Children are impressive in their ability to find fun in just about anything. A large part of this is thanks to their massive imagination and ability to make up stories and games. While many depend on video games and iPhones to keep their children entertained, there isn’t anything quite as fun for a kid than to use their active imaginations and play pretend.
This imaginative play is only elevated when a child is presented with something new and interesting. So, if you were to give a child a variety of colourful and interestingly shaped crystals (or perhaps even rocks you find and paint from your own backyard), what are some games they could play? Just like 'The Toolsy' tells you the best tools, we are going to take a look at my top seven best imaginative games for children playing with crystals:
1. Magic and Wizards
Many individuals look at crystals as having magical properties. For example, amber is associated with evoking confidence, amethyst is associated with the prevention of overindulgence, and jade is associated with healing.
Of course, most kids don’t know the ins and outs of the beliefs that adults hold about crystals, but it is easy to see why a child might use crystals to play pretend with magic. Especially for children who have just been introduced to crystals, the bright colours and mysterious designs look like something magical.
In addition, many of the cartoons and movies for children revolve around magic. So, it isn’t a leap for a child to associate something new and interesting to the magic they see on screen all the time.
2. Pirates and Treasure
Playing pirates is something that nearly every child does among their repetoire of imagination games. After all, it appeals to the search for adventure and the sense of wonder that many children have. The idea of going anywhere they want and finding treasure along the way is immensely appealing.
In fact, that’s where the crystals come in. Crystals hold all the properties that imaginary piles of treasure from an overflowing treasure chest needs; they’re colourful and sparkling. In other words, they look valuable even if the ones they have aren’t on the status of diamonds.
3. Dig Site Finds
Does your child love the idea of treasure hidden in ancient pyramids? Have you seen the likes of Indiana Jones with them more times than you can count? Then playing pretend with crystals might just do the trick to breathe life back into their imaginary games.
The idea of finding something new and exciting is the whole concept behind a kid pretending to work in a dig site. Introducing crystals your child has never seen before could fuel these imaginary adventures.
If your child has a taste for Disney movies, odds are they’ve seen a member of royalty or two. Even if they aren’t huge Disney fans, tales of reigning monarchs are still an intriguing thought. With a sheet fashioned into a flowing gown or a crown made of construction paper, children can transform themselves into royalty.
Of course, though, no member of the monarchy is complete without impressive wealth. This is where the crystals come in - they are once again the treasures of the game.
5. Museum Curator
If your child loves games such as working in a grocery store or running a library, they might enjoy being the director of a museum full of crystals. This also allows children to get creative and come up with a story about each crystal.
6. An Epic Adventure
Many adults can remember playing the likes of The Legend of Zelda when they were kids or reading mythological tales in school. A big part of adventure games and imaginative epics like this was about collecting magic items throughout the journey of the great adventure.
For today’s kids, it’s no different. Instead of using crystals to represent treasure, these crystals can be used to represent a lost or valuable artifact that they need to beat the monster, save the princess or prince, or even save the world.
Another thing that children love to do is to play pretend about what they want to be when they grow up. There’s something appealing to them about pretending not only to be grown-ups, but being grown-ups who get to explore their interests forever as a job.
It’s easy to see how crystals can be interesting to play with and learn about. However, crystals offer an additional opportunity. This is because it’s possible for children to grow their very own crystals as science experiments.
Meet Pete Alman
Hi there, I'm Woodworking Pete Alman. I'm a former carpenter turned writer, and proud resident of Nashville, Tennessee. When not working on a project in my shed, I'm lifting weights or hanging out with my three dogs (Dobermans).