This story comes to us from a reader in India:
The Flood Evacuation Story
My boys, aged 7 & 5, had just returned sweaty and tired from outdoor play and needed to shower. A couple of gentle reminders didn’t help.
Just then , a quirky idea popped into my head and I announced in an official Voice that there was a flood in the bathroom and that ducky , froggy and turtle need help. And the government needs brave firefighters to help.
My boys ran into the bathroom, showered themselves and their bath toys and came out. I gave them a badge (those received as party favours from endless birthday parties they get invited to ) each to honour their efforts.
They love this pretend play and I have used it many times since then.