imagination and creativity for children

Exercises of imagination and creativity for children

Games of imagination and creativity for children. Intelligence development of preschool children.

Today we spoke about games of imagination and creativity for children or how to develop children’s intelligence and creativity. So, how to develop creativity? Is important to pretend play for them if we want to have creative kids.

Currently, there are some concepts and new discoveries in psychology and education. Some of them like multiple intelligences or emotional intelligence have become usually. That means many parents and teachers try to have creative kids by mental development and creative development.

Thus we have some examples of types of creative activities. These games use imaginative play in this creative play preschool activities.

 imagination and creativity for children

Creative play activities with imagination and creativity for children could follow these modalities:

Games of accommodation

“Three worlds in one.”

Deployment: We need to give the children three words with no connections. Since this link between them is harder to do, the more interesting are the associations made by children. They need to finish a short text of at least three sentences, which achieve a situation which will include three concepts/meanings of words given.

Example: bee, train, doctor.

Possible answer: A train stopped at a small station. So, a bee comes accidentally in the train on an open window. Then, a doctor, who traveled by train, caught it carefully and gave him way out of the train.

The game is a good example of children’s imagination and creativity for kids.

“An alien on Earth.”

Deployment: To the children explain what is supposed to be an alien (if needed). Then organized a role play based on questions and answers. The game starts with the power of imagination when a child who is an alien, just landed on Earth. For him, everything is unfamiliar and strange. He meets with a group of children Earthlings (other kids). Then ask them things about life on earth, for example.

Possible questions: – Why it rains? When do people eat? Why read the books, kids?  How they dance? And so on.

Answer: “Earthlings” alien answer them, and they immediately ask him a question like, “but on your planet from where water comes? How you live without eating?.” In turn, the role of “alien” come other children.

“Museum of buttons.”

Deployment: We put children to bring a various “collection of buttons.” These buttons are different like large, small, different colors and shapes, simple, unusual. So, like a condition is to expose each button in the “museum” because he had an interesting “life,” and a great history.

Each child chooses a button and imagines his story, from manufacturing up to the gallery. They must say as much detail what they want. For example, whose was as shown coat/clothes were sewing. It was the person who wore, when and how come on the museum.

Descriptions are complete when the child play has a new idea came up during the presentation. Then at the final, the most interesting “stories” is awarded.

The adaptation

“The picture of seasons.”

Deployment: children is asked to paint pictures with various vivid colors of crepe paper.

After they finished original paintings, they have a new task: to adjust the image, with new additions elements. These are to complete a season – autumn, winter, summer, or spring.

About the first requirement – to use more vivid colors – the need to adapt the picture to the winter season is seeking the most creativity. Therefore will try their challenge to adjust the picture multicolored winter season, without his strength.

The exercise will highlight some children ideas surprising as color cover with white paper or by applying flakes and snowmen.

“What would happen if …?”

Deployment: give children one sheet and them supposed to write questions such as:

– What is happen if all cars would disappear suddenly, one day?
– But if everyone would dress the same?
– Or if there would be insects on Earth?
– What is happen if the water would be red?

They extraordinary vision can reveal the children, and the most surprising answers but let to give simple answers.

Imagination and creativity for children with analogy

“What looks like …?”

Deployment: Chose an object to show him to the kids. Then, with no other explanation ask theme with what objects or plants, animals it looks.

Example: show them a thick rope, kept curled.

Possible answers: maybe with a snake, a stream, a train, cat tail, and so on.

“Surprise the spots.”

Deployment: children will receive a task to cover the entire sheet of paper with spots of different colors and sizes. So after completing this task, ask them carefully to look at their work. With a thick pen, give stain shape, so that the work becomes a figurative composition.

The exercise becomes more interesting if the same initial work multiplied the color copier and then given to all kids. Different results then compared, they are a particularly useful stimulant for the development of creative imagination.

“What are the similarities between these two different elements?”

Deployment: for creative thinking kids we will explain to children that they will need to analyze pairs of elements (objects or beings). Then, they have to write what similarities they find to them.

Examples of such pairs: house – kindergarten, cat – mouse, train – tractor, apple – grape, and so on.

Possible answers: house – kindergarten = in them there are children, have walls, doors, windows, protect you from cold, rain, wind, are built by people, etc.

Processual creativity

“The Game of Geometric Figures”

Deployment: Children receive ten geometric figures of the same type, but of different sizes and colors (rounds, squares, triangles, rectangles). With these,  require to create a figurative composition and stick them. The forty figures have to create together a picture inspired by the reality that the child will present, describing it as he has seen. Also, fantasy interpretations are accepted for creative children. Besides accomplishment, more important are the child’s explanations, which can reveal a particular way of interpreting the world.

