Kids love the world of imaginative and fantasy play. Whether it’s building a tent in a living room with sheets and blankets or pretending to be a pirate, a child’s imagination is in full gear. Imaginative play allows children to explore and discover new things in life in a soothing environment. Kids have always played this way. What’s new is the way tablets enhance imaginative play possibilities with their versatility and portability.
Household Tablet Ownership Data – 2012 Year-End Trend Tracker
Tablet play adds another dimension to kids’ gaming. 71% of boys 8-15 and 56% of girls play certain games solely on the tablet. One reason for this is that a desktop computer or game console has less of the versatility or portability that tablets provide. That mobility allows a child to control their external environment. This limits their usual distractions and allows them to find that ‘safe place’ they covet.
That freedom allows the child to be fully immersed in their adventure. After all, it’s not about seeing the pirate, it’s about being the pirate.
“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.” – Albert Einstein