She loves them, loves shows about them, has a collection of stuffed versions of them...animals, animals, animals.
Sometime during the day I like to do some kind of school-ish activities whether it be letter sounds, sight words, shapes, colors; all that stuff. Today, she was not interested in any of it.
I've made my kid animal shadow puppets, paper animal with holes for her to loop yarn through, practice great animal sounds but had never dressed her up as an animal. So I got a paper plate and crayons and made her a tiger mask.
Once it was done, she transformed.
She immediately started to slink on all fours with exaggerated shoulder movements. Her breath was growling, then she pounced!
I let out a fake scream and she says, "Run Mommy, I a scary tiger!" After running away from my little tiger she says, "Okay now close your eyes and go to sweep." You don't have to tell a pregnant lady twice. She led me to my room, covered me with a blanket and closed the door. This is a game she likes to play. She'll leave then knock on the door, and I basically invite her in to "scare" me.
She comes in and begins to walk on all fours on the floor so I can't see where she'll pop up. When she does, I pretend to be scared and she giggles and starts all over again. It went on for about an hour which was nice because I got up way too early and needed a break to rest....until she popped up again.
I noticed she was getting tired herself so I suggest that the scary tiger get a snack. I love that something as simple as a homemade tiger mask made her so happy.