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Hi Mamas---I've never posted in this forum before , just lurked. I've got a 16 month old dd, Baylee. She's got quite the imagination. I thought that "pretending" came later in life. Her's started really early, we used to (still do) pretend to feed eachother with big kitchen spoons. That started at like 7 months WOW!!!<br><br>
Anyway, we have this little umbrella that you clamp onto a stroller, well she found it and decided it was a vacumn cleaner! She's been "vacumning" the house for two days now! I'm just in awe, I mean who else could take an umbrella and turm it into a vacumn cleaner? Sometimes she makes a "varoom, varoom" sound too <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">.<br><br>
So how does your dear child(ren) use their imagination?
 

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Isn't it cool to see their little minds going? Ben has a baby he loves. He carries baby around all the time. Most of his pretending involves pretending to feed baby, take care of baby, kiss baby's boo boos, etc. He also loves fake food! He is always pretending to eat and drink with the fake food. He even made up his own sign for "pretend" while we were on vacation last month. He had a little pool out there, and I did not feel like filling it with water at the time, so I told him to pretend. He did the sign, said "ten" and then proceeded to pretend to fill the pool with water and splash around. It was soo cool!<br><br>
Oh and also on vacation, he had a pretend tea party (of course DH calls it poker nite, since boys dont have tea parties LOL!) A friend gave us a box of toys so we didnt have to take ours on the plane. In it was a small picnic set. One day I looked over at DS and he had all his guys sitting around a table (baby, pooh, woody) and was setting out plates and cups for them. I had to take pictures!<br><br>
Jenn & Ben 2.5
 

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My DD (17 months) is super imaginative too. She puts her stuffed animals in her booster chair and makes them eat, makes them drink, things like that. She also has her cupboard in the kitchen and pretends to cook while I am cooking. the other day I caught her "singing" the song "open-shut them" and doing the gestures herself, and then making her teddy bear do them. It was just too precious. Of course I tried to sneak the video camera and she heard the "ping" and stopped.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/ROTFLMAO.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rotflmao"><br><br>
I love the imaginations of children.
 

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My dd (2.5) also has a rich imagination, and is very dramatic (quite the toddler actress). She loves to act out scenes from books we've read and movies she's seen....or just "be" the characters for a few hours. We are never just Mom and Daughter for an entire day....either I am Bagheera and she is Mowgli, or I am Marlin and she is Nemo, or I am Anastasia and she is Cinderella, or I am the Cheshire Cat and she is Alice....etc....and then all of her stuffed toys and dolls are given the roles of the rest of the characters in the story.<br>
The really amazing thing is that she can stay in character for hours...and literally WILL NOT answer to her given name. If you mess up and call her by her real name, she will say "what did you call me? I am Alice!"<br><br>
Children's imaginations are the *best! My dd reminds me that I have gotten way too serious as I've grown up....must look at the world more playfully....
 

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Children's imaginations are the best! It is so cool- my dd began having imaginary friends at about when she was just over 2 1/2-- I accidently sat on one of them (the seahorse) and she was horrified and had to pull the seahorse spines off me and put them back on the imaginary sea horse.
 

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My dd is 16mo too. For the last 3 months she will pick imaginarry "barries" from my or dh's hands and either eat them or feed them to dh and I. What a silly girl. She has a great imagination!<br><br>
She is really into squeezing pretend lotion from any soart of bottle and rubbing on herself, dh or I.
 

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Ds, now 15 months has been playing a knid of dancing game with his stuffed animals for about 7 or 8 months. He likes to stand at the coffee table (or arm chair or floor) with a stuffed animal in each hand and have them kind of dance around as he sings a little song. It is so very cute.<br>
He also loves to "talk" on the phone. He can't usually get to the cordless phone but he likes to take the DVD remote and pretend it's a phone. He'll walk around the house talking to some imaginary caller, laughing sometimes and sometimes passing the phone over to me. It always cracks dh and I up. Who is he talking to?<br>
The way children just get lost in their imagination is so amazing and wonderful. I wish there was a way I could just sneak a peek at what ds was imagining.
 
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