“On the trip.”

Deployment: The children listen to a chirping record of the walkways, the spring drift and, if possible, the haze of leaves moving from the wind. Ask them to imagine a trip. At one point, they saw something that either liked them a lot or scared them and told the others.

In this exercises of imagination and creativity for children, auditory elements come very much in support of them. That because imagining situations on a given topic. It is also possible to imagine a train trip, listening to a recording of the sounds produced by it, and so on.

“A world of silence.”

Deployment: For ten minutes, children are asked to write large with a tool that writes thick, on large sheets, how many objects/beings do never produce sounds/noises to hear.

Possible answers: up to, snowflake, hair, a dandelion puff, a piece of cotton, an ant, a rose, smoke, etc.

Exposing the sheets to everyone. Then from the given examples, they will compose a brief description of the world in which nobody and nothing makes sounds.

 imagination and creativity for children

Game of imagination and creativity for children with the change

“The same figure in other faces” or “Change shape, but do not lose anything!”

Deployment: Give the children a portrait cut in several pieces and ask them to restore it in a way other than the original one. Then, they create a new image of an animal, plant, or object. Insist on avoiding the restoration of the picture, but only on the creation of a new, however impressive, result.

“What can we do from …?”

This kind of creativity exercises is getting more and more use in schools. For good environmental education, children give them attractive recycling tasks for more or less reusable materials.

Such exercises are: How can we re-use tin cans? Or what can we do nicely from plastic bottles?

Possible examples: metal cans can hold crayons, button box, musical toys. And plastic bottles used as beautiful dolls, snowmen, flower pots.

“Anything can be different or something …”

Deployment: Exercise takes place on various orientations of creativity, channeled through suggestions/questions such as:

– Give another use of a piece of cloth, box, tube, and so on.
– Give another color, shape, object size
– What other changes you can do them?

Exercises of imagination and creativity for children with association

“Different but similar things.”

Deployment: Each child receives a drawing block sheet, divided horizontally into four equal parts. On each column, is drawn at the top in the following order: a large circle, a large square, a circle much smaller than the first one, and a square also much lower than the first one.

The requirement is to draw as many objects or beings as possible. They must make a corresponding record of the attributes: “round, large,” “rectangle, big,” “round, small,” “small square.”

Possible answers:

– large circle – the sun, a balloon, a ball;
– large rectangle – a house, a block, truck, some wagons;
– small circle – bead necklace, buttons, snowflakes;
– small square – boxes, camera, candy, and so on.

Imagination and creativity for children trough to the use

“What can you do with …?”

Deployment: children are asked to list as many “unusual” uses as possible for different objects.

Example: “What can you do with a nail? ”

Possible answers: to write on a stone, unhook a knot, warm it up and then hold it in my hands when it’s cold, I put it on a book, put it in a museum, play with him on the guitar, and so on.  This example of the game is excellent for creative play preschool and kids creative.

“What can not be …?”

Deployment: Children are asked to say what can not be an object, for example, “What can not be a hat?”.

The exercise resembles the first described above but is more accessible. If kids answer to more questions than you obtain in a much shorter time the answers. From all the answer make a selection of the most surprising answer. Then ask others children wich one not “cross their head.” And for that require a very creative imagination.

Example: a hat can not be a mirror, sun, shoes, bread.

“What do you know how to do with …?”

Deployment: in the form of questions asked by an adult and real or fancy solutions given by children.


– What do you know to do with a piece of red cloth in the shape of a triangle? (flag, tablecloth, towel, scarf, a bandage for a wound, a mask, and so on.)
– What can you do with a case from an old TV? (A chair, a cabinet, a stage for a mini puppet theater, a shelf for the shoes, bring to the museum, and so on.)
– What do you know to do with twenty beans? (A necklace for a doll, collage, to plant them, send them into the cosmos, and so on.)

“What has not happened yet?”

The exercise, with imaginative play seemingly simple. The game requires the creativity of thinking by knowing and eliminating the real, replacing with the fantasies between fairy tale and reality.

Deployment: Tell the children a word. They automatically seek to create a situation by which to assign objects/beings of other objects/beings. With their help, they do something that “has not happened.”

Example: Bear

Possible answer: “Bear flies, taking a race with a plane. The bear won the race. ”

We try with this examples and games to stimulate imagination and creativity for children.


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