“Is that an Aeroplane Fish?” and other genius kid concepts

Recently, during a trip to the Sealife centre, Manchester, we were walking through the underwater tunnel where sharks and stingrays fly overhead and my 2 1/2 year old piped up:

“Is that an aeroplane fish?”

Sealife Centre Manchester
The aforementioned ‘Aeroplane Fish’ enjoying its moment of glory

Isn’t that pure genius?  She loves pointing at aeroplanes in the sky, so naturally why wouldn’t she think the shark was an aeroplane fish?

And why don’t aeroplane fish exist anyway? They should. All worlds and alternative dimensions should have aeroplane fish.

Anyway, the conceptual genius of my child urged me to reflect on other imaginary creations that my 4 and 2 1/2 year old will surely invent for real when they’re so smart that they keep my husband and I in a large mansion on the outskirts of Florence, overlooking vast plains of olive trees and bountiful orchards grown ups.

  • A special ‘pear peeler off-er’ that “keeps all the green bits on but not the black bits”.  This imaginary object looks very much like a potatoe peeler- but it’s not a potatoe peeler. Honest.
  • A ‘pink keepy up-per’ that keeps all pink things pinned to walls, regardless of weight or substance it’s made of.  This resembles chewed up blu-tak, but is more effective.
  • An elephant bee.  This came about because my 2 1/2 year old saw an illustration of a bee that seemed to have something resembling a trunk.  She was insistent it was an elephant bee, so it must be.

The world would be a better place for these things and I’m looking forward to living in this alternative future whilst sipping from my glass of 100 year old primitivo and being fed locally sourced smoked salmon by servants. 


Working Mum of two, living in Didsbury, Manchester, in a house which breeds washing, mushed up raisins and various toys in the brightest primary colours. Oh, and the odd empty wine glass.

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