Isabelle wanted to use my Pilates box while I was using my tower this morning. I got it for her.
“Which side do you want? The flat top or the inside?” I asked.
“Inside,” she replied confidently.
I lifted the box to the center of the room, placed it upside down, and went back to my exercises. That’s when Isabelle went to work.
She decided to make the box into a boat. She put the cup inside, since she wanted refreshment. She gathered some books, because she knows you’ve gotta have reading material. Then, she went back and forth between her room and the room where the boat was docked to add stuffed animals and blankets. I wasn’t sure she’d be able to fit inside, but she did.
She played inside of her boat for almost a half hour, giving me more than enough time to get my body ready for the day ahead. As much as I loved the time for myself, I relished in watching her create a whole play scenario for herself. There’s no way this would’ve happened six months ago. Her play is really evolving. What a treat it is to get to witness the way her pretend play is growing.
But the neat freak in me has to admit what my favorite part was… she cleaned up! All of the stuffed animals, books, and blankets went back at the end of her sea journey. All that was left for me to do was to but the Pilates box back in the corner of the room!