Most typical children naturally love to pretend play and intuitively use their imaginations at a relatively early age. We see this the strongest in normal development around 3-6 years of age. A child may pick up a toy car and “pretend” it is driving up and down the furniture. He may joyfully make sounds to indicate the car’s speed and motor. As the child becomes more mature and develops relationships in the world, he might race the car and tell us a story about who is in the car, where they are going and other details. Children learn about their world through play and then are able to develop healthy imaginations.
Develop Skills with Creative Therapies
Children with various isms very often have challenges in developing healthy imaginations as well as engaging in purposeful or imaginative play. This, in addition to communication and socialization, is an area that can be helped with creative therapies. By engaging the child creatively and meeting them where they are, we can bring out their own interests and help them develop these skills in fun ways.
Make Puppets – Combining Art & Play
Puppet making is a great activity that combines art and play together! There are very simple ways to make puppets that can be executed by artists and novices alike. There are even special puppet kits that will allow your child to make a number of different puppets. Or you can get more specific and make a specific type of puppet, such as paper bag puppets, sock puppets, finger puppets, stick puppets, foam puppets, or monster puppets, to name a few.
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