One thing that Anna likes to do when she is in a good mood is to make up stories. Other kids draw pictures, she covers her paper with scribbles dictating to herself. All those zillions of books that we read mixed nicely in her head and definitely jump started her vocabulary. We are getting, Umm… how old is she??? a lot, when Anna decides to be chatty outside of the house (which is rarely). Lately she also enjoys the time when I sit down with a piece of paper and write down her stories. Here is the one that she created in the middle of the birthday party for her friend. She disappeared in the art room, then pulled me in and said that it’s time for the story: One hungry cat went for a long walk. She met a dog chewing on his tail. They played together and ran fast down the mountain. Then they met a monkey eating a banana (write a banana in a yellow color, mama!). No, it will be a mango. They all went home and played so many times. Then they had cake. Someone touched it.
I am thinking of having a notebook for Anna stories and recording them down, then maybe making a digital scrapbook with them. It will be fun to see how they will grow and mature over years.