This is what I love:
Being there when children's play takes off and being privileged enough to be invited along for the ride.
It can be sparked by something as simple as paper on the writing table:
which had one three year old writing tickets:
And before you know it we are off to the movies.
First you must be appropriately accessorised:
Props must be fetched from all corners of the room:
Chairs assembled into rows:
Food and drinks are bought and consumed:
At last it is time to settle back and enjoy the show.
But wait - one canny three year old remembers that movies need a sound track.
A CD is played:
And then its time to dance.
We scaffold their play with a comment here or supporting social interactions there. We supply the resources that are needed and a secure adult base for our younger ones. Mostly we just try to hang on as we are carried swiftly along by the amazing imaginations and deep engagement of these very young beings.
Tough job, but someone has to do it!