The kids imitate and show that they are having the similarity, and we clap for the imitator not for the one whom one has imitated. This is an important point that even in the imitation the kids seek appreciation and the admiration of their ability to imitate. If we clap for the person whom the kid imitates, the one would not like to imitate. The reason is simple that even in the imitation the simile is for the comparison and the contrast that one maintains while doing all the actions maintaining the individuality, the art of performance.
On the stage, the kids performing any of the creative art is imitating, however the performance differs as one masters the singing, dancing and acting in the play, drama or a skit. All of the creative arts begin from the imitation and the practice makes it the performance. While singing, they may have the same teacher, same training and time of practice, yet they maintain the differences, though all may attempt for the simile that we might call the perfection in the creative art of the music or singing.
Now, the imitation, curiosity and the learning for the similes in the creative arts give the foundation for developing our creative thinking into the different creative arts. However, the similes are for the art not for the thoughts and the feelings, we can have same action, yet the thoughts and the feelings differ.
Thus, the art of imitation is subtle, the level at which one uses the conscience to realize that imitation is not for duplicity, rather it is for the using the similes for the comparisons and the contrast. While learning to imitate one learns the differences improving the ability to utilize contrasts and similes for art of learning present in the imitation.