Guest Blogger and Local Author
Today’s guest blogger is local author and Storytime reader, Cheryl Matthynssens. She will be doing Story Time here at Ye Olde Bookshoppe (aka Wenatchee Book Co.), 11 Palouse St. in Wenatchee on the FIRST THURSDAY of every month! Next Story Time is Thursday, October 6th at 1:00 p.m.
I am a firm believer that imagination is a very important part of child development. Fantasy, pretend play and creativity are linked to adult abilities. In this day and age, our children don’t get as much of this. As a parent and now a grandparent, I have always built this into the way I interact with children.
I came across this article, I am quoting a part of it and linking the full article for your use and reading pleasure. It really supports my personal perspective and goes on to explain ways to expand your child’s imagination.
Why imagination matters so much, and how it can influence your children’s development
“According to Sir Ken Robinson who is an expert in learning and children’s education, ‘imagination is the source of all human achievement‘, thus one of the key components of creativity and innovation.
Creativity and problem solving are among the basic skills that everyone is required to have, whether they have to deal with an everyday problem at home or a work related challenge. But to think outside the box and come up with innovative ideas, we need to use our imagination and see things beyond reality.
Imagination is essential in the learning process and can advance cognitive development. Young children often learn about historical events, different cultures or people that they will never meet, and imaginative play is a way for them to discover the world that surrounds them and collect experiences.
Through imaginary games and storytelling children are more likely to adapt learning habits, develop their communication skills and improve their vocabulary. By using their senses and bodies, they can move around and develop their muscles as well as the neurological connections in their brains.”
quote is from http://www.1stplace.uk.com/
This totally supports one of the reasons I have three children’s books out on the market. I love dragons. Most dragons are either kind of a barney type or are way to scary for young children. I wanted to create a line of fantasy reading for young children where the dragons were not frightening. That, and as one of the creators dragonologists.com, I believe in writing dragons as more than feral beasts. I believe in the benefits of escaping to a world where you can pretend magic, fairies, and dragons exist.
My first dragon book was a story my mother created a long while ago. It was a beautiful little tale, but she struggled to make the changes that would appeal to a larger world market. With her permission, I recreated the story. I met Rebecca Hunt about three years ago and she was able to give me a sample of dragons that was exactly what I was looking for to represent my children’s books. Thus, How The Dragons Got Their Colors was born.
Kids Need Fantasy and Creativity in their lives.