Imagination and creativity are my favorite gifts

I’ve been thinking a lot recently about the level of creativity that young children have. Sometimes, I wish I could bring that to adults.

For the last five months, I’ve been working in a day care/preschool, where my day to day routine consists of engaging in arts and crafts and various types of activities and games with four-year-olds. Their energy, passion, and imagination are qualities I am sure I will always be envious of.

Today, we had a basket filled with towels on a table in the corner of our room, along with an empty container of Tide. The kids used this station to play laundry. It took them no longer than five minutes to continue playing a game of their own, using what they had around them as props and acting as if they were elsewhere.

To me, one girl said, “Miss Katie, want to come to the beach with us?”

And so I did. I plopped myself on the floor next to my four students, fanned myself and said, “Boy, the sun sure is hot. Who wants to take a dip in the water?”

The kids laughed, and laid down on the towels on the floor. “I want to tan first,” another girl said. She closed her eyes and put on her sunglasses. “But make sure you tell me if you see a whale!”

How easy it was for them, to pretend they were far away on some type of tropical island, when, in actuality, they were cooped up in a classroom waiting for their parents to pick them up and head home for the day.

Tomorrow is a new adventure with them. Maybe we’ll go to an amusement park and ride a roller coaster. Maybe we’ll go to the circus and watch acrobats do scary, impressive stunts while we sit and hold our breath. Or maybe, we’ll play on our jungle gym outside, walking up the stairs to our castle where the King awaits us.

How I wish I could go back to the days when I walked around my neighborhood cul-de-sac, my friend and I pretending we were Hallie and Annie from The Parent Trap, one of us traveling to Napa Valley and the other to London. Building a spaceship out of legos. Playing dress up and pretending I was Princess Mulan. Swimming in a pool, swishing my hair back and forth, pretending to be a mermaid.

Ideas can stretch as far as you let them.

A new adventure awaits. Cherish your creativity and your imagination. Sometimes, you need a little push to remember just how special they are.

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