“Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. But without it, we go nowhere.”
Imaginative play is a vital component of childhood development and thus, we as parents should encourage it. I am grateful that both of my children are actively engaged in imaginative play most of the time without my assistance. Maybe it helps that their father is a professional actor? However, when they need a little help I know to introduce toys such as Schleich figurines to get there creative juices flowing again.
So whats so important about imaginative play? Well, first it promotes physical development such as hand-eye coordination. Using the imagination also develops problem-solving skills. We’ve all seen kids fighting when they don’t get their way. These are important situations for all children to learn how to emotionally deal with. Creating a pretend lava field, tea party or fighting off dragons helps with creativity as well. In fact, yesterday my kids both played with a sugar canister at a restaurant and pretended it was a frog eating fish. It kept them entertained and my stress level down.
This past week I introduced Schleich figurines to my seven-year-old son for the first time to assist in creative play. Not familiar with Schleich? No worries, I am happy to help with that.
Founded 80 years ago in Germany today Schleich is one of Germany’s largest toy manufacturers and leading international provider of realistic and hand-painted toy figurines and playsets. Schleich’s figurines are sold in more than 60 countries and are loved around the world.
I decided to start my son off with two Schleich sets: the Farm World and Wildlife Starter set (sold separately at $19.99). The kits are composed of the classic animals that children can recognize such as a giraffe, cow, sheep, and donkey.
When I got down on the floor and started to play with my son and his new Schleich figurines it was such a delight to watch his imagination come to life. The cow quickly became friends with the elephant and they went on a wild adventure together. Next, the donkey came to visit with the anteater and giraffe to plan a party. We giggled and smiled at the fun adventures they had–all made up in the mind of my seven-year-old. It is amazing to see just where imaginative play can take us when given the right props.
I can’t wait for Easter when both my children will be receiving more Schleich figures in their Easter baskets. In my opinion, you are never too old or too young to use your imagination. So why not imagine amazing worlds and more with the help of Schleich.