It’s an amazing thing to have a conversation with a 2, 3, 4 or 5 year old. Their imaginations at that age to me are so fascinating. I wonder what happens as we age because adults don’t seem to have quite the same free and innocent imagination as a child.
Caelum has started ‘pretending’ this week. It’s interesting because Lyra didn’t do this until she was probably 2 or at least closer to it. Caelum is barely 17 months old. It first happened when he wanted to eat and my husband and I didn’t want to get up so we ‘pretended’ to hand him some food like we were currently doing with Lyra and he pretended to eat it and said “mmmm”.
Since then he is pretending to eat lots of thing, he had a pretend tea party with us and he pretends to wash his hands in the play kitchen. It’s wonderful watching them become themselves.
What ways can I be sure to foster that imagination for as long as I can?
Well I’ve some thoughts….
- PLAY PLAY PLAY- (ancient Hebrew language had a technique to place emphasis on a word by repeating it more than once)
- Try not to be in a hurry all the time. Don’t rush them but let them explore and have time to soak things in
- Get on their level and pretend with them
- Enjoy the little things like laughing and playing or believing in Santa.