Gracie has people. We call them her "peeps." She loves them and has named every last one of them (and there are close to twenty of them). ""You want to play 'my people' with me?" is the most commonly heard question in our household.
At two and a half, the imagination and concentration that Gracie displays on a minutely basis, never fails to amaze me. She will sit in front of her pop up dollhouse (which my grandmother gave me for my 6th birthday... being a pack rat does have its rewards) for hours upon hours, and create an entire world for her peeps.
The princess and the pirate cook dinner together. Uncle Dan (named after my brother, who is not actually black despite the fact that her Uncle Dan "people" is) spends a lot of sitting at the dining room table, and all her people are compulsive house decorators.
I love Playmobil. They were the "people" that occupied my childhood for years and years. My own peeps are long gone now, thrown away when I reached my middle school years, but when I saw that Gracie's imagination and hand/eye coordination was ready for them, I couldn't wait to begin her collection. And she has been infatuated with them since she got them a few months ago. She has little girls with teddy bears and baby carriages, Mommy and her kitchen with a stove and refrigerator and a whole pile of dishes. She has a pirate set complete with a parrot and skeleton, she has a school set, with desks and chairs. Nowhere does Gracie go, unless her people are in her hand (usually about four or five of them at a time).
To honor all the dollhouse miniature and "peeps" loving Etsians, here is a tribute:
Besides playing with my playmobil when I was a young little thing, I used to create intricate fairy villages out of sticks and stones, flower and mud. This sweet Fairy Tea Corner, by PandoraJane is my little dream house!! How seriously cute is that? I am also smitten with her Fairiana Shell Grotto set. But I wouldn't recommend giving it to a two year old!!
You can find these at http://www.pandorajane.etsy.com
These sweet little dollies are oh so adorable! I just love Tate and Tierney, this little set of Teeny-Tiny Sisters found in the shop DawnAlice Designs. You can find a whole slew of these pretty little gals (and little gents, too) in all ethnicities.
You can find these at http://dawnalicedesigns.etsy.com
Looking for a miniature quilt for your baby's room? Love Nest Design has this sweet little thing which is smaller than a playing card!
You can find this shop at http://www.lovenestdesign.etsy.com