Have you ever bought the perfect toy for your kid, and then, when you bring it home, your kid just runs straight past the new toy to play with some misshapen old stuffed animal or squished grape peel?
When it comes to toys, you never know what your kid is actually going to play with. So I thought I’d show you some of my kid’s favorite toys, the ones he actually plays with. Maybe you can show us what toys your kids actually play with. Comment or email or put up your own blog post and we can see what actually works for our lil’ turkeys!
This is “ball”. Ball is anything remotely round that isn’t “hot” or “no.” We kick Ball and sometimes throw Ball but mostly we hold ball and yell “Ball!”
This is our Toy Story ‘Toys to the Rescue’ blanket, appropriately and unoriginally named “Blankey”. I don’t know how he started calling it this, but he did, and now it’s his most-used word. We play with this a little, but mostly we just make sure we have it at bed time.
This is “Bunny”. Bunny’s a recovered alcoholic with a history of abuse. My wife found Bunny in a supermarket of all places… but my son’s love for Bunny is unsurpassed by any of the other toys on this list. Every once in a while I find Bunny giving me the evil eye… But my son loves this thing so much I just let it fly. Bunny gets a little more disgusting and disgruntled each day.
This is daddy’s channel changer, affectionately known to Aiden as “Duhn Duh”. My whole goal in life is convincing him that he does not need to play with this one… ever. But he likes to play with it anyways. He mostly just likes to hold it, but every once in a while, early in the morning, he’ll squeeze a button or two and it takes groggy dad a while to figure out how to get Handy f’kn Manny back on the tube. My bad.
This is mommy’s iPhone (not daddy’s), affectionately known to Aiden as “Ohwn?” We’ve got this Play Phone app he likes to play with… I haven’t done any research on other play apps, but this one often gives us those 5 precious minutes of independent play.
This used to be daddy’s hat (MY hat!). My favorite hat to be exact… but then it became Aiden’s favorite hat and he stole it and he ate it and shit in it and crushed it and ruined it and now it’s just Aidens hat and that’s what it means to be a dad.
This is Aiden’s “Phone”. It’s simple, but he’s liked it for a pretty long time now. He pushes the buttons… and then, after he’s set it down, it starts ringing and keeps him occupied again. This works twice, each day.
This is Aiden’s laptop… every once in a while we get this absolutely magical time when I nestle him up against me, under my arm, and he’ll put this thing on his lap and press buttons for 10 minutes while I watch Special Agent Oso. It’s great times!
So, not sure what this thing is, but it’s the one Aiden’s had for the longest… and he still plays with it! It just has the one button — when you press it music plays — that’s it. See how worn down that button is? He’s pressed it that much.
So, what buttons are your kids pressing and liking and actually playing with? Show me! Comment or email or blog and tell me about it. Thanks!