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Hours of Play

After a tiny bit of inspiration from a story scene on someone's blog, I offered Miss M. some very simple materials last night, when she seemed unable to figure out what to do with herself -  a very common occurrence lately, which nearly has me at my wits end.  (Go play is almost a punishment it seems.)  She was excited though to have new 'materials' to work with, and amazingly, her imagination took off, with very little in the way of suggestions on my part.  I intially suggested that she re-create the story of Briar Rose that we had just read, which she did very briefly and then moved on to other things.  I almost interfered a number of times (big bad habit) but really tried to hold back.  She was doing exactly what I wanted her to do - create - imagine - play.  She went through a number of stories and was so engrossed with this, that we ate around her setup on the kitchen table which she continued on.  (She had to finish putting the swing together.)  I realize that it is very easy to get caught up in nitty details and lose the big picture.  The nitty detail in this case would have been my insisting that she do only the story we had just read.  I am glad I didnt, we would have both lost so much.  This was a joy to watch unfold.  The scarf was both a river and a waterfall.  The dollpins were people, rafts, a swingset, the von trapp singers, and a fence.  The train tracks were a footbridge, a slide in the little playground she built and a seesaw.  The nuts were rocks and a path.  I'll translate tomorrow - I am exhausted.  Lo traduzco manana.  voy a dormir.



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