Children Thrive When Imagination Is Allowed To Flourish, Experts Say
A child maneuvering toy cars down an imaginary highway in his backyard appears to be doing little other than having a good time.
But there could be more to the activity than meets the adult eye. Research shows that imagination and unstructured playtime are important to a child’s intellectual development.
Often, it’s a favorite toy that helps spark creativity – and occasionally much more. It was his son’s interaction with stuffed animals, for example, that inspired author A.A. Milne to create Winnie-the-Pooh.