My children have all been very imaginative. I've always found it hard to enforce a one-toy-at-a-time rule because I saw how creatively they played with multiple toys. I couldn't stifle that creativity.
And then there is the imaginative ways they have played with regular household items. At one point, I couldn't get through a math lesson without pencils becoming people, and silverware at supper came alive, too. I bought them felt dolls (like paper dolls) and dollhouse people, but the pencils and forks still turned into families.
Elementary-school seems to be the peak of this creative imagination stage. It makes schoolwork and chores SLOW, and they often have to be retrieved from yet another "pretend game" to get back to work. But despite that, I'm thankful for their imaginations. I'm blessed that I get to be here with them, and see their imagination unfold each day. I'm thankful they're home with me, as well.
But, right now, I need to go round up some delinquent elementary students and remind them that their math needs to be finished.
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