At school I was called a daydreamer, off on another planet, easily distracted. Well you may think this was a little harsh but to me it was like receiving a compliment. Yes I was off on another planet, stretching my imagination, actioning my talents, being curious, challenging myself and loving every minute!
Let me be perfectly clear when I say that imagination underpins every human achievement. Albert Einstein once said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.”
Now Albert was a very astute human being but even he would not have predicted how knowledge would become so accessible to anyone with internet access. For this reason imagination has become more significant than anytime in our history.
You may in your jobs and through education heard the growing importance of skills such as critical thinking and problem solving. You will be hard pressed to find a job specification that doesn't include these as desirable skills. Well, what they are wanting is "imagination."
Lots of children play sports and join clubs where they are learning important and valuable skills but they are not using their imagination. A child needs space to foster their own imagination in an environment where there is no right or wrong. Imagination helps children frame their world. A child with an active imagination is preparing to be a flexible and creative adult.
Ellen and I founded Jarratts as we felt children needed access to activities that encourage imaginative play, fun and self belief. We hear alot about creativity but we need to remember creativity is imagination in action. From experience we also know that adults can learn alot from engaging with their children's imagination and having a bit of fun themselves!