Monday, May 12, 2008

the best toys




















Why do I bother buying toys for my children?

Honestly, baby b. is happiest with an empty box, my pots and pans and this old suitcase I pulled out of the closet a month or so ago. I planned to get rid of the suitcase, but the boys immediately adopted it as one of the coolest toys in the world.

So there you go.

Add a couple of couches to make forts with and they’re good to go.

11 comments:

KrustyTheCat said...

Thanks for commenting on my blog!!!
I don't know why I buy toys for my daughters either, they are happiest with paper and crayons! lol my son though, he can't live without lego.

Ann Kroeker said...

Hmmmm....I smell a great "how-to" "tip-style" post for you to pull together! The six most popular non-toy toys, or something like that...

Plus, you've got an adorable picture here to anchor it!

My father-in-law, who grew up a missionary kid, is convinced that all parents need to recognize that most of the best toys are not officially "toys." He said this to me as he watched my grade-school-aged kids played for about two hours with a broken tripod (the camera couldn't screw onto it, but the legs stayed set), pretending to set up studio pictures with various combinations of cousins. "You're in the back. Here, put on this scarf," etc.

Llama Momma said...

Thanks for stopping by, Krusty.

Ann -- Yes, this would make a good "list" wouldn't it? Imaginative play is one of my favorite things, and I'm always a little bit surprised by the way it all unfolds.

NaNcY said...

wonderful photo!

Craver Vii said...

That's a phenomenal capture, LM! When I come home and find furniture moved and blankets spread over chairs, it reminds me of the great fun I had playing that way when I was a young little dreamer/adventurer.

Liberty said...

Amen!

L.L. Barkat said...

Oh yeah. (Now just remember, plastic bags... off limits... even though quite cheap ;-)

Llama Momma said...

Craver -- Watching children be children is a wonderful thing, isn't it?

LL -- Good point about the plastic bags. We'll stick with boxes! :-)

Sara said...

Don't you know it! I have a playroom full of toys that scream, "Play with me!" I could have used that money for either A. Lots and Lots of Mocha's or B. a new laptop for my writing!

My kids like sticks. Yes, sticks they drag in from outside. Boxes and spoons take the top two while electrical cords finishes up in third. (Would have been first if Momma didn't yell about how dangerous they are)

Suitcase pic is adorable BTW!

Llama Momma said...

Sara -- Yes, sticks are good too. :-)

thediaperdiaries said...

A few months ago, I was donating an old suitcase and my 2 girls discovered it. They played in it for DAYS!! Cheap entertainment.