Here are five toys that I love. And also hate.
#1 – the prize ball (aka: a superball with a face on it)
This isn't just any superball, this is what we affectionatly call "prize ball" because my son got it four years ago from the prize box at the doctor office. You know, that filthy treasure chest they let kids dig through at the end of appointments to spread germs more effectively. Because sometimes all the other germ spreading tactics fail.
Anyway, the ball has two eyes. Which means it isn't just a ball. To my kids, it is a "guy" with hopes and dreams and personality. This is why I love it. I love that such a simple object can inspire such imagination.
But this is why I hate it…
It is a superball.
A gentle toss causes it to bounce on a destructive and unpredictable trajectory of pain and suffering.
And after it calms down, it always rolls to the same hiding place:
#2 – the sandbox
This is a beautiful thing, because it allows me to do this while they play in it:
I get to lounge on a patio chair and just watch them. I watch them play happily together. They make sand pies and build castles and do all the wonderful things I did as a kid in my own sandbox. This is why I love it.
And this is why I hate it…
Sand that you have to eventually replace because…
#3 – puzzles
Whatever. They suck.
When they are missing pieces it bothers me. And they are always missing pieces.
I put them out for the little guy and he eagerly takes all the pieces out.
And then he walks away.
Why? Because when my eldest grew into puzzles he grew out of puzzles a month later.
I'm so close to donating these I can taste it! And I'm sure immediately after donating them all the missing pieces will turn up.
#4 – playdough
Oh wait, I almost forgot to explain why I love it.
I think my source of hate for playdough is pretty self-explanatory, but just in case:
#5 – books
Books aren't even toys! What is she thinking!?
My librarian friends (Hi, Allison!) are shifting uncomfortably in their seats right now. Relax. Breathe.
You'll see where I'm going with this…
I can not get rid of any.
You pull one out…
And no matter how many books there are to choose from…
What toys do you love/hate?
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