5 ways to spark your kids imagination with toys!

Many parents often have concerns that their child gets bored with a toy. Also that the kids don’t play with the same toys after a week or fortnight. As a result, most of the toys just end up lying in the storage or some corner the whole time. Though shuffling toys might seem a feasible option, there is something very obvious too. Do you know that even simple toys may give them numerous learnings? Making their playtime a fun activity can really help spark imagination in kids with toys they may have ignored sometime back. 

Spark Imagination with toys
Each toy may have a new story every time

1. Show your enthusiasm when you join them

We expect our kids to play independently however it’s natural for them to get bored, after some time during their play. So, bring out the inner child in you and spent some quality time with them. Talk about which toy they are playing, what stories they are creating around the toy and how excited you are to listen to their stories.

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Talk more, show them you are interested.

 

2. Make your own Game to spark imagination 

Open-ended toys don’t require instructions on how to play. It’s all your child’s creativity and imagination that can do wonders. Indulge in creative play with your child and make a fun game out of it. This will help them use their imagination and evolve with some independent pretend-play too.

 

3. Initiate Role-plays and give them the lead

A right play is an important work for a child. So, when they invite you to join in their pretend play and ask “Would you like some tea”, with full joyous and enthusiasm reply ” Sure, Little Chef”. If they are busy in their block play, don’t force them to make this or that. Just sit and ask about what they are building.

Also Read: The Importance of Right Play in a Child’s Development

4. Make learning easy with real-life experiences 

Make learning encouraging for the kids by providing real-life experiences, wherever and whenever possible. Activity around the toy would be great like this and add fun to their play. For instance, we saw a cargo van loading some cargoes with a ramp, so we tried doing the same with our trucks toys. 

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Simple toys may also add a lot of learning

Also Read: How Simple Toys may help your child learn

 

5. Stories always fascinate a child

kids are always interested in stories, as they fascinate their young minds.  So, during a creative play with open-ended toys, guide him to build theirs in own story around the toy. We at time replicate a story we read in a book or we cook up something on our own. Words like “Look it’s a jungle” or “This looks like a castle” will push them to think more and give wings to their imagination.

Also Read: Best gifts you may give to your child 

Children just want to have fun! Give them some educational toys and see how it spark imagination in kids with toys. With guidance and some encouragement, you can definitely help your child enjoy endless hours of imaginative play. 

 

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114 thoughts on “5 ways to spark your kids imagination with toys!

  • April 19, 2020 at 6:32 PM
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    Buying games for your children is a better option because kids shows their interest in games rather than playing with toys.

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  • November 27, 2019 at 4:27 PM
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    Toys can be a great way to kickstart your child’s play and support your child’s development. But your child might not need as many toys as you think.

    The best toys for children are ‘open-ended’. These are the toys that your child can use in lots of different ways. They encourage your child to use her imagination, creativity, and problem-solving skills.

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  • September 17, 2019 at 3:29 PM
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    Very practical tips not just for toddlers but also my tween. Thanks for writing, Gunjan!

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  • September 17, 2019 at 12:07 AM
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    I like it because i love more my kids than others.

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  • September 13, 2019 at 2:20 AM
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    These are some practical tips to improve the imagination skills in the toddlers and kids. They need a lot of motivation and support to be more creative.

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  • September 12, 2019 at 10:38 AM
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    Am a super fan of role plays & stories…. They spark kid’s imagination like no other toy and the best thing about them is they can be olayed anytime and anywhere…

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  • September 11, 2019 at 11:08 PM
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    very well explained, toys are a entry world for kids where they can get creative and learn so much

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  • September 11, 2019 at 12:33 PM
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    Practical, Logical and Sensible. This is what I need to say about your tips as a parent myself.
    My girls have grown to the age where they don’t need my involvement physically but as a parent I always keep myself around whenever they play with their toys because somewhere or the other, they always need guidance from us. I also believe that what they play and how they play with their toys is one of the bases for their developing personality.

