“Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.
Imagination is essential in the learning process and can advance cognitive development. Young children often learn about historical events, different cultures or people that they will never meet. Imaginative play is a way for them to discover the world that surrounds them and collect experiences, using their imagination.
Devin was exploring in an area outside. After a brush was found and realizing that there was no paint on any side he appeared serious for a moment and then went to the area next to the sandbox. He sat on the ground, took a wooden box and put the brush into the dirt and then waved his hand with the brush toward the wooden box and he began making movement as if he was painting.
Ms. Diana: Que estas hacienda Devin? (What are you doing Devin?)
Devin: Intando Ms. Diana” (pintando) (Painting Ms. Diana)
Ms. Diana: Me gusta comoestaspintando Devin. (I like how you are painting)
Devin turned and looked at Ms. Diana and he smiled. He continued to put more dirt on his brush and moving his hands to the wooden box to keep on painting.
Allowing children to use their imagination is crucial for their development. This allows them to make sense of their world and practice skills they are currently working on.