I grew up ‘playing house’, playing with my dolls, and otherwise engaging my imagination through pretend play, but I wouldn’t say I’m all that imaginative of a person, really. So how is it that I have a preschooler who is? Let me show you what activities I planned for Carmen this week, and then let me show you how she tweaked them to add a touch of imagination. 🙂
I wrote letters on a dry erase board, then called out their names and she found them and erased them with a pom-pom. I’d done this one before and she loved it, but this time it must’ve seemed boring to her, because she soon said she didn’t want to do it anymore and just had fun making up her own drawings.
See these tp rolls wrapped with pretty colored paper and arranged in rainbow order? Well, the idea was to sort popsicle sticks by color, but she didn’t get very far before she started arranging them into something else. When I asked her what she was making, she said, “It’s a schedule.” (!) Interesting take on time management, don’t you think? 🙂
And here is one I tried with her earlier and she wasn’t interested. I placed pony beads on the top row of boxes, and then she placed the same colors in order on the bottom row. This time she did enjoy it, one time through. When I asked if she’d like to do it again, she said she’d rather sprinkle them on her ‘cake’. Then she stirred and chopped and made all kinds of other delicious treats.
I thought she might like to pin buttons on to styrofoam with these push pins, but she quickly found a more interesting way to use them. She did poke all the pins in, but then she made a ring of buttons around the outside. She was so pleased with it!
Since my imagination isn’t this active, I tend to want to see activities like these through to the end, the way they are ‘supposed’ to be done. If I had planned all these activities for my firstborn, she would’ve eagerly accomplished them as planned, because she’s much more task-oriented like me. I’m thankful for Carmen’s active imagination. It’s entertaining for her mother 🙂 and just a reminder to lighten up and enjoy life!
This last picture is one of Carmen painting with water colors. It’s one of her favorite things to do. Makes sense, doesn’t it?
I’d love to know how many of you have preschoolers with active imaginations. Or are yours task oriented and like to see well-planned activities through to the end?
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