Pretend play is a big part of our everyday routine. Staley loves to pretend, everything from watching a parade to going to school to playing at the park to giving her stuffed animals medicine and changing their diapers. She asks for help setting up all 26 animals from her Little People's Zoo so that she can lead them in music class. She will give them pretend instruments and sing to them. The other morning as I was getting ready in the bathroom, Staley was having circle time with a few bottles of shampoo. I love how her imagination works.
Yesterday, Staley wanted to play 'Halloween.' She put on her Halloween costume, and then pretended to put Halloween costumes on Yellow Bear, Pink Bear, and Blue Bear. Pink Bear was also Wonder Woman, while Yellow Bear and Blue Bear were Peter Pan (which was her cousin Liam's costume this year.) Then she pretended to pick up a bucket and trick or treat. I went behind a door so she could knock on it. Staley knocked and said, "Trick or treat." I pretended to hand her some candy. Staley replied, "No. Real candy."
Pretend is good, but some things are just better when they're real. And Staley is right--candy is one of them.