Crafts and Activities to Spark Their Imagination
don’t really have to use their imaginations. They have toys,
television and games that will do it for them. This doesn’t mean
that the imagination is not necessary to learn. It is very
important. Helping preschoolers learn to use their imagination can
be fun for all concerned.
Using their imagination is crucial for a child’s livelihood. Giving them the
help they need to use that imagination and learn is very important. Use your
own imagination to come up with ways to help children learn and experience
their own world of imaginative thinking.
Dancing, Lets Get Up and Move!
Even the youngest of children love to dance. So let’s
get up and move and boost their confidence in the meantime!
Pick a children’s song such as I’m a little Teacup or
Pop Goes the Weasel. Make sure you have a recording of this song so it can
be played to the entire class in order to learn a dance to it.
Separate the class into groups of four. The teacher
may want to make certain there is one good “mover and shaker” in each
group. Have each group pick a choreographer to teach the other three in the
group a dance to go with the song. Make sure you give each group ample time
to learn the steps to the dance. Once every group learns their dance, each
group will stand up in front of the class and perform their dance to the
If one group has really learned their dance well, you
can have that group teach the entire class the dance. Then have them
perform for parents or other classes. This will create a huge amount of fun
and laughter for all involved.
What Pops A Balloon?
Scientific experiments don’t have to be limited to
older children. Here is a great experiment for your younger learners that
will promote questions and have them thinking outside the box.
Inflate six balloons with equal amounts of air and
similar size. The instruments you will need are: a paper clip and an
unfolded paper clip; a flat, blunt ended tooth pick and a round, pointed end
tooth pick; a newly sharpened pencil and a new unsharpened pencil. Making
three groups, place one balloon behind each set of instruments on a table in
front of the students. As to not harm the students with sharps, the teacher
will conduct the experiment with instructions from the students.
Ask the students as a group which tooth pick they think
will pop the balloon, the pointed or blunt ended? If the majority of
students say the blunt, use that tooth pick to attempt to pop the balloon.
If the balloon pops, lay the remnants of the balloon behind the tooth picks,
if it does not, replace the inflated balloon. Repeat this action for the
balloon behind each of the next two sets of instruments.
Based on what happened in the first portion of the
experiment, ask the students for three suggestions of items in the room.
Use those suggestions to attempt to pop the remaining three balloons.
For any scientific experiment you must come up with a
conclusion. Ask the students what caused the balloons to pop? Why did one
pop and not the other? See if they can come up with the conclusion to the
experiment. You may find you have that scientist in the making.
Creating Origami Party Hats
Dressing up is fun and hats are a way to express how
much of an individual you are.
Provide each student with a brown paper sack. The size
of sack will be determined by their ages, it will need to fit on their heads
as a hat. You may need to use a hole punch and yarn to form a drawstring in
the folded band. This will tighten the hat to avoid having the sack fall
over their eyes and obstructing vision.
Explain that Origami is a form of art preformed by
folding paper. By using your own sack, show the students how to open the
sack as if they were putting something in it. Turn down the top of the sack
twice to form a band. Then close the sack and lay it on the table flat with
the flap that forms the bottom of the sack facing up. Fold each top corner
of the sack down to the center of the flap to form a sort of flat ended
triangle. Turn the sacks over so that the flap will be the back of the hat.
Provide glue sticks, scraps of colored paper, cloth,
yarn, crayons, magazine pictures or any item that can be used to decorate
their hats. Give them ideas like funny things that stand up on top, pretty
colors, or floppy dangles. Have the students decorate their hats in any
fashion they like. Let them be creative and individuals.
Having this Origami activity prior to snack time will
turn a normal snack time into a hat party they will remember.
Play in general can help with imagination. Come up with different scenarios
where the kids can act out different people or animals. Have a play in
which the children can be different people. Maybe try having a play where
hand puppets are involved. This is a great way for children to use their
Arts & Crafts
Arts and crafts are also a way to allow children to use their imagination.
Do crafts that are decorated with colorful items. Let them color, use
ribbons, pompoms, glitter glue and even stickers to decorate their crafts to
their wildest dreams.
The Story Teller Game
You begin the story. Make it wild and crazy to help the kids understand
what it you are looking for. Then allow each child to add a little as you
go around the room. Before you know it there will be a work of fiction in
Take children outside and let them use their imaginations. Show them the
wonders of nature and then let them talk about how they may live, what they
may be thinking or how their lives compare the human life.