    #readbypreetispanorama

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  • September 11, 2019 at 2:41 AM
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    Great tips Gunjan and I am sure these all are great options to raise our kids imagination power. personally, story telling is my most favouite way, and it works always great with kids. #Surbhireads #MyfriendAlexa

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  • September 10, 2019 at 10:36 PM
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    Agree with you toys play a very important role in kids development and when you are playing with your kids encourages them, I am so happy to see Adya explore new ways to play with same toy

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    • September 10, 2019 at 7:31 PM
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      Thank You Peter for dropping by and leaving a comment. Really appreciate it!

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  • September 10, 2019 at 3:48 PM
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    All the [pointers in the post are well crafted and yes I completely agree that story telling and role plays make child more attentive towards game.

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    • September 10, 2019 at 7:33 PM
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      Thank You Sonia for dropping by and leaving a comment. Really appreciate it!

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  • September 10, 2019 at 8:30 AM
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    I read, heard many times that storytelling is the best way of teaching , not only kid but also adults would like it . Great tips

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    • September 10, 2019 at 9:44 AM
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      Exactly, it is so hard to keep their attention levels high otherwise. Thank you Rajesh

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  • September 10, 2019 at 7:32 AM
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    You always provide awesome and helpful information for the kids.

    Awesome tips

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  • September 10, 2019 at 7:06 AM
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    Very nice post, always tried to keep my kids away from screen & gadget. I give them some interesting task to completes it within a time limit, any paper game or something else, or I play some games with them like scrabble, sequence etc.

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  • September 10, 2019 at 7:04 AM
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    We also do a lot of this stuff. Pretend and play and Definitely an excited tone matters a lot

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  • September 10, 2019 at 12:12 AM
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    Great tips! For kids, every toy becomes interesting if we bring some surprise and some wow element. They enjoy the lamest of toys too, this way.

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    • September 10, 2019 at 12:36 AM
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      So true, its easier that way. Thank you!

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  • September 9, 2019 at 11:14 PM
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    Some lovely pointers for all the new parents how they can involve themselves with their kids and their toys and make them engaging.
    #ContemplationOfaJoker #Jokerophilia #MyFriendAlexa

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    • September 10, 2019 at 12:37 AM
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      Thank you Manas!

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  • September 9, 2019 at 10:59 PM
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    Pretend play and book reading, these are best two activities liked by my daughter

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  • September 9, 2019 at 9:28 PM
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    Such toys are quite engaging and very interesting for toddlers and kids. I remember having such lovely engaging toys for Kavya when she was growing up.

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    • September 10, 2019 at 12:40 AM
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      Yes Dipika, All open-ended toys could be used to engage with kids. I am talking about how to keep the interest of kids in (any) toy for longer.

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  • September 9, 2019 at 11:58 AM
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    Awesome blog post, Gunjan. I totally agree with your words that the parents has to show more enthusiasm in front of the kids to make them involved. I feel the same when I play with my kids. I have to be more participative than them. 😀

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  • September 9, 2019 at 1:51 AM
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    These are some really valuable tips and Tuggu seems enjoying them a lot. Will try them out for sure

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  • September 8, 2019 at 11:08 PM
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    Quite useful tips Gunjan…for all the parents… And

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  • September 8, 2019 at 9:47 PM
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    Stories are the best way to engage kids during play time. I do the same with my cousins 🙂
    This was super informative post!
    #MyFriendAlexa #vigorousreads

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  • September 8, 2019 at 9:37 PM
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    Only adding stories and your real life experiences make the game more interesting and challenging for every child

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  • September 8, 2019 at 5:41 PM
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    I loved how you simplified things for us to do to spark our children imagination ;all the pointers mentioned , really seem to work in the right direction ; gotta keep in mind.good read.

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  • September 8, 2019 at 3:10 PM
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    These are really some great n effective tips. And we also go by some these tricks.

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    • September 8, 2019 at 10:42 AM
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      True that! Thank you for dropping by and taking the time to read.

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    • September 8, 2019 at 10:43 AM
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      Thank you, appreciate your time to read and comment.

