J piles up the snakes: They need to be together, then sends them down the pipes, one by one, with a Wheeee!! E comes by. They slide down the slide, J explains, and E sends one down, too, then asks, You got any more snakes?
(Mark: I think we have to get them under here…)
J says, They walk up the slide, as her snake slithers back up.
S arrives, and Mark asks, Would you like a snake? Here’s a snake for a slide.
J: Well I got a slide.
S crawls under the table, looking for snakes. E’s snake hisses, and Mark’s hisses back to E’s. E’s snake slithers over to one near J.
E (talking for the snake): I love you, Mommy. She brings over another snake, who replies, I love you, sister. She brings them over to a slide: We’ll go down the slide.
J grabs some snakes on the table. No, those are mine, S objects, and J gives them back, saying, I want some, S. S immediately gives J two and then another: So you’ll have the most, S says, smiling. She gives one of hers to Mark, then gives one more of hers to J. Now S has only one snake. She says to J: You get the most, ‘cause we only need one.
J turns to E: E, I saw L!! and E runs off to greet her.
Mark’s snake hisses to S’s snake and says, Hi, snake, and S’s snake replies, You can be my dad snake. I can be your dad snake? We can hug.
J’s snake slithers over. S says, She can be the sister. The snakes go down a pipe together.
S takes her clipboard off the wall: I’m going to draw a snake, she announces, grinning. After drawing a squiggle for the snake, she adds a line all around the snake. This is where the snake went. She picks up a snake and holds it up high: And this snake can fly. Wheeeeee. Then S returns her clipboard to its place and returns to a pile of snakes on the structure. She starts sorting them by color. You (Mark) can have all the dark snakes. Me can have all the light snakes. And J can… (inaudible)
J sends a snake down a hole, saying, This is the diving board. (She is referencing a book about a diving board that she had just read with Diane: Jabari Jumps.)
S is still inspecting the snakes, trying to figure out how to categorize which are dark and which are light when some have both dark and light on them, and after a bit, she and J leave the snakes and move to the playdough table. S picks up a wire and curves it.
Mark asks, Are you making that wire into a snake?
Yes. She gives a wire to Mark. You make one into a snake. She gives a wire to J, too. Suddenly the snake theme is over, and their play turns to food: cake and pancakes. When Mark makes a snake, neither girl responds.