Dinosaurs and baby dolls have been having heart attacks left right and centre at our house this week. Barbie is an expert at calling an ambulance and offering first aid. The Doll’s house has been turned into a hospital complete with a lack of beds and a long waiting list and the Bindi doll who was previously a dedicated vet has suddenly had a change in vocation and is using her stethoscope on people.
Some people might be alarmed by all the hospital play. Some people might be a little mortified when their child brings home their diary writing piece title ‘The Day the Ambulance Came to Our House’ with a blow by blow run down (complete with Grade one creative spelling) of the somewhat traumatic event. But I’m not those people. I’m pleased to see my children using the tools they know best to deal with a new and difficult situation.
We’ve talked about what happened a lot. I’ve explained and reassured and answered questions as best I can. But they are little… and when you are little you need time to work through new, strange and scary stuff like this.
I am pleased to see all the hospital play. I am supporting the hospital play. I’m digging out more bandages and making cardboard beds to try and reduce hospital waiting lists.
Dramatic play, creativity and imaginative play are the best ways for young children to work through, replay and sort out tricky, new, difficult, or traumatic events and emotions. These are the tools they know best. This is the way they learn and sort out the world – even the seven year olds. This tells me that they are working it all out. This tells me that they are ok.
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