Means that your days are often filled with…
“Mama, you’ll be Dame Washalot and I will be Silky. And you are coming for tea,”
Visits to the park… but only the one with the rolling hill and the magical forest,
Constructing Faraway Trees from Lego that feature mini-figs wearing elaborate headwear,
Collecting coins to fill a money box so that one day she can visit Disneyland to meet Rapunzel,
Interesting discoveries… and explanations (they’re fairy paint pots for painting flowers),
Dreams of visiting the Land of Treats or flying in a wishing chair,
Impromptu stories, such as…
“Tinkerbell’s Colourful Rainbow Day
One evening Tinkerbell decided she had red wings and shoes. Meanwhile, Rosetta realised she had green on instead of pink and Fawn decided she had purple instead of white skin and meanwhile some of Iridessa’s dress turned brown! Tinker bell decided to get out her wand and change everything back to the way it was again.”
Waking to discover trails of pixie dust down your hallway,
And that the most intense disappointment is felt when one cannot wear glass slippers to kindy or find the perfect floor length, pink dress that spins in one’s wardrobe.
But it also means, that as a parent you learn..
That a simple bowl of porridge is transformed with the lightest dusting of magic fairy sprinkles,
That most disliked tasks like washing hair become much simpler when the Fairy Godmother visits to help transform Cinderella for the ball,
That lessons are best shared and learned through the telling of stories,
That a puppet or soft toy offering to help a small person clean up their room or put on their pyjamas results in everyday chores being completed a whole lot faster and with much more laughter.
That living with an imaginative child often makes you feel childlike too.
What does imaginative play look like in your house???
- Loose Parts for Creative and Imaginative Play
- Encouraging Independent Play
- But My Child Doesn’t Like to Play ___