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There are many different techniques and methods that parents can use to make sure that their children develop admirable strengths in the mental and imaginative fields. It is not really that tough to develop imagination in children- they already have abundance of it, but there are certain ways in which one can harness it. There are some mind stimulating games for children that can certainly develop their intelligence and they are certainly easy to access and play as well.
Parents are always interested in increasing the efficiency and the intelligence of their children. Schooling, of course, is important, but off late there has been an increasing preference among parents to choose the more offbeat ways of teaching children certain things. And of course, if you want to develop your child’s mind or imagination, you are not going to be able to do that with the help of textbooks and teachers in schools. So, here is a list of new methods through which people can find their child’s knowledge, mind skills and imagination increasing over a short period of time.
A lot of children would rather play games that rely on books to get their knowledge. In such a situation, it is important for parents to provide some games that would develop reasoning in the children. There are a lot of imaginative games for children and the best part is the fact that they are not really that expensive. Here are a few games you would certainly be able to work with:
1. Mastermind for Kids: Mastermind is a code cracking game that will keep the children occupied for a long period of time, utilizing all the reasoning and logical powers their brains have. The kids version of the game comes with animals, and there are three levels. There is also a scoring board and a reasoning to the scoring, so that the children can also develop a sense of competition about the same. This game can be really handy to develop reasoning in children.
2. Stratego: Stratego is a game that is for the little older children. It is a game that is like Capture the Flag. There would be two teams, filled with soldiers and the two people playing the game have to strategize to make sure that they capture the flag of their opponent. This game can build strategic thinking, quick thinking and certainly improve logical thinking among children as well.
3. Chess: Chess has always been the intellectual’s favourite because of the difficulty levels. Chess games between two children might not be that complicated or strategic, but they will certainly learn over a long period of time. It has also been found out that children and people who play chess do have a better problem solving capacity and are more efficient with their work in real life.
4. Checkers: Chinese Checkers is also a really old game that plays on children’s visual skills and their memory and focus as well. The game of droughts is won when one person manages to advance their pieces to the other end of the board, where they will be crowned. Hence, this is a game that can build strategy and logical thinking among children as well.
5. 20 questions: 20 questions, essentially, is not really a game that can only make children more reasonable, it is a game for adults too. The game itself is quite simple. One person thinks of a person or an object and the other gets 20 questions to figure out what the person o the object is. However, the first person’s response to all the 20 questions can only be “yes” or “no”.
6. 20 questions can be really helpful for children in the sense that it does not only improve their knowledge about a lot of things in life, it also improves their memory. It can enhance their problem solving ability, quick thinking and also make them more active when they get to school because they will not be scared of asking any questions.
7. Tic- Tac- Toe: Who knew that the game that people play to kill time in class could actually make children more reasonable, eh? Tic- Tac- Toe is a small, watered down version of chess. It can also help in strategizing and reasoning. The best part of tic- tac- toe being so small is the fact that now, children would also learn how to look at the small details and not just the big ones.
8. Paperless Tic- Tac- Toe: If your child has already mastered tic- tac- toe and you are still looking to develop imagination in your children, opt for the paperless version of tic tac toe. Assign a number to each box in the game, show it to your child and then make him/her visualize it in their mind. Then place the mark in the numbered box where s/he wants it to be marked. This makes the classic game of tic- tac much tougher because the numbered boxes will not be in sequence and the child won’t be seeing the box and they will be functioning right from their memory.
This can really help promote their memory and visualization of things that they have seen. It can also promote the habit of paying attention to details, which is an important talent that children must learn.
9. Writing poetry: Most people do not pay any attention to the writing skills of their children, which can actually be quite harmful if they want to foster children’s imagination. Writing poetry will not just improve the child’s handle on the language, it can also provide the child with a channel to utilize its creative energy as well.
You can’t really just seat a child down and ask it to write a poem immediately. So, you can just play a game where you ask the child to pick one emotion, then pick four words randomly from a child’s dictionary or the newspaper. Then, you can ask the child to make a poem that would have all these four words. Before you start off with this task, make sure that the child knows the meanings of all the words.
10. Read a book out, make them imagine the picture: When we say “read a book out” to the children, we still mean a child’s book. It might be with pictures or without pictures, it does not matter, but you just have to make sure that the chid has never seen the book himself or herself. So, read a passage or a page out of the book and make the child describe the scene as he/she sees it in their head. Ask them to describe the colours, the clothes, the noises, the smell, everything. The more senses they use, the better it would be.
While reading a book with pictures would enhance the child’s understanding of how different things look and how they would be placed, it does not really let them use a lot of their own imagination. So, in order to enhance children’s imagination, you can just make them imagine the whole scene and describe it themselves.
11. Storytelling: Children love talking and they are always brimming with stories that they are always willing to share. Read a few stories of your own to the children- make sure they are really simple ones (like Humpty Dumpty) and once you are done, make they retell a similar story, but with their own twists. Ask them to use the items lying around in the room and use it to tell their story as well.
For older kids, you can make this activity a little tougher by making them demonstrate abstract ideas with the help of items or illustrations in the room.
12. Find the word: Take a newspaper and pick a particular letter of the alphabet. Give your child some time- like 2 minutes or even 5 and ask them to circle all the occurrences of that letter in the newspaper. If there are two or more children, you can make it a competition between them! This game helps the children’s concentration, attention for details and also helps them focus on improving their reading speed and the accuracy with which they pick up words.