When I was a kid, I must have watched just about every John Wayne movie ever made a thousand times. My dad is a mega fan of these movies and watching them with him made up the majority of our "quality time".
My summers were spent playing with my friends on a nearby field, recreating battles with Indians, storming Iwo Jima and having bar-room brawls. Bikes became horses and we would scream like Indians as we hurtled across the grass. No wonder the people who lived nearby hated us!
My oldest daughter suffered from Dyspraxia, a condition related to the development of the brain. This had a range of effects on her, the most obvious being poor motor skills - which she was able to largely overcome through her grim determination to do things.
Another effect was that she was unable to "pretend". I first realised this when we bought her one of these cars. I was pushing her around the house (her motor skills meant that she could not work out how to scoot it herself) and started saying things like "Here we go, into town, under the bridge". She looked at me and told me not to be so silly. We were not in the town, we were at home!
My oldest son has always been a whizz on computers. He learnt to use a Mouse before his first birthday...
For a long time his favourite game was Lemmings, which he was very good at by the age of around 3.
He became so obsessed with the game that he started pretending to be a Lemming when we were out - he would walk like one, build steps, bash through invisible walls and pretend to explode.
My youngest daughter loved watching The Land Before Time. Her favourite character was Sarah the Triceratops.
At the age of around 2 she used to crawl around pretending to be Sarah, head-butting anything that got in the way.
From an early age my youngest loved guns. At this point we did not have any toy guns in the house, so everything became a gun - sticks, Lego, you name it. So I bought him a toy AK47. Well if he is going to have a gun it might as well be a good one!
What did you pretend to be when you were a child?