2/2012 We play a lot of pretend around here. Bee is pretty demanding/controlling as she stells us who we are and what we get to do. Some of her favorite characters are: Rapunzel, Mother Gothel, Tootless (chimuelo), Flynn Ryder, Hiccup, and the Super Readers.
One morning she was at the top of the stairs and pretended to let her hair down so that I could climb up to her tower. I got the idea to make her long hair. We found some brownish yarn in the basement and started working. I had her hold the skein while I cut of multiple lengths of the yarn. Then I secured one end with a hair elastic. She patiently held that end while I braided. There was so much yarn that it was time intensive at the beginning. The braiding alone probably took fifteen minutes, however, the result was priceless. She was so happy. She wore the braid all day, even to the library with her dad. She was so happy to play Rapunzel and have me 'climb' up her long hair. It doesn't look long on the stairs, but she was satisfied.
Other times she goes on to resolve her concern by herself and sometimes she just wants to tell me to do what she wants me to do. It’s fascinating to see her going through these thought processes and trying to associate her feelings with problems and then looking (sometimes even in a book, as is suggested by this cartoon show) for a solution. Sometimes this even makes less work for me.