They play with the laundry basket instead, and pretend it’s a tent, or a cave , or a car, or a thing they climb in, turn upside down, or fill with stuff. They might get upset or frustrated when their laundry basket won’t do exactly what they want it to do or if they can’t seem to find a way to climb inside of it, but once they master their basket’s magic, those fake tears will dry up, replaced by focused, hands-on play.
Kids are imaginative with that basket; they throw stuff inside of it (not clothes of course), turn it into a castle or a dumping ground for action heroes, or fill it with a blanket and turn it into a bed for stuffed animals. What was once a plain plastic container with a practical (dare I say boring) purpose, transforms into a cost-effective, curiously engaging “toy” of choice (for the moment). Now if I can just figure out how to borrow that magic basket and transform doing laundry into something much more interesting and exciting.
Imagination does not become great until human beings, given the courage and the strength, use it to create.