As a follow-up to yesterday’s real (breakfast!) picnic, today Veronika and I moved the play inside with some teddy bears (and other stuffed friends).
I’ve often tried to follow a gender-neutral parenting method, and Travis and I have had our share of tea parties (sometimes with cars as guests). But I have to admit, I’m excited for moments of being a “girl mom” and imagining many tea parties with Veronika to come. Today was our first!
Nine months old is definitely not too young to introduce imaginative play; in fact, it’s perfect timing! Your baby won’t “get” it yet, but will love imitating your motions, and the concepts will start to sink in.
First, I just laid out the tea set. Veronika was intrigued…
I set out a cup and plate for each guest at the party. Hmm, who were these new friends?
Then I made made a big show of pouring tea for each guest, and making sure everyone had a sip.
Now Veronika loved it!
Then everyone got yummy real snacks.
(Although sometimes plates are even yummier).
She was so happy with the whole interaction, and kept playing even after I walked away.