Best Two Bucks

Turned out that Cameron was right. He knows what makes him happy, and it was indeed those long red straws at Urban Source. We’re not even talking about just being happy at choosing his own item at the store, at getting to carry them out, at running around in the park with them. They’re the best toy in the whole house right now, and it’s been so incredible to watch him play I thought I’d share. In just three days they’ve been

  • p2170004A sword
  • A walking stick
  • Used to drink from a cup on the floor while standing, and while sitting in a chair
  • Used to drink bath water (ew)
  • Held, several in his mouth, and called cat whiskers
  • Wings
  • Legs on his hands?
  • Bent to make letters – N, Z, L, M, V. I didn’t need bending.
  • A flute and a trumpet
  • A violin
  • A spoon
  • A broom
  • A bundle of wood for the fire (he then had to build a fireplace out of couch cushions)
  • Paddles
  • A baby
  • Pointers
  • Chopsticks
  • A hockey stick
  • Helicopter blades
  • Propellers
  • A rocket
  • Skis
  • Birthday candles
  • A dog’s tail, stuck in a playdough dog
  • A cat’s tail, stuck in his pants
  • A penis, of course
  • Binoculars
  • Knitting needles
  • Plug for some electrical appliance
  • A slide
  • A fence

… and more I’m sure I’ve missed, not understood, or forgotten.

The imagination at this stage is mindblowing. You watch other animals, and sure they’ll have fun – perhaps a kitten will play with a stick as if it’s a snake, bears will play with snowballs on Discovery Channel, and such. But this is the beginning of what sets us apart. This is imagination and creativity, and in sharing and including me in the play, he is building social awareness. When animals play, they are learning and rehearsing behaviours characteristic and essential to their species. Cameron is no different – he is learning what it is that makes us human, rehearsing behaviours that will ensure his success in years to come. Look out world!

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4 responses to “Best Two Bucks

  1. the best toys are the simple ones! =D
    – because they’re so “basic” that with imagination, they can become anything and everything.

    but huh.. i’ve never thought of the exercise of imagination at that age as rehearsal of behaviours essential to my future and survival as a species… although it makes a lot of sense from a neuroscience point of view!

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