Imaginary games are my all-time favorite childhood pastime, but they are nearly impossible to capture on film. For example, I’ll try to capture Lily pretending to be an airplane, and all I get is this:
Most of the time I don’t even try, because sometimes I pull out my camera and destroy the magic of their game by disrupting its flow. That’s the last thing I want to do! Once they get a plot line going, they play for hours on end – without fighting, whining, or crying. They learn to narrate a story, collaborate, lead, and how to solve problems. And they apply knowledge they are gaining in other areas.
Take that top photo, for instance. Mike was pruning our trees, and the kids used the branches to create a lean-to. I’m sure you noticed Johnny, but Emma is there too. She is simply camouflaged, as she explained – remembering our recent lesson on the topic!