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.