Encouraging kids to experience make-believe stories is essential for their development, specially before school age. It is common that children use this symbolic game to interpret and ressignify their world and reality. Through playing, kids can express what they feel and replicate things from their reality, like family experiences.
For example, by pretending to run a school and playing the teacher role, your kid can replicate what goes on inside the classroom, expressing what is most remarking in their experience.
Aso, in a make-believe game, kids can play the role of their favorite heroes and can expose dilemmas and conflicts they experience with their friends or family. Through imagination games, kids can analyse and internalize situations they experience as well as feelings and emotions.
Kids must learn to also play without the need of toys!
Now that you are aware of the importance of imagination games for the emotional and cognitive development of children, how about we propose something fun for you and your kids?
Here is a step-by-step guide to create a popsicle stick theater in which both you and your kids can use your imagination and creativity to talk about any issue!
- Print the Lupi Club characters below, cut where indicated, and stick each one of them to a popsicle stick or to a pencil;
- Cut a cardboard box in a way that resembles a theater stage or a TV;
- Use the Lupi Club characters to tell a story based in any story or song from the show. You can watch a few of them on YouTube or all of them on the PlayKids App;
- Now it’s your turn! Ask your kid to tell a story using these characters;
- To encourage problem-solving skills through make-believe and role playing, you can also create specific themes, such as a day in school, sharing with siblings, or even complex-to-handle emotions like fear.
Print and cut the characters below: