Sometimes all it takes to keep daughter blissfully happy for a couple of hours is a pan with water and some colorful shells and glass stones. There was a lot of splashing and swimming in the lake and, of course, not before long “fishing” started. All the inhabitants of the lake were fished out and laid out to dry. I pointed out to Anna that this is exactly what happens to real lakes when humans overfish. She replied rather logically that this is a pretend lake and pretend fish and we can put it back into the lake anytime we want. So her little dolls had a lot of fish for dinner followed by “chocolate rocks” dessert. In the end all “fish” returned to its decorative jobs inside the house.
Come and Play at Childhood 101.