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Learning Laboratory: Imagination

emma dresses for cold weather

Emma struggles to dress warmly. Long sleeves, hats, and long pants bother her. So does anything other than the softest fabric, which is part of why she wears the same outfits over and over (and over). Wintertime is always a particular challenge; given the choice she would prioritize staying home in her summer outfit over going out, even to go somewhere she loves.

Things are going better this fall, and imaginary play has a lot to do with it. She may struggle to dress warmly for an outing, but if it’s part of a game that’s entirely different! She put on the scarf, hat, and mittens of her own free will – and had Johnny playing along:

Johnny dresses up for winter - and clowns around

Is it just me, or is he pretending to lick a telephone pole? Hopefully he doesn’t try that outside this winter!

emma pushes johnny on the swing

Since they were halfway dressed already, it was almost no trouble to get Emma in the extra sweater and tights to play outside!

Lily loves to swing

We enjoyed a lovely autumn afternoon outside!

Emma playing outside

I’m proud of Emma for using her imagination to work through something she struggles with. And I’m thinking we need to make a pretend airport security station to help Johnny overcome his fear of TSA workers stealing his precious shoes – before we fly next month! Maybe some pretend airplane seats to practice sitting in, too?

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8 thoughts on “Learning Laboratory: Imagination”

  1. Wow! I thought maybe my Love was the only one who struggled with clothing issues. Hers extend to summer wear as well. It has to do with feeling too confined. Anything that rubs her the wrong way or is tight makes her really cranky (and difficult to dress and deal with!). We struggle with getting her to keep on her winter coat, and this year wearing a hat has become a problem too! We didn’t have that struggle before. Her biggest problem occurs when she gets strapped into her car seat…oh, how we have go-rounds sometimes! Any other suggestions on helping with this issue?
    .-= Mrs. B.´s last blog ..Menu Plan Monday – Nov 26 – Dec 1 =-.

  2. Way to go Emma! Hanna used to have some serious clothes issues. Thankfully she has slowly outgrown all of them, so I do know where you are coming from. Hers were with textures and the way they felt. Everything itched her.

    I LOVE that picture of Johnny licking–do you remember that from the movie Christmas Story? Wasn’t too fond of the movie, but the picture above made me think of it:-).
    .-= Susana´s last blog ..It’s Not Too Late for Operation Christmas Child! =-.

  3. I hope Emma outgrows her dislike of warm clothes. I remember Valerie at Frugal Family Fun having a very fun pretend game that involved airports.
    .-= Natalie´s last blog ..What My Child Is Reading =-.

  4. Emma looks adorable in her winter gear! What a wonderful way to work through her dislike of warm clothing.

    Johnny is so cute in his mismatched gloves and candy corn hat – it would be a real shame if he got himself stuck to a metal pole this winter!

    Lily is just precious in her fleecy pink jacket. I’m so pleased you were all able to go outside and enjoy the cool weather!
    .-= Elisa | blissfulE´s last blog ..first family camping trip =-.

  5. She definitely looks cozy! Love the candy corn hat! Has Johnny seen A Christmas Story? That’s what I always think of when I think of licking a telephone pole!
    .-= Jen´s last blog ..Apple Pie =-.

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