With seven kids, my parents had no choice but to be minimalist when it came to toys (I got my first stuffed animal when I was 5 after my tonsillectomy). My sisters and I spent a lot of time drumming up stories and illustrating them with pen and filler paper. Those simpler times are no longer the norm, but kids are the same – blessed with fabulously active imaginations. This is never more evident to me than when I see Laurel on her own or with her preschool pals, jabbering away during pretend play.
To further encourage inspiration in your little storyteller, check out Poopasnuffas. These bright, cheerily googly-eyed characters (shown; PooPooDragon) serve as the inspiration for bibs, onesies (3-24 months), and tees (3 months-12 years), as well as tales penned by budding authors. Stories rotate based on regular contests where kids up to 12 years old are invited to submit a story they’ve invented about a Poopasnuffas character. The winning stories are included on the Poopasnuffas website and with garment orders, and the winning authors receive a certificate of appreciation and a free Poopasnuffas t-shirt. And even if your kid’s story doesn’t get published, you’ll have a great keepsake to tuck away with their art and school photos. I would do anything to get my hands on some of the storyboards that my sisters and I conjured up as kids.