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  • September 8, 2019 at 5:45 AM
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    My son wouldn’t play if I don’t get involved with him. He wants my complete attention when I’m with him. Attebtion is definitely required with these little ones. Thanks for sharing this. #MyFriendAlexa #CloudandSunshineReads

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    • September 8, 2019 at 10:45 AM
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      Agree, kids understand the attention so well. Plus they may also need some guidance/partner to play with.

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  • September 8, 2019 at 3:09 AM
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    Great ideas to keep the child away from screen. Highly appreciated

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    • September 8, 2019 at 10:46 AM
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      Thank you so much, we cant vanish screens, but a better mix of screen and free play is a must. Than you for dropping by and taking the time to read.

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    • September 8, 2019 at 10:46 AM
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      Thank you so much, we cant vanish screens, but a better mix of screen and free play is a must. Than you for dropping by and taking the time to read.

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  • September 8, 2019 at 1:01 AM
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    Everytime I read your article I get a full load of fresh perspective. Great pointers for getting personally involved and being creative with kids and using simple toys . #damurureads #myfriendalexa

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    • September 8, 2019 at 10:49 AM
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      Thank you so much for such nice words, I appreciate your time to read and comment.

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    • September 8, 2019 at 10:49 AM
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      True That! Thank you for dropping by and taking the time to read.

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  • September 7, 2019 at 11:30 PM
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    These days the toys have been so upgraded that learn a lot while playing with it. The subscription box of toys are also great. And yes you are stories always fascinate children. So these tips are really good

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    • September 8, 2019 at 10:52 AM
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      You are so true here. Subscriptions boxes make like so much easier for busy parents. Also, the practical/mode approach is so much better. Thank you for dropping by and taking the time to read and share your thoughts. Really appreciate it!

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  • September 7, 2019 at 11:08 PM
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    Hi Gunjan, nice pointers mentioned by you and i liked the way you summed up your post. Kids definitely learn the fun way and for them toys are fun only when they enjoy it with a good company. If we can be paly mates to the kids and match their enthusiasm and excitement, then learning is going to be more holistic and well-rounded.

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    • September 8, 2019 at 10:54 AM
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      Hi Narinder, Glad you liked it. Kids need a lot of nurturing especially in the young age and being a playmate can help multiple folds. Thank you for dropping by and taking the time to read and share your thoughts. Really appreciate it!

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  • September 7, 2019 at 11:00 PM
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    I do not have a child of my own, hence I have no idea why modern parents let their child be engrossed in gadgets all the time these days… when I remember that we had a limit of one our of TV on weekends and no tv on weekdays (only gadget of our times) rule in place while growing up.
    Sharing this with hope that it helps those who are looking for ways to actually engage their child.

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    • September 8, 2019 at 10:55 AM
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      Screens so so much around us today that we can’t ignore or vanish, but I believe an optiomal mix is important. Thank you for dropping by and taking the time to read and share your thoughts. Really appreciate it!

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  • September 7, 2019 at 10:50 PM
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    I am so glad to see that you are curtailing screen time.I know it is tough but it has to be done and u have to lead by example. Toys can be educational like blocks and puzzles.All the best.
    #wordsmithkaurreads #BlogChatter #MyFriendAlexa

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    • September 8, 2019 at 10:57 AM
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      Absolutely, there are a lot of educational and open-ended toys available in market today including the traditional blocks and puzzles. we just need to spark their imagination to try new things. Thank you for dropping by and taking the time to read and share your thoughts. Really appreciate it!

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  • September 7, 2019 at 10:40 PM
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    Such a beautiful post about keeping kids interested and engaged in toys. I too do a lot pf pretend play with my kids and its a lot of fun.

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    • September 8, 2019 at 10:57 AM
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      Thank you for dropping by and taking the time to read and share your thoughts. Really appreciate it!

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  • September 7, 2019 at 10:20 PM
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    These are some wonderful tips and I absolutely agree with you. I have a three year old son. We love to do pretend plays! u rightly said, we have to enthusiastic in order to make them excited about an activity.

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    • September 8, 2019 at 10:59 AM
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      Awesome, pretend play is real fun. We too enjoy playing different roles. Thank you for dropping by and taking the time to read and share your thoughts. Really appreciate it!

