A few weeks ago, after several days of begging to use glitter from my daughters, I surprised them with a family toy making session in our backyard. You can see the sparkly glitter toy making tutorial here. My daughters, ages 3 and half and 2, have been joyfully playing with these little handmade toys for the past several weeks and each time they bring them out, something new and inspired seems to happen. It got me thinking about the importance of imaginative play for little ones and how we can use imaginative play as a way to connect with our children.
This time my two year old’s play focused around no other than Anna, from Frozen. No surprise there since my girls are obsessed with Frozen. Turns out Anna had to help her little friends and keep them safe. My little one is pretty sensitive and safety is definitely a theme she seems to focus on.
Her friend, Mousy, was all alone so Anna watched over her in this circle of ice with another glittery friend.
Things seemed to be going quite well until they all had to get cooled off by a frozen blower. High action play here folks.
Soon they were all safe and sound at last in their treasure chest. As I watched my daughter play and sat closely next to her per request, I realized so much was happening. She was verbalizing her own feelings and thoughts in a way that didn’t feel intimidating. She was gaining confidence in her ideas and she was connecting with her mama as she played. She was also having fun with toys she made with her own two hands.
Valentine’s Day is around the corner. Last year we started a family tradition of handing out love hearts to friends, family and strangers leading up to the big day. It’s a wonderful way to incorporate random acts of kindness into your child’s daily routine. You can read more about it here. As we move towards this year’s Valentine’s Day, I’m looking for more ways to express love with my children in more genuine and organic ways.
Taking moments to just sit with our children, watch them play, and playing with them when they want us too, are all ways to bring more love and connection into our lives. Wishing you all a happy Valentine’s Day filled with love. Thanks for having me over hello, Wonderful!
Meri Cherry, yes, that’s her real name, is an arts and crafts blogger at mericherry.com. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two daughters. Meri works as an art teacher. She is passionate about the process of art, thrift stores, and the Reggio approach to learning.