We know how important all that dress-up and pretend play is to our little one's development. We know it's an essential part of the "work" of childhood. We've peeked into what's really afoot when these little darlings play with their dolls and their action figures. We've wandered into the whimsy of fairies and pixies and sprites.
But we parents, what about us? Far too many of us say we're not creative. Something about being grown-ups makes us feel far from the ease of a flight of imagination.
The ever clever Ginger Carlson offers a whole volume of good ideas on how to open our own minds and foster imagination in our children as a result. She inspires us to ask more open-ended questions, to explore the delights of "yes days," to re-learn how to look.
And as with all things, imagination comes with doing. Start with one of our great Savvy activities specially designed by parents for parents -- and let the creativity fly, for all of you!
And for the entire set of Savvy activities designed to engage your little one's imagination (and your own!), don't miss these!
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