A couple of weeks ago, Ali asked me.. “Mommy – are fireflies real?”
“Of course they are, sweetie!”
..but then I got to thinking about it, and it totally made sense. We hadn’t been outside late enough this year to see any, and if I were her, which one seems more realistic – a bug with a light-up butt, or a horse with a horn sticking out of the middle of it’s forehead?
If I were her, I’d totally think Unicorns were real and Fireflies weren’t.
So I decided to do an experiment with her: we played “Real or Pretend?”.
And I was surprised by some of her suppositions. Out of 25 items, she got 7 wrong.
(Yeah. My kid got a C- in reality.)
Here’s the list of things I came up with to ask her in our game:
Kings and Queens
Goldilocks and the Three Bears
(This is a great car game, by the way.)
Ali’s incorrect answers were Princesses, Hippopotamus’, Robots, Dragonflies, Hearts, Presidents, and Moses – oddly enough, all of which were things that are real that she thought were pretend.
(Feel free to psychoanalyze the significance of those findings.)
So. I’m curious about the general grasp of reality, which means that you have an assignment. Play this game with your kids, and please add more items if you can think of some good ones. Report back your kid’s age, score, and any new items to add to the list.
Hopefully your kids aren’t failing out of reality like mine is.
But then again, reality’s not always all it’s cracked up to be.