Tuesday, June 15, 2010

June11_Santa1

I love it when Anna invents her own games. Her latest invention is “Santa game”. I think it was inspired by her self-made bracelet that has a jingle bell on it. She was wearing it one day and suddenly she announced that she will be Santa and she will bring me presents. We played it many times since then – sometimes she plays Santa and my role is to admire my presents, sometimes June11_Santa2 she wants me to play Santa, and then I draw a line at 10 “presents” before calling it quits. Usually in the end of the game Anna eventually picks one or two of her “presents” and plays with them for a while. I enjoy seeing her excitement when she plays both roles, and it also gives me a chance to “recycle” some of the small toys and books that we keep in our kitchen and reintroduce her to some forgotten favorites.

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10 comments:

Christy said...

Very cute. I don't think we have ever played Santa, but maybe I'm wrong. I'll have to ask my kids.

MaryAnne said...

Very cute idea. Anna is such a creative child!

Debbie said...

This is so cute! We haven't played Santa, but Selena is already talking about Santa coming again. She reminds us Santa brought her bike, and now she wants him to bring her a camera.

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

I dashed the Santa dream a long time ago, but my youngest two are always wrapping presents, usually in blankets, to give to me, or to each other. After I admire the "gift", then I'm supposed to wrap it up, and give it back to them :)

Ticia said...

I haven't played Santa, but we've done the gift thing. I'm surprised my kids haven't thought to add Santa in.

Aging Mommy said...

Oh what a great idea for a game, it would make a nice change from playing princesses around here :-)

littlewondersdays said...

She's creative! Very sweet of her to want to be so thoughtful too.

Pathfinder Mom said...

I love it, that's so cute.

We haven't done Santa, but for some reason, Tornado Boy loves to play "waiter" with his play kitchen/bbq grill. I have to do the same thing and draw a line after so many "orders". I swear he'd play that all afternoon some days.

homeage said...

We don't play Santa, but Princess loves nothing more thhan finding a teddy (or her dummy), wrapping it up in one of her coloured scarfs and giving it to Dadda or I as a present. They certainly love being generous at this age, don't they? (Or playing at it, anyway! :) )

Christie - Childhood 101 said...

Why not add some cheap wrapping paper and tape and then you can extend your play by wrapping the presents too (great for fine and gross motor skills!)