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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  1. AtoZ Mummy September 30, 2013 / 6:37 am

    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. Sarah MumofThree World September 30, 2013 / 6:42 am

    Oh dear! Very funny. Can’t imagine why nobody took him up on his hair drying offer!

  3. Erica Price September 30, 2013 / 6:57 am

    Oh dear! Maybe hairdressing won’t be his chosen career. We have toys regularly used as other things too.

  4. Only Best For Baby September 30, 2013 / 7:20 am

    I couldn’t help but smile when I imagined Little Z doing this, but can also understand your angst as a Mummy! Bless! 🙂

  5. Mumof2.com September 30, 2013 / 7:24 am

    Too cute and as long as he was having fun!

  6. suzanne3childrenandit September 30, 2013 / 9:07 am

    Hmmm, yes it wasn’t the best choice of design was it?! Quite funny thought 😉 PS I’m with you on the whole shops putting stuff at the counter thing….just asking for trouble!

  7. Erika Holt September 30, 2013 / 9:15 am

    I love this post! Thank you for sharing, it made me smile!

  8. pinkoddy September 30, 2013 / 9:22 am

    Haha I wonder how you dry your hair then lol

  9. amanda walsh September 30, 2013 / 10:03 am

    We love the elephants to!

  10. TheBoyandMe September 30, 2013 / 11:29 am

    Whoops! I’m sure he raised a few smiles in between the people trying to escape quickly? 😉

  11. Sonya Cisco September 30, 2013 / 12:37 pm

    Haha bless him!

  12. sarahhillwheeler September 30, 2013 / 12:52 pm

    So sweet, I love stories that make me feel better about my own shopping trips!

  13. Jenny @ The Brick Castle September 30, 2013 / 1:00 pm

    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 🙂

  14. HonestMum September 30, 2013 / 1:29 pm

    Aw love this! I would have said yes, love a blow dry 😉

  15. MishMashMamma September 30, 2013 / 1:33 pm

    Aw, so cute! These are the moments that will make you smile when you both look back on them. 🙂

  16. MummyTries September 30, 2013 / 1:52 pm

    I love how innocent they are at this age. You know what he meant, and that’s all that matters #MagicMoments

  17. Louise September 30, 2013 / 2:00 pm

    lol they do look very similar though, can see his imaginative thinking! xx

  18. Colette September 30, 2013 / 2:44 pm

    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!

  19. Jaime Oliver September 30, 2013 / 4:09 pm

    lol lol i love the fact that this in fact would of been how my shopping trip could of ended. Joshua is exactly the same lol too cute 🙂

    Thanks for linking up with #MagicMoments

  20. Mammasaurus September 30, 2013 / 4:28 pm

    Oh bless – sort of Bob the Builder meets Nicky Clarke!
    Thanks for joining in with the Parenting Pin It Party x

  21. Charlotte September 30, 2013 / 4:31 pm

    Shopkeepers are very mean to us! Surprised nobody took him up on the idea! 😉 x x

  22. shahnaz September 30, 2013 / 6:20 pm

    Aaah bless so sweet, That’s very cheeky and very clever putting toys by the checkout x

  23. 3yearsandhome September 30, 2013 / 8:23 pm

    That’s hilarious! I’m often in the Trafford Centre when I’m in the UK. I will look out for you and your drill-wielding hairdresser 🙂

  24. LearnerMother September 30, 2013 / 8:42 pm

    Fancy not having a bargain blow dry from a drill-brandishing toddler! Bless him!

  25. Emma September 30, 2013 / 9:01 pm

    Ha ha, thats brilliant. Bless him. xx

  26. LauraCYMFT September 30, 2013 / 9:04 pm

    hahah oh dear. Kids eh? They have some imagination. I love the Trafford Centre 🙂

  27. Charly Dove September 30, 2013 / 9:20 pm

    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 🙂

  28. Foz September 30, 2013 / 9:33 pm

    Lol that made me giggle! So cute!

  29. TK September 30, 2013 / 10:36 pm

    Haha, boys can really throw surprises like that! #MagicMoments

  30. liska October 1, 2013 / 10:45 am

    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

  31. Helen Neale (@KiddyCharts) October 1, 2013 / 10:50 am

    That is just brilliant – I love it, and them 😀 Popping over from the Parenting Pin it Party 😀

  32. Downs Side Up October 1, 2013 / 12:39 pm

    I love it! A top stylist in the making 🙂

  33. Mam Needs Coffee October 1, 2013 / 8:36 pm

    Aww bless him, kids have such wild imaginations 🙂 Great post, linking up via #magicmoments 🙂

  34. Charly Dove October 2, 2013 / 8:20 pm

    Still chuckling at this post! Just done a funee with all POD’s hilarious antics – not always so funny for the adult LOL 🙂

  35. older mum in a muddle October 3, 2013 / 6:41 pm

    That’s really funny…. and we had those elephants at our local shopping center over the summer – they must be on tour! X

  36. Emma T October 8, 2013 / 1:44 pm

    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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