There are times when it’s quite apparent that little kids simply live in a totally different world than the rest of us. This is never more obvious than when the whole “imaginative play” really gets going. We have ushered in a whole new generation of play at our house. It’s as amusing as it is sometimes dangerous, as objects become used for purposes for which they were never intended.
For example, the other night Stella pinched a handful of asparagus from her daddy’s plate. This is normally something we celebrate, as we are always pleased when she eats vegetables, even if she does so with the manners of a Neanderthal. After munching on a few stalks, she grabbed the last two in her hands and began drumming on the counter with them. Yes, asparagus drumsticks. Talk about playing with your food! There was fibrous green detritus absolutely everywhere.
Then there was the stick horse. Predictably, it became a sledgehammer. It didn’t last a whole 48 hours in toy gen pop as the danger to Felix was simply too great.
Lots of time her toys interact with each other in humorous ways. She has 2 plastic dinosaurs – a stegosaurus and a T-rex. They make out a lot. There is lots of kissing. I don’t even try to explain that despite the fact that they didn’t exist at the same time, T-rex would have kissed stegosaurus with his TEETH.
Mermaid Barbie is her own world of fun. Being a current favorite, she adapts to all sorts of situations. If there is a mermaid or ocean show on, she swims along on the surface of the TV. That’s cute. What’s more disturbing is that she will often snap Barbie’s fluke off so that she can “jump” on her single giant appendage. It’s just wrong. I guess we can call her Gastropod Barbie? I just don’t undertand.
Personally, I think they ought to have TV writers watch a bunch of 2-4 year olds playing. They want ideas? Those kids will give them something truly unique and inventive.