Examples of Imaginative Play
This morning I was reading a book to little O and the characters in the story were using their full imagination. They were pirates and their ship was the picnic table, they made a sail out of a stick and some clothes and an anchor out of more sticks. It looked rather fun and a great way to spend an afternoon. Little O said to me “Mommy I am going to do that with my best bro!”
This winter the kids opened their imagination up and instead of mud pies as they would serve up in the summer months, they served up snow pie from their very own bakery. Our kids spend hours outside mixing in twigs and cedar leaves into their pies. They were so happy and it is one memory I have today looking back on our long cold winter that warms my heart.
As a child I remember spending hours upon hours playing school with my sister and our neighbours. We spent hours using our imaginations playing school, hairdresser or just like my children do today making mud pies to serve up to mom and dad.
Imagination is Important
I read a book a while back called “The Dolphin Way” the author Shimi K. Kang, M.D spoke about a very popular building kit that kids play with today. It comes with a book or two of instructions and every piece is placed in the proper way to make scenery. We have a few of these kits in my house and I will be honest here, they require parents help and they rob the child of using their own creativity and opening up their imagination during play. After reading her book and her point of view I felt the need to toss aside the instruction books and let my child be the creator of how the scenery will piece together. And since reading The Dolphin Way I have set aside my inner tiger and let my children’s creativity and imagination take over.
” Imagination opens up the child’s mind to think out of the box! Invite imagination play by having a tickle trunk available for the kids to try on costumes. During imaginative play kids use word phrases they they typically wouldn’t use. Children love to act like a cat or bark like a dog during imaginative play and this is the type of play that will broaden creativity and help with their self-esteem.”
An Iconic Favorite
Little People® Animal Friends Farm has been around since 1978 and is an iconic toy that many generations have played with. I wrote a review of Little People® Animal Friends Farm and how much I love how it opens up imagination play for the child. With an age suggestion of 1-5 this opens up possibilities for siblings and cousins to explore and play together. Our little nephew who is two had just as much fun playing and exploring with the Little People Animal Friends Farm as our almost four year old.
The Little People® Animal Friends Farm is filled with animals and farm fun, giving your little one the chance to learn as they play. By opening the barn door or the gate, you hear animal sounds and a fun farm tune to help teach animal sounds. Little ones can help Farmer Eddie™ place the animals in their stalls by matching them to their pictures, learning matching and sorting skills. Little O enjoys dropping the hay bale and animals through the silo.
World of Savings in April!
Fisher-Price® is helping children explore more by launching Little People® World of Savings in April! Coupons are available at Walmart and Toys“R”Us. At Toys“R”Us, coupons are available in aisle for $5 off Farm & Home, $10 off any purchase of $55 or more, and $15 off any purchase of $75 or more.
Fisher Price is generous!
Two In R Dream readers will both win a Little People® Animal Friends Farm, valued at $39.99. Canada only (excludes Quebec) ends 04/27 EST. Please note: we cannot guarantee your prize will be similar to the one that was reviewed. Winner depends on the amount of entries received. You have 24 hours to claim your prize before another winner will be randomly drawn. Good luck!
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