Duncan is fond of a computer game character called Adiboo. He regularly looks it up on Google, and I have drawn it on request, more than 100 times. Our CD Rom has gone missing, but we still have the case, and Duncan will often carry it round in his little Brum bag with a few other select treasures.
A few days ago, he wanted to make an Adiboo book, so he cut some paper for the book, and I drew Adiboo. I asked him if he wanted to colour it in himself, and he did. I left him to it, and the next day I found the tiny book again. He had coloured it in and written the word 'Adiboo' on the cover.
Inside, he'd drawn 2 more Adiboo pictures, but also drawn the weird brown monster character from the game and the yellow, one-legged, bouncing dog thing. He'd written 'Adiboo' again, and 'Big Thunder Mountain' sideways, in yellow. The letters are a bit disordered since he ran out of space.
On Friday, he designed and produced an Adiboo costume. He wore his little cap inside out (to make the visor bit stick up). He coloured a page in light red (achieved by colouring in yellow, then going over it with pink...got to get it just so!) Then he cut that out and stuck it to his top. He covered a few pages in yellow and stuck one onto his tummy with sticky tape (ouch!) and cut some holes in another to make a mask. The look was pulled together with a pair of tiny blue swimming trunks and his red wellies. And voila, Adiboo!
Now that's imagination!
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