My daughters will hopefully grow up to be the best of friends. At 3.5 years apart they will hopefully be not-so-close to fight over clothes and boyfriends but far enough apart to appreciate their relationship.
Already, at almost-eighteen months my youngest looks up to her four year old sister with awe. She copies her, walks like her, dances like her and takes cues from her on how to behave (both good and bad!)
They are at different stages of social development for sure, but that doesn’t mean that they don’t play with some of the same toys. They just play in different ways. The thing is, as they play they are teaching each other things, even though they don’t realize it.
As a Fisher Price Play Mom, I get the opportunity to test new and best selling Fisher Price toys with the kids and this month one of the items we were sent was the Little People Disney Princess Songs Palace (available at Toys R Us at a SRP of $49.99). Best for 18 months to 5 years old, this was something that my girls are on opposite ends of the age spectrum on yet both jumped at the opportunity to play with it.
Last month I shared how Fisher Price is helping parents with the Joy Of Learning Playtime Guide – sharing how particular toys help teach children in 12 ways (or Elements of Enrichment, if you want to be fancy!)
Dollhouses like this one are recommended in the guide because of 4 Elements of Enrichment: Security & Happiness, Imagination & Creativity, Curiosity & Discovery and Fine Motor skills. I love how these Elements of Enrichment can cover the span of ages between my daughters – Nevaeh is learning through Imagination & Creativity when she role-plays with the Little People Cinderella and Snow White figures and Everleigh is developing her Fine Motor skills simply by holding them!
Best of all, they’re learning how to play together and get along, something I hope continues through the years. Oh I know there will be days when they hate each other, and possibly some hair pulling and tears along the way, but if they can grow up close and have each other to depend on (with the protection of their big brother!) then I can feel satisfied I did my job raising these two princesses well.