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The Power of Creative Play

June 25th, 2012 | Posted by Amy Boughner in #ToddlerLife | Parenting | Sponsored

My daughter is two and a half (or close enough, any way) and her imagination is running circles around us. She’s pretending things almost all the time, whether she’s being a puppy or one of her favourite characters. (Lately, she’s been Stella and I’ve been Sam, or she’s been Minnie and I’ve been Daisy).

I’ve been trying to come up with activities to engage her imagination – we go to the park, play in the backyard, blow bubbles and paint together. One day after unpacking some boxes in the basement I got the idea that she might be able to imagine with those. They became towers and sleds and houses. One day the giant box we got with her outdoor play structure caught my attention. A perfect playhouse.

When I brought the box into the house she started playing with it right away. The first thing she said after going inside was that it was so dark, so I suggested we start by making windows.

And then we got to start decorating.

We used markers, chalk and stickers to make this house exactly what she wanted it to be.

She let me draw a window box full of flowers and we made an outline of her on one side, but every other design element was hers. Every time I thought she was done she went back to draw some more. The decoration took all afternoon.

Already the big box has been a house and a ship and I can’t wait to see what she dreams up tomorrow.

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