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  • September 7, 2019 at 10:19 PM
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    You are so right. These days when I see parents and kids busy on their individual phones and tablets, it kind of upsets me. It is so important to be a part of the kid’s life.

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    • September 8, 2019 at 11:01 AM
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      I know! My son too loves videos and knows how to find them on our phone. but we try to maintain the right mix. I believe everything is important for cohesive learning. Thank you for dropping by and taking the time to read and share your thoughts. Really appreciate it!

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  • September 7, 2019 at 10:13 PM
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    Indoor games like puzzles or chess can really help a kid build their mind game. Giving kids time is also very essential in this time of rushed life

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    • September 8, 2019 at 11:03 AM
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      Agree, chess and all works well on a little older kinds, but keeping young toddlers who are full of energy at one place for long is also a task in its own. They need a lot of support physically and emotionally to get involved and not get bored often. Thank you for dropping by and taking the time to read and share your thoughts. Really appreciate it!

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  • September 7, 2019 at 9:56 PM
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    These are some really good ways for parents to indulge with toddlers and kids. Also, it’s important to indulge wholeheartedly in activities we involve in with our kids.

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    • September 8, 2019 at 11:04 AM
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      I second that! Thank you so much Rohan for dropping by and taking the time to read and share your thoughts. Really appreciate it!

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  • September 7, 2019 at 9:40 PM
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    This is such a a lovely post. Sharing with mom’s who definitely could use a few new ideas.

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    • September 8, 2019 at 11:04 AM
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      Thank you so much Doc! Coming from you means a lot. Thank you for dropping by and taking the time to read and share your thoughts. Really appreciate it!

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    • September 8, 2019 at 11:06 AM
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      Thank you for dropping by!

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  • September 7, 2019 at 6:04 PM
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    I agree on that we as parents have to be fully involved with them wise they also don’t enjoy.

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    • September 8, 2019 at 11:11 AM
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      True, kids these days understand when we are attentive to them or not. Also, this is the age when they need to absorb so much. Thank you for dropping by and taking the time to read and share your thoughts. Really appreciate it!

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  • September 7, 2019 at 5:57 PM
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    Its a very good post. Some of these points, I already use with my kid. You have mentioned some very good ideas through this post. I liked your post.

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    • September 8, 2019 at 11:12 AM
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      Thank you so much Vidhi for such kind words. Appreciate you for dropping by and taking the time to read and share your thoughts.

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  • September 7, 2019 at 5:31 PM
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    Very nice post much needed when you are trying hard to keep your child away from gadgets world.It takes a lot of energy to get involve with them in their play, as a mother even I am struggling with these issues on daily basis, but one thing about my son saved me many times, he is very fond of books and I love to record his videos of book reviews same with lego games he loves to explain and I love to record him and it gives him celebrity feeling and keep him motivated to do more and more.

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    • September 8, 2019 at 11:15 AM
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      You got me so right, it does drain me out after a while. I just take a small break, inhale, exhale, or make a quick call to friends or family and it recharges me again. We too love books and it helps us make up our own bedtime stories too. Thank you for dropping by and taking the time to read and share your thoughts. Really appreciate it!

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  • September 7, 2019 at 5:28 PM
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    True that Gunjan. Right and age appropriate Toys do have power to spark imagination in kids.

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    • September 8, 2019 at 11:15 AM
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      Thank you Pragnya

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  • September 7, 2019 at 4:53 PM
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    Lovely post!! Really helpful!! Thank you for the tips. I am sure these will be enjoyed both by me and my daughter.

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    • September 8, 2019 at 11:16 AM
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      Glad this helps, Thank you for dropping by and taking the time to read and share your thoughts. Really appreciate it!

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  • September 7, 2019 at 4:50 PM
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    I really loved the way you have shared perfect games to engage kids and enhance their imaginations…Thanks for sharing!!

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    • September 8, 2019 at 11:17 AM
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      Not exactly games, but these activities could be enough to keep them engaged for long.

