Three-year-old Calista amused herself (and us) today by tracing the path of items through the vacuum cleaner. She was intent on testing out her hypothesis about where the items went when they disappeared from the floor.

Calista looking at the vacuum cleaner, September 2011
Calista uses the head to suck items into the vacuum, and then checks — yep, they've disappeared.

Calista looking at the vacuum cleaner, September 2011
She then takes the lid off the vacuum cleaner assembly to look inside.

Calista looking at the vacuum cleaner, September 2011
And then she can see what she's just sucked up. Very satisfying all round as our floors get cleaner!

We don’t mind when the vacuum cleaner is played with like this!