Play along with us! The children assign meaning to their constructions and it is sometimes so hard to guess what it is. You just have to ask.
The answer is...
An "air shooter." This is the construction that compelled me to begin collecting these photos. I would have NEVER guessed what this was, not just because it is a teacup filled with wood chips and flower bouquet stuffed through its handle, but also because it was being used in a pet family tower.
Sometimes I can see/hear/know exactly what they are doing during play and other times, not at all. And I love it when that happens. I have collected a set of photos that capture those special surprises when the children have given props and constructions they have found or made wonderful, and unexpected, meaning in the play.