|The Lemurs get a ride to Madagascar|
Here is my participant observation of a few minutes of morning play. It begins when I have build a rough square structure from Duplo and Wren has named it "the Heekee Hole" for Baby Dinosaur to live in. Bad animals have threatened to attack.
Wren: "[Mama Dinosaur] is going to hide in the Heekee Tent. Now she is in the Heekee Tent! She is safe."
Me: Where is baby dinosaur?
Wren: He is in the Heekee Hole so he can't find anything to eat.
|The Heeky Hole with coconut palm|
Me: He can eat coconuts that fall off the coconut tree.
Wren: They are too small for him. He is a giant fella.
Me: There are quite a lot!
Wren: Okay. Gawp gaup gaup. He ate all the coconuts.
Wren: He ate all of them.
Me: But I told you baby dinosaur can eat them.
Wren: Oh, uh oh. BIG DINOSAUR ate them. The baby girl can plant some more. She can go in the Heekee Hole. I am going to eat some really quick because of that Godszillary Guy coming.
[Wren brings a little Duplo girl into the Heekee Hole and munches 'coconuts'.
|The BIG ONE who ate all the coconuts|
Wren: Mummy. Looks what comes running down.
Me: Is it a boulder?
Wren: It is a volcano. This is a volcano ERUPTING.
[The lego rocks enter the Heekee Hole]
It is coming into the Heekee Hole. Its falling.
[I squirt it with blocks of blue lego. ]
Wren: Now its cold. It still rushed in but it is cold.
Me: They can use it as a table now.
Wren: They will play with it.
Later, we went to Value Village and I found one of those 'excavation' kits where you get a block of plaster or sand and some tools to chisel into it. It was Egyptian themed. It said 6+ but Wren was very excited, having 'helped' Frost and Alex excavate a few weeks ago and been sidelined by the bigger boys.
We took it home and he dug and chiseled for a long while before I helped him get the sarcophagus out. Thereafter he painted all the pieces with the craft paints provided. It was a very worthwhile purchase.