Imagination and creativity are integral components of play in children. As we get older, we tend to focus less on imagination and more on reality. That is, until you have children of your own. They plant you right in the middle of a tea party with stuffed animals, take you on a hunt for pirate treasure, or have you swinging from vines inside your living room, avoiding hot lava at all costs. This kind of play is so important and it allows children to think outside of the box and outside of their own reality, an important component of problem solving and creative thinking. One incredibly easy and important way to begin to foster this, is by providing kids with a nutritional breakfast to start the day! In our house, my kids love a cup of milk with chocolate Nesquik with breakfast. As an added bonus, they get some scooping and stirring practice in when they make it themselves 😉
Containing MUCH less sugar than many juices, Nesquik amplifies their meal with iron, vitamins C and B, copper, and manganese to their morning drink, all of which help with growth and development along with a healthy immune system. After a good breakfast, I know they are ready to tackle the day! I’ve even been known to sprinkle it on my oatmeal or my greek yogurt and blueberries…
One way to foster imagination in your children is to create and provide opportunities for the exploration of their imagination when they are young. I’m going to take you through a few of our favorite imaginative activities, and hopefully inspire you do to the same!
An indoor campsite is the perfect way to get kids imagining. You can pretend to go on a bear hunt, fish in a lake, build a fire, roast some s’mores (how good would S’mores with a little bit of this sprinkled on your marshmallow be?!). My kids love the whole process from building a tent to eating goodies and reading books by the light of our play latern. You can see all of our indoor camping activities here.
Sensory bins always provide with great opportunities for imaginative play! I love to see how my kids transform what is in front of them into something new and exciting every time. Some of our favorite sensory bins that inspire imagination and creativity are our indoor sand where my son sat inside the bin, with ‘snow’ raining down on him, belting out ‘Let It Go’, our indoor cranberry bog where my kids pretended to harvest the cranberries in some cool fall weather using a variety of kitchen tools as real harvesting tools, and our ‘Inside Out’ edible water bead bin where we used our imagination to act out and discuss a variety of emotions. By providing your kids with the tools to explore their imagination, you will be delightfully surprised with what they come up with!
Whatever way you choose to inspire creativity and imagination in your children, don’t forget to sprinkle this chocolate powder packed with vitamins and minerals on their breakfast for a treat or stir it into their milk for a delicious beverage. Get your kids thinking, creating, and exploring with Nesquik!