Inspire Creative Play with Wow Toys
Bubbles is at a fun stage with her toy play right now. You can almost see the little wheels turning in her head as she thinks about how she wants to interact with them. Blocks have gone from just random stacking and tall towers to creating paths for cars to follow and walls to hide behind for hide and seek. Baby dolls get fed and tucked in, while her pets get “washed” and go for walks.
Of course not all creative play with her toys makes sense – to me, at least. More than one princess has found her way into the fridge instead of her toy bins when it’s time for pick up. Horses sometimes get to drive the tractors while the farmers ride in the wagon. And some of those dog baths have taken place in the soup pot from her kitchen. It can be hard not to say “Oh no, honey, here, this is how you do it” (though I do have to occasionally remind her the ice cream cone is just for pretend and please don’t actually lick it). But I try my best to encourage her creativity, imagination, and role play.
So when her princess and horse-drawn carriage ended up at the starting line with two twin race cars (one driven by the prince that normally steers the carriage) I didn’t bother explaining that a horse was going to be no match for a race car. I just watched the action! The race cars are friction-powered so once they’re revved up a bit they definitely can out-race the horse, but she evens the playing field by running the horse down the hall ahead of them. (She also squeals with delight when I send the cars racing after her.)