December 13, 2005

The Best Toys

Chris of The Big Yellow House has a post at DotMoms about the best toys and her list rings so true. Blocks, Legos, pretend play stuff, those are the things that last and get the most play time. They don't the bling-bling excitement that the noisy toys have and are therefore often not given by my kids' granparents, who want to see the instant excitement that noise brings. A few things that didn't make Chris's list, but that get a lot of play time around here are puzzles and toys to ride on. We let the kids ride on some things in the house and my children seem to take great joy in circling the kitchen table chasing each other on foot pushed riding toys I could have sworn they wouldn't fit by now.

But my son's current great love in life is Legos. He inherited all of his dad's, which my mother-in-law had saved and he and my husband could spend hours together building and playing with those little plastic bricks of impending doom for barefeet.

And now, let me say that The Boy thinks he has the most awesome Aunt Mimi (not her real name) in the world.


Nobody does Viking ships (even in miniature) better than the Danes.


And his Aunt Mimi thinks she has the best "nephew" in the world too.

Posted by: Frazier at December 13, 2005 04:39 PM

I remember a post Chris did about puzzles once.

That's one thing I would not give her kids as a gift!


Posted by: Mary at December 13, 2005 06:09 PM

My brother's daughter calls my sister "Aunt Mimi". Her name is Mindy. But it's so cute, it's not like anybody's going to correct her!

Posted by: Lenise at December 14, 2005 09:55 AM

This Aunt Mimi's real name bears far less resemblance to "Mimi" than Mindy does, but it was the best The Boy could manage when he was 2 and the name has stuck even now that he can actually say her real name.

Posted by: Jordana at December 14, 2005 10:10 AM

Hey, I totally can not find the post. The link is bad, and I have searched the Dot Moms for the post, but it's not there. What happened?

(Buying last-minute presents for my sister's three kids this morning...)

Posted by: House of Payne at December 16, 2005 08:45 AM

I don't know why it isn't there any more. The jist was to look for things that have stood the test of generations of kids. Blocks, Legos, pretend play stuff like dress up clothes or toy kitchenware, toy trains, etc. For my kids puzzles and riding toys, plus dolls, toy weapons. Things that require no batteries and I prefer wood, metal and cloth that doesn't snap the first time a kid bangs it around.

Posted by: Jordana at December 16, 2005 10:05 AM