PlayMobil – Sat 13th Dec 2014

By | December 13, 2014

PlayMobil has always been a big part of D’s life, even if she hadn’t actually played with it.

When she was in nursery, Reception and for much of Year 1, she’d carry a little bag around with her. Sometimes 2 or 3 bags, it depended on how much she needed them for security, to deal with the confusion and considerable anxieties she faced.

The bags were always full to bursting with plastic food (her peas and asparagus were firm favourites), little pieces of ribbon and Playmobil pieces, lots of Playmobil. She didn’t “play” with them, she didn’t know how. There was never any role-playing or commentary as these little bits and pieces were carried around, made all the more obvious as I’d be childminding girls of her age. They’d be off playing together, talking princesses and the such like, D would be putting her toys on the floor and pacing around them in a circle, eyes focused, zoned out.

Her need to carry a bag around everywhere has diminished since she joined SN school, being replaced by Bunny (good old Bunny, who has been there from the beginning) and a book, usually on Minecraft. Sometimes Rainbow Fairies but that’s very occasionally.

The lack of role play is something you get used to, the fact that toys bought because an interest had been shown wouldn’t be played with. It was difficult to accept and whenever I was asked what D would like as a gift, I’d say felt tip pens and paper because otherwise I’d feel that money would be wasted.

Today we decided to construct this:

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A Playmobil nativity set, D has now started to understand the meaning behind Christmas and I felt confident that the little figures and animals wouldn’t be spirited away, like so many little figures before them.

And then this happened:

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D was playing! Role-playing with the shepherd and Joseph! Admittedly it wasn’t Nativity-based, she was role-playing a confrontation between the two, because the shepherd was trying to take the baby. But there were differing voices used and everything. Lovely to watch and hear.

It didn’t last long and there was an aftermath of animals and figures strewn about, Mary had lost her headdress in the kerfuffle and the dove of peace looked anything but, but wonderful progress for our D. At 10.5 years, we’ve had a bit of uninitiated play and role play too. Fantastic. Christmas felt like it had come a tad early.

Glitter was happy too. I like to start my Saturday mornings with a brought in massimo decaf skinny mocha (thank you Hubbie) and it looked like she did too (albeit in the (clean) cup) which I’ve kept because I like the design.

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I hope everyone’s day has gone well Jx

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Sarah MumofThree World on 17th December 2014 at 5:33 pm.

That’s amazing! What a proud moment 🙂

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Jeannette on 20th January 2015 at 4:24 pm.

Thanks, it was lovely to see (and hear) x

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Jane - Our Little Escapades on 6th January 2015 at 10:05 am.

This really is lovely to read. We has a room full of toys that never get played with. We had a big sort out yesterday to make more room for the new things and most of the stuff looks brand new. Nursery will be pleased. I really hop it wasn’t a one off for you all x

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Jeannette on 20th January 2015 at 4:25 pm.

The amount of stuff we’ve charity-shopped over the years… still at least I know what they will and won’t accept now x

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