Why your young child's imagination is more important than knowledge

Imagination consistently ranks higher in importance than knowledge  – ask any business person, artist, person on the street, or even refer to one of the most famous quotes of Albert Einstein, and you will see why that is so. Keep reading if you are a parent or caregiver to discover why.

Many parents are so focussed upon what their young children need to learn that they often forget to let each child have fun and use their imagination and intuition as a form of play and learning. Especially once they start attending kindy: it all seems to be about learning letters and numbers, colours and shapes, and sizes and weights.

Unfortunately with all this knowledge learning, we can forget to just allow them to be kids and let their imagination run wild. The great Albert Einstein recognised this when he 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.”

He obviously wasn’t knocking knowledge as he was a man of great learning. What he was emphasising was the limiting nature of knowledge and the need to allow imagination to play its part in our lives. So why is imagination important in child development? Because it is pure creativity. Children are not following rules, or sticking with well-tested procedures when they create. Their mind is tapping into something outside of books and understanding, allowing them to design with total freedom.

J.K Rowling, the great writer of the highly successful Harry Potter series is quoted as saying: “Imagination is not only the uniquely human capacity to envision that which is not, and, therefore, the foundation of all invention and innovation. In its arguably most transformative and revelatory capacity, it is the power that enables us to empathize with humans whose experiences we have never shared.”

So next time you ask the kids to do something and they create something totally unexpected, or they just concoct something without being asked – celebrate! There will be plenty of time to learn knowledge, and it will always be important in their life. But for now, accept the very important place that imagination has in the life of your growing child, and encourage them to use it freely. And maybe they too will grow into another Albert Einstein or J. K. Rowling!

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Why your young child’s imagination is more important than knowledge

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