Harnessing the Power of Imaginative Play

Today at lunch, E didn't want to sit in her high chair to eat. This is nothing new; sometimes she wiggles and kicks up a ruckus when she doesn't want to sit in it. Mid-wriggle though, she informed me that "Sheepie [AKA the Sleep Sheep, who bleated her last soothing noise some time ago and is now E's second-favorite stuffed companion] sit chair. Sheepie hungry!" And I replied, "Oh, Sheepie is hungry? Would she like to sit in the chair and eat?" So we went and got Sheepie and put her in E's chair. E picked up her sippy cup and offered some to Sheepie (and yes, I almost died from cuteness exposure) and then wanted to sit in the chair and eat the lunch I had laid out on the table herself. Score! This act has been a growing trend around our house. As E, who is a very verbal child, both talking and listening well (forgive me if I sound like one of those people but she really is verbal), gains an interest in the world around her and how she can manipulate it, she increasingly wants to get her dolls ("Baby" and "Dolly") and stuffed animals ("Ms. Mousie" and the aforementioned "Sheepie") to do things. And I will admit that I'm brazenly using this to my advantage.