At the same time, my baby girl often lines up all of her stuffed animals for tea parties, school, naps, or storytime. She sometimes pretends to be a puppy. She barks and begs for spoonfuls of peanut butter, which I place on the floor for her to eat. (I make her sit and shake with her paw, first.)
So, I have been pondering the idea of children's attraction to role playing and all the related imagination games and I have realized that we grown-ups don't really do that. We don't decide to be one person today and another tomorrow. We don't explore characters unless we are actors or it's Halloween. I don't pretend to be a CEO today and a barista tomorrow—although I think that sounds awesome! (I suppose if you count the fantasy that comes from buying lottery tickets and rehearsing how you will dole out the money to all the people you love, then I do role play often.) Interesting, though, that young children do it so naturally. It occurs to me that they don't have fixed personalities yet. They aren't caught up in issues of identity or have too much concern about who they will become—they are too busy BE-ing. They aren't locked into the relatively static definition of self that we are. It is all pretty interesting. Some good info about the importance of role play here, here, and here.
I gotta go now because I really want to go pretend I am a princess...and I am going to a hidden princess spa in the West Indes for a glitter pedicure and a hot stone massage and a...glass of grum. :)