Monday 27 July 2015

A Toddlers Imagination Is Incredible

The imagination of a toddler is amazing. I find myself at least once a day just sitting and watching my two playing. They aren't at an age that they play together properly but they do play independently and its fascinating to watch.

Their imaginations are both at different stages so when they play, they play very differently and I think that is because of their ages. Noah is 2 and Finley is 3, nearly 4.

I was sat watching Noah the other day playing with his Peppa Pig figures. As I walked in he had Peppa and George talking to each other. Peppa was saying 'Sorry' to George and George was replying with 'That's ok'. I have to be honest I was very surprised at how Noah's imagination has come on recently. I then sat there and watched him play with various different figures, with him making them talk to each other and having different conversations. A lot of the things he was saying and doing were things he has picked up from us or his big brother.

My heart could have burst watching him play like this. 

He spends a lot of time playing with the little figures that we have. He puts them in and out of the different vehicles and he is very happy to play by himself.

Finley is very different to Noah. He wants someone to play with him a lot of the time. Even if he is just building a tower he wants to have someone help him, sometime we don't actually help him we just sit with him and watch.

Finley has started to play a lot of imagination games with crocodiles and things chasing him. I think he has picked this up from nursery. He will run from one side of the house to the other saying something is chasing him. He sometimes says a monster, I do my best to tell him here isn't such things as monsters as I would hate for this monster thing to turn into something he is scared of.

The other game he plays is jumping from sofa to sofa saying there are crocodiles. He tries to get Noah to join in, which he tries, but his little legs don't quite get him between each gap which ends up with him in a heap on the floor.

The imagination of children is amazing and I love the fact that they don't have any inhibitions about it. Because as an adult we do don't we, we will play with them and pretend along side them but when in public we tend to feel a bit silly. And look around to see who is watching us. But I think we need to take a leaf out of our children's books and just be ourselves and have fun.

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And then the fun began...
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  1. This is so lovely but kind of bittersweet at the same time. I love the way toddlers play but at almost three Archie still can't do this & is non verbal due to his Autism. It's such a beautiful post to read though xx #MummyMondays

  2. This is so lovely! My daughter is 16 months and has just started to take care of her toys, cuddling them and feeding them pretend cakes and cups of tea. It makes your heart melt doesn't it. It's so crazy seeing these little helpless babies turn into such independent people with their own thoughts and personalities. x #mummymonday

  3. Aw isn't it so lovely? Sam makes his planes say sorry to each other if they are naughty and give each other a cuddle. So cute! #mummymonday xx

  4. This is really lovely to read. My little boy is two and plays very similar to Noah. He also love to play in his kitchen and make me drinks and food so I may perhaps have a budding chef in the making. #TwinklyTuesday

  5. Lovely post! Yes, kids do have amazing imaginations. I remember playing a similar game, but that the floor was lava. :)

  6. I really feel like my kids don't do as much imaginary play as other kids and certainly JJ my eldest has always been like Finley - needing someone else to be there playing with him and helping him. He's better now he's five (nearly 6), playing with his trains and track but I never really hear imaginary conversations going on - maybe I'm just not paying enough attention... Thanks for linking up to #thetruthabout

  7. Those Peppa figures are brilliant - my little girl is the same - her imagination is brilliant and she really sits and plays with them. You are right we need to have no cares and just play like no one it watching! xx #thetruthabout

  8. I can't wait for the imaginative play to start with my son. So much fun and it opens up a whole new world ways to play and interact. Lovely post. I'm another one who found it a little bittersweet, so entirely concur with your conclusion at the end -- that parents should relax and enjoy themselves and have fun. These moments are precious. #bestandworst

  9. Aww this was a lovely post and thanks for sharing with #bestandworst lovely xx

  10. Aww this was a lovely post and thanks for sharing with #bestandworst lovely xx

  11. My son likes to sell us things from his imaginary department store, Partners. He is a pretty imaginative guy all round, but sometimes it is he who is embarrassed of me in public - I don't mind making a fool of myself, maybe a bit too much!
    x Alice

  12. Ahh what a lovely post. Alfie is very much like Finlay and his imagination is wild, he likes to run around like he's being chased too! It's so lovely watching them develop isn't it. Thanks for linking up to the #bestandworst :) x

  13. It's so sweet how your little ones play. It's lovely that by blogging you'll have this reminder of this sweet time. And yes everyone should have more fun! Toddlers have it right! 😃

  14. Imagination at this age is what leads to truly creative thinking and problem solving when our children are grown. I, too, just love watching my little ones play together. They create such complex imaginary worlds, and some of their games of pretend can last for years. Thanks for linking with #TwinklyTuesday.



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