How does the imagination develop? How does a baby learn to pretend? I’m not sure but it’s amazing to watch…
Here, Anneliese was wrapping Joey’s “baby” in a burp cloth as a blanket. Then she pretended to nurse the baby. After that, she folded another burp cloth on the floor as a bed, and lay the baby down on it and said “night!” I mean, I know where she learned those things, but what clicked in her brain to tell her to mimic those actions as “the mama”?
And here, her wooden duck is nursing… on her toy car’s headlight, which apparently is a good enough nipple for a wooden duck. Anneliese said “nurse! nurse!” while carefully lining up the beak with the headlights.
And obviously the car needs a driver… so she stuffed this mouse into the handle of it before pushing it around the coffee table.
A friend sent us this wooden shoe toy, and even though it’s clearly not a shoe, Anneliese understands that it represents a shoe. And she tried to put it on her foot, while giggling between announcements of “ssshhhhhoe! feet!”
And back to her “little mother” instincts, after carrying her baby doll around in her boba mini for a while, she took it out and strapped it into her high chair (she’s very good at buckling buckles!) while announcing “ssstak!” (snack)
Here, she’s carefully stirring stuffed tomatoes in a pot. She brought me one in her toy ladle when her soup was done, to taste.
And just before I took this picture, she had been feeding spoonfuls of dried coconut to Sophie the giraffe, saying “ahhhh” and then making *CHOMP* noises as she touched the spoon to Sophie’s nose.
I’m really not sure how the imagination develops, but I’m loving every moment of getting to witness it. And I’m so glad (and proud) for the sweet, nurturing behaviors Anneliese is showing in her pretend-play. It makes me feel like my husband and I must be doing something (or a lot of somethings) right.