The possibilities are endless when it comes to stimulating children’s imaginations. From reading books and engaging in imaginative play, through to interacting with nature, visual, physical and mental stimulation is essential in helping your child to think and learn independently.

In fact, scientists have found that the more mental stimulation a child receives around the age of four, the more developed the parts of the brain dedicated to language and cognition will be in the decades ahead. (1)

To provide parents with inspiration, Vicks has pulled together some of its top tips in stimulating young imaginations:

  • Books are ideal stimulation sources, from picture books to fairy tales, there’s something to suit every child.
  • A few different coloured pens and paper are all you need to create art. Set time aside every week for your child to unleash their creativity and use their imagination in a visual way.
  • Whether you collect leaves in the woods, or go bug finding by the river, explore the environment with your little one and show them the wonders of the world. Create a collage showing what you have found, and help them learn about the different things they have seen.
  • With its in-built projection system, the Vicks SweetDreams Cool Mist Humidifier acts as a humidifier and entertainment unit helping children to drift off into the land of nod while maintaining indoor humidity levels. Ideal for establishing a bedtime routine, the image projection system engages young children by creating an enchanting bedtime environment. You can manually select one of three Dream Themes – Safari, Sea and Starry Night. Each of the three themes has three images that automatically rotate to soothe and calm children as they drift off to sleep. The projection feature can be used independently of the humidifier, providing two products in one, so children can still experience the delights of the SweetDreams imagery without the humidification feature enabled.
  • Give children time for imaginative play – provide them with a room in the home with props where they can go by themselves, or with friends to create make believe scenarios. It could be under the dining room table, or a den in their bedroom. Whichever space you choose give them uninterrupted time for play.

Dr Sarah Brewer explains why stimulating your child is so important: “A baby or young child that has a visually enriched environment tends to be calmer, quieter and more attentive when awake than a child who is deprived of stimulation. Stimulation also helps your little one to learn as an enriched environment helps to develop their synaptic connections – receptors which gather, store and retrieve information throughout the brain – by as much as 25% more.”

About Dr. Sarah Brewer

Dr Sarah Brewer MSc (Nutr Med), MA (Cantab), MB, BChir, RNutr, MBANT, CNHC, FRSM qualified from Cambridge University with degrees in Natural Sciences, Medicine and Surgery. After working in general practice and realising that many illnesses have a dietary basis, she gained a Master’s degree in nutritional medicine from the University of Surrey. As well as being a licensed doctor, Sarah is now also a Registered Nutritionist, a Registered Nutritional Therapist and an award winning health writer. She is the author of over 60 popular self-help books and has Nutritional Medicine blog at www.DrSarahBrewer.com

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(1) https://www.theguardian.com/science/2012/oct/14/childhood-stimulation-key-brain-development