Imaginative Play

Monday, May 12, 2008

I've mentioned before how Samuel is fascinated with Planet Earth, and I often see him recreating what he sees during his playtime. We are making a big effort to cut out morning cartoons these days, and I'm beginning to see some positive outcomes as he begins to engage his imagination. This morning, I found all the same animals he has seen in Planet Earth's "From Pole to Pole" episode lined up on the arm-rest of the sofa. Mimicking the annual migration in Botswana for water to the Okavango Delta in the Kalahari desert, Sam, as he is asking to be called now, recreates quite accurately what he has learned. One thing I've liked about the animal figures he has been collecting for the past eighteen months is that are open-ended toys. I've noticed that Samuel gets bored with toys that only have one function. In fact, he disassembled his stomp rocket he received for his birthday from a friend to make an elephant trunk out of the tube. Silk arrived in the mail today, and I was thrilled when Samuel pretended it was fire from the mouth of a dragon, and ran through the house whipping it through the air.

I've been reading a lot about the harmful, untested chemicals put into our plastics. I'd love to exclusively buy wooden toys for Samuel and Juniper if they weren't so expensive. Perhaps the key is less toys, better quality. I think I'm going to make a greater effort as the years go by to invest in healthier, safer toys. The wooden figures above are made by Holztiger, a German toy company that carves all their figures from real wood and only uses water-based, non-toxic paints. In Portland, Holztiger figurines are carried at toy store Spielwerk in Sellwood.

P.S. Happy Birthday, little Sawyer.


Claudia said...

How cute!! He has quite the imagination!! Why does he want to be called Sam?! I will have a hard time switching from Samuel! OH---so many changes in this world!

Beetles and Bees said...

I should have clarified. he asked to be called Sam today, the day before Sammy. He's experimenting w/ different nicknames, I guess. I don't think I called him 'Sam' all day. Hard habit to break!

Landon Kuhn said...

Karli, I like that first photograph epically. Good job. One of these days we need a nice SLR.

Jeremy said...

I love how creative he is. I too notice a huge difference when we cut the tv out. This is such a great age when it comes to imaginative play.

And those play silks are great! We have a few things like that but I've been meaning to buy some of those as well.

You're such a great mom Karli!

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