The Power of Imagination and Ability to Symbolize
The ability to envision objects or events begins to develop at around 18-24 months. Gradually, she becomes less reliant on concrete stimulants and begins to develop and enrich her inner world.
Going Beyond What the Eye Can See
Before the age of 18 months, you child only related to concrete things, which she could see, hear or feel - she was incapable of imagining things that were inaccessible to her senses. Now, she will slowly be able to envision more and more complex scenarios and acquire an important tool which will enable her to think in a free-flowing way about the world.
Symbolization and Representation
The ability to symbolize objects appears during this period and is the first expression of real imaginative play. Your little girl may pretend she is feeding her doll, for example. At this stage, the game is characterized by the use of materials that are on-hand. From approximately 20 months, your toddler begins to understand that toys, like dollhouses or toy garages, represent objects and people in the real world.
The continued use of creative materials, such as water colors, crayons, play dough and more, will enable your child to develop her creativity, though this creativity is still unplanned and is not focused on the end-result.