My daughter is 5 and has always loved playing with her Little People. I struggled at Christmas figuring out whether or not to buy her more Little People because she will be 6 soon and it seems that she should be too old for them. I decided, however, that I could not pass up the cute little pink Little People bus because she has always liked to shove all of the people and animals into cars and caravan them around the house.
It’s almost a month after Christmas and she still plays with the Little People every day. I finally asked her today why she likes the Little People so much. Her answer was simple. “Mommy, I get to use my imagination when I play with them.” So I sat and watched her for a while…and I learned a LOT about her. Her world is very organized. The people are all related to each other somehow and take care of each other. They like to travel and go on adventures. Her Little People world sounds a lot like MY world!
It’s nice that in a house with a Gameboy, PC, PS2, and Wii, my daughter chooses to play on the floor in her imaginary world with her Little People day after day. I’ve decided that I need to spend more time playing in that world with her because imagination IS important.