Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Baby's real toys

Today I will tell you what does not work for me before I tell you what does work! As you can see my wfmw logo is too small. I uploaded it and it came out like that, even though I had my settings for it to be bigger. No actually first was I am running late with my post and tried to upload the old one, could not find it on my computer so then had to go to the Rocks in My Dryer site and get the new one. While trying to upload it my computer decided to not work and made me gain even more patience all the while it was telling me that computers are the boss of me, not the other way around!

That is what is not working for me, so far, I have only been up for 10 minutes! Coffee is brewing, so maybe I will think better soon.

As I have said in previous posts, I babysit my granddaughter. I have had her since six weeks old and she is always investigating, checking out what she should not have, pulling things out of cabinets etc and all the while her toys are in a basket just setting there. She will grab the doggie toys and play with the dog, but only on occasion will she play with hers.

I am amazed, especially at this time of year, what new parents (and some older ones) feel they need to get their child. What works for me are some simple toys, car, dolly etc and then the box that the humidifier came in, the plastic box that used to have my fabric in, (the fabric that was in there makes a great toy too), the empty water jug (Please note I said empty, the full one works well for a toy, but yesterday I found it no longer works, she figured out the cap!). If I am cooking, the pots, plastic containers etc make great toys. Two chairs with a sheet make a tent. I give her things that not only cost me nothing, but also she likes better than the toys and she gets something new almost every day! It works for me!

9 comments:

Jeni Allen said...

Good suggestions! My baby also loves safe kitchen tools, like spatulas, wooden spoons, and measuring cups.

Not the Queen said...

My 6-month old is my second daughter. I have seriously told everyone to just wrap up empty boxes for her. She won't care and she'll never know the difference.

Peggie said...

I agree! When my brother was young my dad got him an erector set. Dad worked for days after work to make something with the set. Christmas my brother got up to this gift... and played with the box!

Susan said...

No joke, my 9 month old loves the plastic watering can and boxes too.

SAHMmy Says said...

I'm with you, my dear! However, my sweetheart respectfully disagrees. He's honestly afraid they'll stop making great toys and buys just about everything he sees! Meanwhile, my kiddos (3 and 1) have entertained themselves for three days with pieces of cardboard I had my Christmas lights wrapped around!

ellen b said...

That is good advice. Save all that toy money for college or a wedding or their first home....

Jessie said...

Don't you know it! We are looking forward to the refrgerator box playhouse this Christmas! She's learning to use her imagination and why shouldn't she play with the pots and pans...that's what I do...right?

Marie said...

My kids' favorite playthings are my measuring cups. Also my Avon orders come in great lidded boxes, which they use to make trains, cars, castles, cities, what-have-you. And when I wash dishes I scoop up bubbles into plastic containers for them to play with. No toys needed here! :P

Peggie said...

Many years ago I sold Avon and I attached the boxes for my kids to play train, or let them climb in and play for themselves. It was a lot of fun for me to see what they would to.

Scout, the granddaughter I watch, will play with about anything, but some days never touches the toys.

She will "dance" to the music, play with the dog, tupperware type containers climb in the rocking chair and just rock. I think I have as much fun watching her as she is playing! Almost a year and with a good sense of humor, some days we laugh all day!