After a busy day with my daughter, I ran out of energy and ideas for playtime activities. We were sitting on the sofa together taking a break. I was trying to regain motivation, and she was ready for the next activity- coaxing me to have another tea party.
As she scooted over to sit closer to me, she sat on top of an empty notebook of mine. I had hoped to use it earlier in the day to sketch and to write. That didn't happen.
She found a notebook filled with a lot of blank pages.
To my surprise, the empty pages did not dampen her excitement. As she picked up the notebook, she smiled widely and said, "Look, Mommy your book!"
Before I could respond, she opened it up and began pretending to read a story. With each turn of a page the story continued in great detail. She told a story about a princess with rainbow colored dresses.
We took a few turns telling more silly stories about princesses and puppies. It was so much fun to sit together making up the stories. It was a nice turn of events. I loved that our next playtime activity developed naturally.
This story time ended up being the best part of our day.
Who needs pictures and written words when you have an active imagination?