'Imagination Is More Important Than Knowledge.'
I sometimes think that I am not the best Mummy I can be when it comes to arts and crafts with Mads- of course we draw, but we rarely paint or do other crafty stuff. I don't know, I just find it all a bit stressful, I normally end up getting it all out and she ends up playing with it for all of five minutes and our dining table is on carpet, so I often worry about the mess. It is something I need to try and do more of.
However one way I try and encourage Mads is through imaginative play. I remember having a childhood full of imagination and adventure- whether it was pretending to be a mermaid in the swimming pool with my Dad, playing jewellery shops with my Nana or making cakes with every single ingredient in her kitchen. I want my girls to grow up in a world of imagination and make believe, and not to be in a hurry to grow up so quickly.
I have noticed in recent months that Mads really thrives with imaginative play. She often makes up stories and adventures out of every day scenarios and her absolute favourite thing is her play kitchen. I have written about it before but recently we have added some new items for her.
Currently she is obsessed with knitted food and we have been adding and adding to her collection. I am not a massive fan of plastic toys, of course she has lots, but I much prefer wooden and traditional ones, so I am really pleased she is enjoying playing with these.
We have aquired them from Grandma, off ebay and from a dear family friend Nanny Ann who has been so kind and making them for her. Aren't they just so adorable? She now has a whole set- friut, veg, meats, cakes...even spaghetti on toast!
When she wakes up from her nap in the late afternoon, we nearly always have to get her kitchen bits out and she will spend ages making myself and LL breakfast and dinner. It is so wonderful to see her imagination developing and flourishing as I just think it is so important.
Sometimes eating a knitted hot dog for the 100th time that day can get a little tedious, but I also love to see her imagination developing more and more. We talk about the food- the colours, what would 'taste' nice with what and of course LL and her teddies need to eat too. She places them all on plates for me, and in saucepans.
These simple moments with her make me realise how quickly she is growing up and how all too soon she won't want to play imaginative games with her Mummy, preferring to play with dolls or other toys on her own or with friends. I remember a time in my childhood where I still created scenarios and games in my head, but I wouldn't necessarily share the games with my parents. As such I am relishing this time and interaction with her, and I am trying to help her express her imagination and creativity as much as possible.
She makes me so proud every single day at what a clever little person she is becoming.
And that's definitely worth a woollen biscuit or two.