Are you good at taking time to indulge in imaginative play with your children?
I think it is important to do so as those sessions make for happy memories that last for years. I still remember playing shops with my mum back in the Seventies. I had a little cash register and we would take it in turns to be the customer or shopkeeper. I seem to remember her using egg boxes as some of the items you could buy. That shows that inventive parents don’t need to spend a whole lot of money to inject fun into their children’s lives. Of course, I learned a lot about adding things up when playing shop. I also remember us making a little house out a clothes horse. My Dad built me my own “kitchen” in the garden made out of paving slabs. It was my own little area and meant the world to me.
“Let’s pretend” opens up a world of possibilities and stimulates creativity. As parents, we can get in touch with our inner child and see stresses disappear as we give ourselves over to imaginative play. Vitally, it ensures we are spending quality time with our children.
My very favourite toy as a child was the doll’s house made by my Dad’s best friend. It had sliding doors and I imagined scenes similar to Downton Abbey taking place in it. I always did have delusions of grandeur!
The lovely people at Big Game Hunters recently sent my daughter a doll’s house family and furniture set. She loves them and has a whole scenario about an opera singing mother going on. Who am I to say the mother looks nothing like an opera singer to me? It makes absolute sense to her.
“I like this set because it is so colourful. I like the way that there are moving parts. For example the skating board has real wheels, the drawers and oven open so you can put things in them.”
The furniture set also includes beds, sofa, table and crockery.
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