I grew up in a generation where technology was not that advanced but imagination was wild. Seeing how some children only enjoy playing with high-tech toys and games, make me panic.
Back in the days, an empty can of coffee, Popsicle sticks, paper, and glue make for a shiny robot. Our materials were scarce but our imagination and creativity were up and running.
I have nothing against modern innovation but there must be a conscious effort to promote the simplest way of having fun. In my opinion, parents should take time out to create things with kids to enhance their imagination. Activities like role playing or making toys using materials like leaves, branches, stones, and the like are focused on enhancing the creativity of the child.
My favorite activity with my children is making sock puppets. I gather my three the kids around and spread out materials like old socks, buttons, yarn, thread, glue, and any other materials we can use. With my supervision, we create colorful characters using the simplest materials. I see my kids participating and creating sock puppet characters of their own. The yarn for the hair and the buttons for the eyes capture the attention of the wide-eyed kids. After forming the different sock puppet characters, I tell them stories using the created puppets. They love how the characters come to life. They are really entertained by the cute looking characters. Then I give them the sock puppets and watch them play. They then exchange dialogues and actions and have a good time doing it.
This bonding activity shows that it is still possible to entertain the kids in the simplest manner. It gives me some sense of satisfaction knowing that the short exercise of creativity is able to enhance the imagination of the kids. By being creative myself. I can show my kids that fun and entertainment can come in the simplest form.