We gave Aiden, our 6 year old grandson, a Power Rangers book to read when he stayed over recently. This is the same boy who is unbeatable at Wii ten-pin bowling – I don’t stand a chance. He also enjoys playing with a cut-down laptop computer, that can’t access the Internet, yet looks as though it could pilot a spaceship to Mars! Laura my wife and I were amazed at what happened. The book never left his side, whether at the meal table, sitting on the floor, or when in bed. He loved it – why though? Well it had brilliant graphics and on every page asked the reader questions that stirred his imagination. The clincher though was the cut-out Power Rangers mask. He transformed when he wore it – which was almost all the time. This even included trying to go to sleep wearing it!
What a wonderful reminder. As Jack will tell you, I say there are contemporary approaches and then there is the classical method. On all counts stimulating a child’s imagination is the latter.