Think back, for a moment, about a memory you have when you were a little girl.
You were playing with something (a doll, a kitchen set, even a toy car) and for several minutes you completely forgot that the real world even existed.
You were swept away by your own imagination and it made you happy.
It made you blissfully happy.
As a parent, those moments when I can hear my girls in the other room with their sweet falsetto voices and occasional excited, “Let’s pretend that…” just fill my heart to the brim.
What if, though, we could allow those imaginations to expand into other activities? What if this imaginary world could move beyond the bedroom floor?
It’s an intriguing question. Is it possible to make the magic of pretend play even more enchanting?
Yep. Let me wave my wizard’s wand and show you…
The New-Fangled Way to Play
Old fashioned way to play was to dump your toys on the floor, pick out the doll that seemed the least mangled (and was at least partially dressed) and then make up some kind of adventure (or romance, depending on your tween hormones).
But things have changed a bit since we were little.
We have so many more opportunities to sprinkle in some learning and speckle your child’s memories with meaning. Not only can our kids play with the toys at home, they can watch videos of their favorite dolls on the way to Grandma’s and even participate in this world of make-believe with a few clever crafts!
Did you catch that last sentence? Let me slow it down a hair so you don’t miss it’s significance.
Your little girl + cute baby animal + doll with combable hair = Best. Gift. Ever.
My Bella picked Bree Bunny and had so much fun making her adorb headband that she begged me to let her wear it to school the next day. (Of course I said yes, because ADORBS.)
Meet Bree Bunny
Bree Bunny and her special animal, Twist, are the perfect friend for the little girl who cannot sit still. With matching whiskers, a carrot-print skirt and feet wrapped in rabbits, everything about these two says bounce.
Meet Felicity Fox
Felicity Fox and her animal twin Flick, are the idea doll for the daughter who likes to sneak snacks to the dogs under the table. Both the doll and the pet feature silky hair and brown furry tails. With matching furry tails and silky brown hair,
Meet Karina Koala
Karina Koala and her pet Dab are content to just sit back and smell (or in Dab’s case, eat) the eucalyptus. Does that sound like a little girl in your family? Who perhaps sits back and prefers to watch all the action, instead of being in the center of it?
Meet Patter Peacock
Patter Peacock and her bestie Flap are dressed to impress. Crown, feathers, a fuzzy vest…they are the ideal inspiration doll for the fashionista in your family.
Meet Lorna Lamb
Lorna Lamb is a one-of-a kind, that’s for sure. She and her animal friend, Flag, like to keep busy with all kinds of sheep sporting events. (Ever see Babe?) Her fluffy hair has made her my Elena’s absolute favorite Enchantimal
Meet Sage Skunk
If I had had the opportunity to play with Enchantimals
Crafting Up a Few Memories
The problem with new things is that they only stay “new” for so long. Then they end up stuffed at the bottom of a drawer, naked. (At least, all of our dolls end up naked…)
That’s when the craft comes in. Doing a related craft will draw your child deeper into the “world” she is creating in her mind. Even better, it is also a brilliant way to make an “old” toy feel new again.
My friend Jen found these precious headbands that matched the Enchantimals
- Koala Ear Inspiration on Pinterest
- No-Sew Fox Ears by Bits Fashion
- Bunny Ears Headband by The Sweet Escape
Keeping a Good Thing Going
So we’ve seen the magic happen on the floor of the living room, as they dive into their own private make believe world. We’ve seen the magic happen at the kitchen table, with felt a glue gun and flowers.
Why not keep a good thing going on the way to Grandma’s house? Enchantimals
Let your child watch a few episodes and plant the seed for a few new pretend-play adventures to recreate on the bedroom floor tomorrow.
My younger girls LOVE these new dolls, it’s kinda their new thing. I love that it is helping them exercise their imaginations at a price that is pretty easy to afford. ($8! That’s shocking to me, really.)
I know, now that we’ve made headbands and watched a few episodes, this is a “toy stage” that’s going to stick around a while. I have a lot of Barbies that will hit the donate pile in the next few years, but these little Enchantimals
Now is the perfect time to start your own enchanting collection. Which one will you start with first?
I would like to give a special shout-out to my good friend Jen Boucher who, having pity on my tragic history with crafts, volunteered to help me find a craft that would inspire the girls to new heights of imagination. Thank you, Jen!
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Heather is the Chief Encouragement Officer here at MightyMoms.club and has been writing and encouraging parents online since 2007. She’s a Certified Gentle Sleep Coach, has been a featured parenting expert writer on blogs like DaveRamsey.com, SimpleKids.net, Cafe Mom, and others. If it’s 2am and you’re desperate to read SOMETHING, check out her deepest darkest secrets, including why she really shouldn’t be allowed to blog.