Thursday, June 28, 2012

Energizer - Free Their Imagination!

An early self portrait, in his favourite colour
I love how creative my Little Boo is. He has never been a big fan of colouring books, but he has loved to draw since he was able to hold a crayon. His drawings are sometimes realistic, sometimes abstract. At times they have reflected his current favourite video game or his latest animal obsession. At others the abstract creations come with an elaborate back-story. Those are always fun to hear and really give some insight into what's on his mind. It's a great form of self-expression.

Supplies to create his teacher gift for Ms. P.
Little Boo's creativity takes shape in arts & crafts and building toys. But it also finds its way into his imaginative play. Whether he is on his own creating games and conversations with his stuffies, or playing "family" or knights or fairies, or whatever, with his friends, I am always amazed at the stories and dialogue that develop. Children are so uninhibited, and they are unafraid to let their imaginations soar. Somewhere along the way, with so many expectations put upon us as adults, we seem to lose that freedom of expression. It's sad really.
He built this on his own. Pikachu is in a special animal pen.
The black paths are actually connectors for the three "machines" out front of the dwelling.
All of this was explained to me in detail.
Oh! The tree is actually standing in for a chimney. Talk about imagination!
Imaginative and pretend play are not only fun, they can be wonderful opportunities to develop social skills as kids negotiate roles with each other. Who gets to be the dad? Who will play the part of the baby? How can they come to an agreement on the rules of the game? Pretend play also allows children to try out different roles and practice life skills, like going to the supermarket and buying groceries, or feeding a baby.

Basically, imagination is a critical part of learning and development. And it's super fun for us as parents to watch!

The Energizer Bunny would like to help you to inspire your children to "Free Their Imagination!" Energizer is running a contest on their Facebook page, giving away over 2000 Crayola prizes in hourly draws between June 25 and October 1. Each hour is a new contest, so you need to enter each time you see a prize you'd like. You can get bonus entries by entering special PIN codes and use even enter multiple PINs for additional bonuses!

Sound interesting? I have an exclusive code just for readers of Raising My Boys, and it's ENERGIZER 
Head on over to the contest page to check out the prizes and remember to enter the PIN code ENERGIZER for an extra chance to win. (You can find additional PIN codes from many of my blogging friends as well.)

Good luck!

Disclosure – I am participating in the Energizer program by Mom Central Canada.  I received compensation for my participation in this campaign.  The opinions on this blog are my own.”

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