I slept in on Friday morning, as it was a public holiday. The girls woke up before me and cuddled right in. We had had grand plans for a day out, but in the end, I was scrambling to put lunch and breakfast together while the children played.
To make sure that they weren't dying of hunger while I put pancakes together for breakfast, I put the blocks and the animals in the kitchen. THe kids ignored it someewhat - husband was chasing Anjali to play piano and put on her eye drops, and then they did some costumes and reading and by the time they were done, the breakfast was ready. So they didnt really look at this properly until after breakfast.
Then they started building enclosures for the Hippo and Giraffe. Let me clarify a little. Sophia first started making the enclosures. She walled up the animals with her 3.5 year old skills and built tight walls around them. Then Anjali came in.
"You cant keep animals in such small enclosures. It is cruel and they need space to move!" So the animal rights activist built complete enclosures for the hippo.
This one has a lake, some grass, a seashell with water and a pile of brown seeds, which alternated between hippo food and hippo poo in different versions of the play.
The Giraffe enclosure was a equally sophisticated, with sand at the bottom, a tree, a water container and the pellets combination.
Anyway, that was over an hour of play which encompassed a lot of skills - construction, animal rights, pretend play, business acumen, potion making, fine motor skills etc.