GRAND Magazine - May/June 2013 - (Page 20-21)

BY reMY aGee H e took all their toys away, replacing them with cardboard boxes and egg cartons. The kids didn’t complain! They worked together to create an igloo, a pirate ship, a rocket ship, a house, and a hotel. Their preschool teacher, Peter Kaser, knew the importance of imaginative play. Studies show that imaginative play helps children develop communication, social, leadership, problemsolving and other cognitive skills while building selfconfidence and having fun. Toys that foster imaginative play: 1. Are child-powered. Battery-operated toys don’t require a child to use his imagination to make sounds, decide what to do and how to do it, Photo credit: ©selectstock Let’s pretend! the benefits of imaginative play 20 GRAND MAY JUNE 2013 improvise, or create. 2. Can be played with in more than one or two restricted ways. A walking robot is only that. 3. Can be played without direction and in the child’s own way. 4. Are simple. A toy doesn’t need to be fancy or expensive to be entertaining. Simple toys let kids MAY JUNE 2013 GRAND 21

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of GRAND Magazine - May/June 2013

GRAND Magazine - May/June 2013
Slaying Dragons
You’ve Come a Long Way, Granny
Electrical Safety
Let’s Pretend
The Grandest Gift
Born Free’s Virginia McKenna
My Aging Brain
Judy Cockerton: Foster parent and innovator
10 Best Story Books for Babies & Toddlers
Grand Expectations
Fun Toys for Kids of All Ages
Annuities Simplified
News, Products, Tips, and Resources for Today’s Grandparents
Sure Cure for Senior-Time Blues
It’s a Wonderful Life
When a Child Is Removed from the Parents’ Home

GRAND Magazine - May/June 2013