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Reality vs. a Child’s Imagination, as Told By Illustrations

Thanks to the LEGO® Group for sponsoring this post.

My daughter’s imagination is something to behold. I often see her sprinting though the house, or very intensely focusing on something that appears mundane, and wonder, what exactly is she up to?

The way she can turn the world around her into something fantastic never ceases to amaze me. What might look like trash or clutter to me, could be a vivid scene that’s playing out in her mind. Our backyard is a place where leprechauns roam, monsters await in our garage, and why sleep in a bed when you can pretend you’re a champion trampoline jumper?

When you’re young, everything is just a bit more magical.

And so I constantly have to remind myself that she and I see the world very differently (like when I want her to brush her teeth but her dolls are too busy practicing their backstroke). To get a better look inside her mind, I asked her to describe to me what she sees when she plays. We then had a designer create illustrations based on what she told me — and it is nothing short of awe-inspiring.

I see a backyard for BBQs and family gatherings:

Image Source: Heather Spohr
Image Source: Heather Spohr

She sees a dangerous jungle meant to be explored:

Image Source: Babble
Image Source: Babble

I see a kitchen where we cook pizza and chicken nuggets:

Image Source: Heather Spohr
Image Source: Heather Spohr

She sees a world class restaurant where she is the five-star chef:

Image Source: Babble
Image Source: Babble

I see a bathroom sink where we brush our teeth before bed:

Image Source: Heather Spohr
Image Source: Heather Spohr

She sees a swimming pool for her dolls:

Image Source: Babble
Image Source: Babble

I see a hallway in our home:

Image Source: Heather Spohr
Image Source: Heather Spohr

She sees a track meant for high-speed races:

Image Source: Babble
Image Source: Babble

I see a garage where we park our cars:

Image Source: Heather Spohr
Image Source: Heather Spohr

She sees a terrifying lair where monsters are lying in wait:

Image Source: Babble
Image Source: Babble

I see a fireplace meant for decoration:

Image Source: Heather Spohr
Image Source: Heather Spohr

She sees a stage worthy of Taylor Swift:

Image Source: Babble
Image Source: Babble

I see a front yard where our dog runs around:

Image Source: Heather Spohr
Image Source: Heather Spohr

She sees a magical place where leprechauns live:

Image Source: Babble
Image Source: Babble

I see our dog, Rigby, looking for a snack:

Image Source: Heather Spohr
Image Source: Heather Spohr

She sees a lion in need of taming during her circus show:

Image Source: Babble
Image Source: Babble

I see stacks of LEGO® DUPLO® bricks:

Image Source: Heather Spohr
Image Source: Heather Spohr

She sees the endless beauty of the New York City skyline:

Image Source: Babble
Image Source: Babble

I see a couch where we sit and watch TV:

Image Source: Heather Spohr
Image Source: Heather Spohr

She sees a ship she captains across the sea:

Image Source: Babble
Image Source: Babble

It has been a long time since I’ve seen the world through a child’s eyes. Thanks to my daughter, I’ve realized how important it is to remember that things in this world can be so much more than they appear. 

Inspire your child to build happy with LEGO DUPLO Play Sets and watch their imagination and curiosity grow, brick by brick.

Article Posted 11 months Ago

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