Saturday, May 17, 2014

Imaginative Play: Peter Pan in Neverland



"LITTLE BOYS SHOULD NEVER BE SENT TO BED.
 THEY ALWAYS WAKE UP A DAY OLDER." -Peter Pan

Peter Pan has always been one of my favorite characters. There's just something so endearing about a little boy who refuses to grow up. As an adult I've come to love him even more, since my son insists on watching the DVD over and over and over again. My little guy is turning four in a couple of weeks and he told me the other day he does not want to be four, he likes being three. Peter Pan immediately came into my thoughts as he said that and a Peter Pan birthday party theme came into the making. I knew he would enjoy pretending to be Peter Pan and the photos would be awesome on the invitations. My teenager even got into the fun by playing Tinkerbell and helping to make her own Tink dress. So off we went to Neverland.


My little Peter Pan was ecstatic. In the Neverland forest, he explored the surroundings, played with woodland creatures (he found a rabbit and a squirrel) and fought imaginary pirates and Captain Hook (who dad willingly pretended to be). He also had a lot of fun playing with Tinkerbell (his sister). The fact that she participated in his imaginary fun truly melted my heart.


 Playing in Pixie Hollow


Childhood is a magical time, and for me, it is important to make as many memorable moments as I can with my kids in this season of their lives. Is it always easy and convenient? No, but it is worth making the time and sharing these experiences with them. As I am realizing with my now fourteen year old, these years are fleeting and before I know it, unlike Peter Pan, they will grow up.





Imaginative play is important for child development. Here are some great articles about how creative and imaginative play is beneficial for children:


So whether it's in Neverland or in your child's room having high tea with the Queen,
Happy Pretending!



















16 comments:

  1. Looks like a great time, and I love the photos!

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  2. Thank you, Ashley! My little guy had a blast! He loves pretending ;)

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  3. What a great way to make outdoor time a little more fun. The possibilities are endless.

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  4. Thank you, Mae! Yes they are!

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  5. How fun! I love that you doctored the pictures too! My oldest daughter went through a Peter Pan phase too and we play it a lot! She wore green everyday and wore the hat I made her. It was a lot of fun!

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    1. Thank you, Camille. Peter Pan is the best. That's so cute that your daughter loved it, too!

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  6. An adorable post with some lovely photos. The one of your 14 year old is stunning. I wish I could stop my own growing up so fast, and me getting older come to that but since I can't I'm with you all the way on helping develop their imaginations and there is so much in nature that is perfect for this. A very Happy birthday to your 4 year old and thank you for joining me for Country Kids.

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    1. Thank you so much. Sometimes I think my 14 year old is too grown up already to do stuff like this, but when she asked to make her dress and play Tinkerbell, it opened my eyes to how kids (as they get older) do desire to be young and play and imagine!

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  7. Such a lovely idea and the photos look truly magical! #CountryKids

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  8. What a lovely idea. Your son looks liks he was completely absorbed in the activity.

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    1. Yes, he totally was into being Peter Pan!

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  9. How adorable!! My youngest turned 1 at the beginning of the month and my oldest turns 11 at the end of the month. I am all too aware of just how fast time flies and my children are growing up! Thanks for sharing via Family Fun Friday.

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    1. Sure! Thank you for looking! They do grow up way too fast for my liking..

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  10. Gorgeous post and I am going to feature it on the Kids Coop

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