OUR IMAGINATIVE PLAY AREAS
At Tiny Xplorers, children have the opportunity to engage in experiential learning in one of our 8 imaginative play areas.
Each imaginative play area provides young children with critical learning experiences that engage their minds, hearts, and bodies while promoting parent-child interactions for improved gross motor skills, peer group leadership, and cognitive development.
At the imaginative play areas, children will be able to tap into their innate curiosity about the living world through exploration and inquiry. Imaginative play happens when children use their imagination to create pretend and make-believe scenarios. According to Kathy Eugster, a clinical counselor and certified play specialist, imaginative and creative play is a more natural way for children to learn about the world.
We nurture children’s curiosity by allowing them to engage in a world that promotes learning science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and art (STEAM).
Learning Benefits of Imaginative Play
It provides children with opportunities to identify with the adult world.
Practice and role play their understanding and interpretation of their own experiences.
Emotional development: Understanding and expressing their feelings through the re-enactment of certain experiences. Taking on roles that encourage discipline and empathy.
Develop social skills and negotiation such as: practicing, taking turns, and sharing. It also allows children opportunities for working out problems and experimenting with solutions.
Encourages imagination: Children can be anyone and do anything in the pretend world.
Develop language skills: practicing listening, looking and talking. Being spoken to and talking with other people, also developing an understanding of what is being communicated through body language; such as smiles and nodding.
Engaging in pretend play, especially role-playing, helps kids learn and develop important life skills