entertaining storytimes with spirit!

My post this week is a little bit different than usual. This creation isn’t based on a specific story and probably will never make it’s way to the library. My 4 year old daughter, lil’ A, has a stuffed bunny that goes everywhere with her. When she draws a picture of her family there is Mommy, Daddy, A, and Hoppy. We hung the stockings and A asked if there was one for Hoppy too. Well, there is now!

I purchased a plain red felt stocking at JoAnn’s for 60% (less than $2.50) and created a felt bunny as decoration and to show who the stocking belongs. Lil’ A and Hoppy were thrilled with the results.

My closest girlfriend criticizes how I encourage her imaginative play with Hoppy. Hoppy sometimes eats dinner with us, holds hands between us, and is always included in play. I feel strongly that this level of creative play fosters the growth of her Narrative Skills, making her a stronger reader later on. A’s attachment is not unhealthy, she can step away from Hoppy without meltdown and there are limitations on where Hoppy is allowed to go (she stays in the backpack at school and in the car when at places A would not be able to carry her). She uses her stuffed friend as a way to enhance her experience.

Visit Linda at Notes from the Story Room for the final Friday Flannel Round-up of 2011!

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Comments on: "#FlannelFriday A Stocking for Hoppy" (7)

  1. Sorry! My last post went wonky! :-{ Here it is in better format. (Please just delete the first one.):

    Good for you! It is important as Moms to trust ourselves and follow our own hearts when it comes to our children ~ no matter what our friends say. 😉

    Recent research has given you some back-up though. Lol! They have found that imaginative children are more comfortable in unfamiliar situations and more successful in school-type settings because they are more willing to try new things and take risks. They are actually more secure, believe it or not. 🙂

    Based on his study of creative play in preschoolers, Yale professor emeritus of psychology Jerome Singer with research scientist Dorothy Singer wrote, The House of Make-Believe: Children’s Play and the Developing Imagination. The authors confirm that children with make-believe friends tend to be more imaginative, have richer vocabularies, and are better able to entertain themselves. Singer also discovered that children with imaginary friends get along better with classmates. 

    Btw, the stocking is wonderful and your daughter is adorable! She is very lucky to have such a loving, talented Mom!

    • Thank you so much for your kind words. I adore that little girl and can testify to the power of the Every Child Ready to Read initiative. Since the moment she took her first breath, we have tried to do everything possible to foster her imagination through books, play, and varied experience. Sometimes it’s so nice to be reminded that you are on the right path.

  2. Moxie, I think it’s great that Hoppy got his own stocking!

  3. Yes, yes, yes!! A thousand yeses! Hippyish lucky to have A and you! I love Hoppy’s outfit.

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