Child’s play is creative improvisation. I watch my son play in repetitive themes-aliens versus humans, cop and robber, etc all the time. The common denominator? improvisation. Every single time, my son creates new characters, dialogue, stories for the same games, making them unique and special every time.
Play then helps our children understand on a personal level ideas and concepts. For example, A child hears the word gooey, see something gooey, but if they touch a gooey substance,they understand what gooey really is in a more meaningful way.
Children are able to practice creative thinking skills by putting ideas together to create something new.
Improvisation, especially in a group allows children to become instantly involved in a learning task, whether improvising the way a certain character speaks and how a setting can affect a story.
Normally, children are forced to passively receive information. In creative improvisation or play, children can become directly engaged, emphasizing that learning is fun and gratifying.
Improvising helps children learn in many ways that help them in growing up and understanding more complex concepts. When they are adults, they will need to think on their feet. Improvisational skills are a must.
It’s incredibly important to allow our children the time, especially after structured activities, like school or camp, to improvise freely so their confidence in their creative spirits will increase, thus preparing them for the game of adulthood.
Article By Nuria Almeida
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