Sometimes, in play, you can think you’re doing things right and then discover otherwise.
I was helping a 5 year old out of her car seat just now. On the drive she’d been telling me all about Sarah – her 3 year old daughter, invisibly sat and strapped into the car seat beside her. When we arrived I jumped out and opened the child-locked door. The girl unbuckled her own strap and stepped into the footwell.
“I have to let out Sarah,” she said, reaching for the other strap. One came undone, but the other was stuck fast. “SARAH,” she said, then turned and asked me for help. I reached in and found the button.
“Don’t worry, Sarah,” I said to the empty car seat. “We’ll get you out of here in no time.”
“Noooo,” said the girl. “Don’t you know that Sarah is imaginary?”