Last Christmas, my mother-in-law bought the kids a set of plastic animal parts that can be used to build creatures like a jaguar, an ant, a dinosaur … or whatever other crazy creation springs to mind. It’s really cool, but we hadn’t played with it for the past several months because the pieces had been scattered about.
Yesterday, when I switched into “we have to clean out this toy box” mode, we found most of the set, and the kids have been using it almost nonstop since.
Which brings me to a few minutes ago, when Cera handed me this creature:
“Do you know what it is?” she asked.
I expected some combination of ant-dinosaur-jaguar-chicken, like an antasaur or a chickuar.
But, no, not my daughter.
“It’s a chimera,” she said.
How does my 5-year-old know the word “chimera,” let alone how to use it properly?