When Imagination Play Goes Slightly Wrong

Little Z and I love going out for walks together. It’s some quality “us” time and he’s now old enough to request visits to places. At the moment one of his favourite places to go is to “see the elephants”. I.e The big model elephant exhibition that’s currently at the Trafford centre.

There are about 20 or 30 dotted around the entire shopping centre and are in different poses and colourfully decorated. He loves running from one to the other and saying hello and goodbye to them all.

We didn’t realise they had moved on and Little Z was a bit disappointed but it was easy enough to distract him with prawn crackers and noodles for lunch and then a walk around the place which he always likes. (When he’s willing to hold my hand that is!).

As we queued up to pay for something and I willed the slow moving folk in front of me to get a move on, Little Z spotted something that made his eyes light up. About 10 yards from the till. Why do you torment parents like this shops? Why?? We almost make it to the till after getting the toddlers to put down the 15th toy they’ve picked up in the place, our stress levels are returning to normal and BAM you go and put a whole range of eye catching toys next to the pay desks.


Little Z spotted a whole plethora of Bob the Builder toys. He loves singing the Bob the Builder song and is very into using “tools” to “fix things” like the wheels of his tricycle. These days you regularly find it upside down as he uses a plastic spoon to fix one of the tyres.

As he has a pretty empty toolbox, and as he’d been so good all day, I let him pick one from the range. After discouraging him from picking the power saw and mini power tools we decided the play drill would be a good choice.

He was very pleased with his new tool and after a few minutes of drilling thin air he decided to use it as a hairdryer. Cute. Till I realised what it looked like against his temple, walking through a very busy Trafford centre. Putting a drill (even a toy one) to your head never looks that great does it?

“Umm…please don’t do that”

“But my hairdrying mummy. Zzzzzzuzzh!”

Oh – well that’s ok then. Sort of.

He carried on for a bit longer alternating between the “multitude” of functions. Hairdrying and drilling thin air as we walked back to the car and talking at random strangers offering impromptu hair drying sessions.

No-one took him up on his offer.

Maybe next time we’ll buy a book.


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42 thoughts on “When Imagination Play Goes Slightly Wrong”

  1. Hahaha bless him! That is so cute!! Who cares what people thought lol – HE knew he was blow drying his hair! Hilarious 🙂 The Trafford Centre is a firm favourite of ours too.

  2. My son was given a tiny ‘video camera’, which was really cute until we realised he thought it was some sort of semi-automatic weapon and he really was ‘shooting’ everyone!
    Wish I’d seen you in the Trafford Centre, it would have brought a big smile 🙂

  3. Aw the elephants went about two weeks ago – we popped up the day before with a little man who adores elephants – the centre looks a bit empty without them now!

  4. Brilliant I can just see him doing this as you walk briskly through the Trafford Centre. You have to laugh don’t you! We had a chap round to do a quote today. POD was here and her opening line was “hello I been doing lots of farts”. Great 🙂

  5. I guess you are saying it was like he was holding a gun to his temple. That brings back memories of the Summer. I surprised myself and bought Aaron a few water pistols. As I’d ALWAYS sworn I would never ever buy my son a gun nor let him play with one, I really really surprised myself.
    As for hair dryers he loves drying mine, bless him.
    Great post and Z sounds adorable.
    Liska xx

  6. This is the sort of thing my son is up to now as well….with full on sound effects.

    Bet it was really funny, although slightly cringeworthy for you

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