I know this might all sound so backwards and crazy, but nothing makes my inner Type-A control-freak happier than watching my kids let their imaginations run wild. We've been doing this new thing called "Imagination Station" and it's been so much fun to see what they come up with. Basically, all I do is make up two kits of totally random art supplies, clothes pins, string, small boxes and whatnot (basically, recycled junk). Then the rest is up to them. With these supplies, they are encouraged to go crazy, creating whatever they can think of.
While I run around the house, gathering up miscellaneous items, I tell them to start brainstorming and think of different things they might be able to invent. After they get to see what's in the "Imagination Station", they have free reign to do with it whatever they please. Today I went and put away laundry. When I came back, they were making what they call "puppet robots". This makes my Mama heart smile.
This is one of the ways that we play. Meet Robot, the puppet.