One day (last summer), the girls were busy playing and thinking-up imaginary horses. Their herds of horses were getting quite large, apparently, and they were having trouble remembering all their names. They both brought out little notebooks, and I acted as secretary as they dictated their horses’ names to me.
This was a good start, but they really wanted to keep track of each horse’s color, as well. And maybe what each particular horse likes to eat. So, I invited them to help me create a fill-in form to keep track of their herds.
These little horse catalogs, as I call them, were quite the hit of the summer. We punched a hole in the corner of each sheet and kept them together on a binder ring. The girls wrote and colored and imagined and played – while I reveled in the great writing practice they were doing!
We have since done similar forms for fairies, fancy cakes, and birds (real and imaginary). If your kids are into this kind of play, maybe they would enjoy making their own forms and catalogs. Have fun!
P.S. If you know someone who would have fun creating horses, here’s the form we made (pdf):
Imaginary Horse Catalog Form