Tuesday, September 16, 2008

The next great Orator?

Max's imaginary play has taken a fun turn lately. For a long time, it was all in his head - you'd see him moving toys around with definite intent and enjoyment, but exactly what was going on was anybody's guess.

No more - the imaginary play is now accompanied by full on dialog - sometimes in the form of conversations between one toy and another, and other times with Max addressing the toys as the leader of whatever action he is imagining. It is so much fun to watch the situations develop, the characters come out. His toys are gaining names (today we were joined by Edward and Travis - names that we have no idea where he got), and have tasks to accomplish.

The other day he gathered all of his cars and trucks on his parking garage where they could "watch a movie". The movie? Max standing in front of them singing the hokey pokey. Today he lined several of his people up on the chair so he could instruct them. He found his microphone, stood in front of them, and began issuing directions for building cages for a new zoo. He would throw in instructions like "be sure to be responsible" and "we all have a job to do here". My favorite was when Luke crawled over to join him, Max proceeded to tell the toys, "This is my brother Luke - he doesn't know how to play with you yet."




I just can't wait to see where this imagination and desire for leadership and direction take him - and feel pretty lucky to be along for the ride...

4 comments:

Peter Yue said...

unbelievable. max is such an amazing kid in so many ways. we are big fans over here at the yue household too. feel very blessed to know such a great kid who happens to have a great fam too. go max!

Erin said...

That's hilarious! Oh my dear Max!

emily said...

i love it! kids are so amazing, aren't they??

Gloria O said...

Max truly is amazing. I just love that he used the word "responsible". You and Dan do such a great job raising your boys. Always an inspiration for me!