unlike typical puzzles that are flat, this one stacks up like building blocks. Ethically made from FSC wood and non-toxic paint, it can double as a prop in any game of make believe and also be used as décor!
The Design Letters Wooden Tool Set is also an oldie but goodie.
Made of solid beechwood and plywood in the Netherlands, this modern take on a child’s tool kit lets kids learn how things work and mimic the actions they see around them. Whether they’re building an entire house or fixing the leaking kitchen sink tap, your tot will be well equipped to handle any problem big or small.
For kids who prefer crafts, we recommend the Green Toys Meal Maker Dough Set.
Play dough can be a therapeutic and relaxing way for kids to play. If your tot is anxious, kneading the dough and creating a make believe feast can help calm their busy mind. The Green Toys Meal Maker Set is particularly awesome because the kit is made from 100% recycled plastic and the dough of organic flour. Made in the USA, this toy can provide hours of fun and teach kids how food is made, table manners and other meal time social skills.
Remember building a fort as a child? There was pretty much nothing better, right? Well Roberta Roller Rabbit has created an A Frame Tent that can be a permanent fort in your tot’s play space all year round.
The Roberta Roller Rabbit A Frame Tent can also be a cottage, nap space, reading nook, tea party shade and more. Handmade out of child safe wood and organic cotton, this is an heirloom piece that can be passed down from generation to generations for decades of imaginative play.
Last, but definitely not least, on our list of toys for sparking imagination is the Moulin Roty Little Armoire.
Designed in France and produced with the finest French fabrics and materials, the Little Armoire is the essence or childhood play. With a mini wardrobe and two stuffed dolls, kids can tell stories that teach them about relationships, self-expression and adventure. Packaged in an easy to carry and store suitcase, this toy is perfect for travel and is another item sure to stay with the family for years.