The Imagination Games motivates teachers to use imaginative play to teach the skills that will let student work well both independently and in a group.
The concept is simple: the school or class with the best piece of recorded imaginative play will win a terrific camp. The TFN Perth pilot will be invited to support a trial project in the Murchison region of WA. Lessons learnt will help guide expansion of the program. The research shows clearly that when adults encourage children's imaginative play, gently steering it towards problems being solved, conflicts and dangers being defeated and ensuring that every child is contributing positively, we see rapid and transformative neurological growth.
Children become more empathic, more attentive, less self-centred and more self-aware. They are then able to be more group-centred yet more independent, more goal oriented yet more flexible, more curious, more inventive, better at communicating and sharing ideas with language, better able to connect ideas, more resilient. This means they grow into better learners, better colleagues, better partners and better citizens, not to mention better parents and happier, healthier people. We need to refocus attention on imaginative play simply because when young children most need this support is exactly when it is hardest for schools to do.
Funds raised: $11,425
Imagination Games got involved in TFN's 2013 pilot series and raised $11,425 to continue motivating teachers to use imaginative play to teach the skills that will let student work well both independently and in a group.
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