Walking into the dining room she calls out, "I gonna play mama. Keep sis away from me!".
No further words need to be exchanged. I understand her plan.
She rounds the large dining room table, heading to the small wooden cabinet. Her little fingers grab the knob as she bends down to peer in.
She sees it!
There lies the plastic case. With excitement, she grabs it and eagerly runs to the head of the table. Placing the case there, she uses her strength to pull out the heavy chair. Like an acrobat, she contorts her body then pulls the case towards her.
Opening it, she begins to prepare her space.
Grabbing the large green carpet, she pulls herself on the edge of the table and begins to unfold. Her arms extend as she smooths out the wrinkles.
The pitch is up!
One then two plastic goals emerge from the case. Following the marks on the mat, she meticulously places one. Grabbing the other, carefully she repeats the motion at the other end. During this time, she pulls out the lone orange shirted male figure. Meant to be the referee, she prefers he stand guard on one of the goals, and so there she places him.
It is ready for the girls, the soccer girls.
She buries her head into the case. She is searching with a purpose.
"Maevie, come here! I've got something for you!" she yells to her baby sister.
Hearing the voice and her name, Maeve enters. As she gets closer to her older sister, more instructions are given.
"Don't touch, Shiny!" she says, "You can have these two". She hands Maeve two plastic girls frozen mid-stride while kicking soccer balls. Their purple and pink jerseys look bright in her tiny hand.
"No go away!" she finishes. Obviously her good nature ends with this act.
She returns to her project. She places her hand into the case and pulls out a plastic pony-tailed girl wearing a purple jersey.
"Number 24" she says. "You go here!" Onto the mat she places the purple girl.
She continues her routine: pulling out, saying a number, then placing it with its color coordinated team mate onto the mat.
She finishes, and an audible "ta-dah" is heard in the adjoining room.
Grabbing the small soccer ball, she is ready to begin their game.
There are very few things that can successfully keep the attention of my three year old. Knowing her affinity for soccer, this thoughtful gift has become a favorite in our house for both of us.
This post was inspired by Mama Kat's Pretty Much World Famous Writing Prompt:
4.) Share a favorite craft or game that will keep your kids busy for at least 20 minutes.