There's nothing quite like the gift of imagination. Not only does it inspire us to try new things and use the right side of our brains but it gives us a happy sense of possibility. When I free my mind up and let it wander, creativity comes radiating out in a way that it doesn't when I'm feeling stressed and pressed for time.
My two boys (ages 8 and almost 13) are very different from each other but they both have very vivid imaginations. For years one of their favorite pastimes has been playing complex imaginary games involving friends, characters in books they've read and all sorts of wild and crazy ideas. And check out this game they invented at my Mom's house using all sorts of stuff they found in her game closet - poker chips, dominoes, dice and yes, some of those classic war figures. It's a very complex game and all about strategy! It may just be make believe but I have no doubt that nurturing my kids imaginations will serve them well later in life.
Are you looking for ways to inspire creativity and imagination in your kids? My new post over at Zenoobi.com covers 5 Ways to Encourage Your Child's Imagination. I'd love it if you would jump over and check it out!