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  • September 7, 2019 at 4:40 PM
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    This looks like a good try to keep kids away from phone addiction. I always used to wonder why are kids getting so easily hooked to ipads and phones and parents are not even concerned. Now a days kids dont go out and play at all. Its time that we elders try to make them realize what they are missing out and take initiative too to help them. Amazing post.

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    • September 8, 2019 at 11:56 AM
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      True, but that’s our fault, isn’t it? As a parent, we have to tell the, what is right for them. Thank you for dropping by and taking the time to read and share your thoughts. Really appreciate it!

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  • September 7, 2019 at 3:55 PM
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    Wow some mind boggling tips. Unique ideas to make your child learn while playing with toys. I recommend every mother of a toddler read this post!

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    • September 8, 2019 at 11:58 AM
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      You made my day Srishti. Thank you so much for dropping by and taking the time to read and share your thoughts. Really appreciate it!

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  • September 7, 2019 at 1:47 PM
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    These are such great tips to involve kids in Games. Lovely post for moms

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  • September 7, 2019 at 1:37 PM
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    An extremely useful post for new mothers who are looking for resources to keep their child engaged. I love the way you have structured the article. Keep writing such interesting posts. #MyFriendAlexa #DiaryOfAnInsaneWriter

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  • September 7, 2019 at 1:32 PM
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    Need to show enthusiasm and join them in play. I actually love to watch children creatively play.

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  • September 7, 2019 at 1:30 PM
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    What a wonderfully creative post. Though I’m past this stage now, I do hope I had engaged this well with my children. Awesome!

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  • September 7, 2019 at 1:27 PM
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    Absolutely…toys lose charm the moment they are out of their package. It is essential that we join them during the playtime and host of other things as you have rightly put across. Nice Post!

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  • September 7, 2019 at 1:20 PM
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    That was a real informative article. I still sit down with my 7 year old boy to play daily

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  • September 7, 2019 at 1:12 PM
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    These are very valid tips and easy to follow as well. Thanks for sharing this comprehensive list and I shall keep them in mind. Especially story telling part is so true!

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  • September 7, 2019 at 1:02 PM
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    Oohh I need to learn this, kids are great at imagination and many parents struggle to play along #millennialscribbler

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  • September 7, 2019 at 12:03 PM
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    Nice post. I just loved the way you arranged your article. Really very well written post.

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  • September 7, 2019 at 11:07 AM
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    oh yes! this is true and interesting! Can’t wait to try all these with my nephew

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  • September 7, 2019 at 10:51 AM
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    Good tips to enhance creativity in kids. Thanks for sharing.

    #MyFriendAlexa
    #AditiReads
    aditikapur.com

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  • September 7, 2019 at 10:50 AM
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    These are all valuable tips Gunjan. I particularly liked the one about storytelling.

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  • September 7, 2019 at 10:29 AM
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    These were valuable insights on making playtime fun as well as a learning and bonding exercise. Just buying state of the art, most expensive toys and gizmos doesn’t make it good. You need to spend quality time with the child for the toys to make sense. Very informative post!

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  • September 7, 2019 at 9:17 AM
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    It is the human nature that we are easily able to learn anything through real life experiences. And kids are not mature enough to learn by hard working so it is the best way to give them a proper knowledge by real experiences.

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  • September 7, 2019 at 8:47 AM
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    Great tips in here. My daughter loves stories and has made her own little imaginary world based on the many stories we have read and shared together. #MyFriendAlexa #ShubhraReads

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  • September 7, 2019 at 6:25 AM
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    Yes toys are integral part of childhood development, well written well researched.

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  • September 6, 2019 at 11:42 PM
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    Those are some great ideas. I have tried out a few with my cousins and my friends’ kids. Reading stories sound like the best part, for me , at least. When I have kids of my own, I’m going to be reading them a lot of stories. I am a bibliophile after all!

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  • September 6, 2019 at 8:30 PM
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    Would like to ‘like’ this post but the button isn’t working 🙁

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  • September 6, 2019 at 6:30 PM
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    Yes, kids love to play with their parents and as parents, however busy we are, we should never deny that playtime with kids. That helps in more than one ways.

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