Playing pretend is so convoluted.
Working in information technology, I deal with contingency and complexity. Nested if conditionals and then outcomes.
In preschool play, things are far more fluid. The world building is intricately complex and mysterious. I ask a lot of questions meriting, “are you not paying attention,” responses. There seems to borrow from real life, fandoms, and random tangents.
For instance, the current game:
- Fleur is Elsa. I am Anna. From Frozen.
- Olaf and Sven are dead because a dinosaur stepped on them.
- Various dolls are our kids. (A girl, a cow, a rabbit, and a lamb.)
- We flew on a plane to Costa Rica. This came from asking if her teacher told her about her trip there.
From the outside, IT probably looks this arbitrary and eclectic. But, I promise we know what we are doing.