If you ask Little Bear what he dreamt about he will, at least 90% of the time, say “Goldilocks”.
I’m not sure where this came from or how it started, but the stories he comes out with are great. Every dream starts the same, “I dreamt about Goldilocks, she went outside and it was raining…”
From here the stories start. So far she has jumped in puddles with her welly boots, tried some porridge (not that original Little Bear), fed porridge to a cat, and thrown a rabbit to the other cat. And they always end with, “And she was happy. The end.”
Whether these have any bearing on his real dreams or not is a complete mystery, it may well all be his waking imagination concocting these stories. Either way, I think it’s pretty cute and makes for a much better story time than some of the books he chooses!
Having trained in childcare I know he’s still young to be coming up with stories of his own, and to have an understanding of story structure. I know he has really good language skills and that this contributes to his imaginary play. So, does every child have the capability to understand and develop stories from this age? Is it just a case of unlocking the language to allow it?
I’m not sure of the answer, or even how you could test it. But does it even matter? Every child develops in their own way and in their own time. And whatever age they begin telling stories and adding narrative to their play it will be magical, absorbing, and, above all, hilarious!