Tuesday, August 4, 2009

The Reason I Almost Never Buy Toys For My Kids

A few days ago, as I was literally tossing this cardboard carrier for Luzianne Sweet Tea (Dented Can - $1.99) into the trash, it struck me that it was right up Calvin's alley.

I offered it to him and he immediately snatched it up and ran to the toy room to gather his supplies, thanking me profusely as he sped off.

For the next 3 days straight, it rarely left his side.

It's a multi-purpose tool/office supply caddy and he seems to feel quite official when he has it in hand.

Who needs Legos and Transformers and Fisher Price do-dads when you have something as nifty as this?

15 comments:

  1. This reminds me of my "little" Andrew when he was Calvin's age! He's not so little anymore :)
    Heather

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  2. Without toys children have to grow active imaginations. Of course I skipped that tenet and my girl has too many toys and doesn't play with hardly any of them. o_O

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  3. i know, why do we buy toys? all bryce cared about was chapstick for a month straight. seriously, chapstick?!

    p.s. i think i would like that some of that sweet tea right now...it sounds good :)

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  4. I know when my boys were little they loved boxes and tape! No need for fancy toys! I was always amazed at what they're active minds would come up with. Traci

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  5. Little boys can make toys out of anything I tell ya! Love it! Calvin is too cute!

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  6. So cute! Baby Hughes loves my plastic funnels. He would rather play with them than any of his large, flashy toys
    Michelle

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  7. I came across your blog from Amber. After reading over a months worth of posts I thought Id say hi. HI! Your babies are beautiful and precious! I love your farm! I agree...being a farmgirl is a matter of the heart! I'm a farmgirl waiting for her farm;)

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  8. So cute! Great imagination filled play! I am with you on buying toys. I hardly buy any. My sons have been playing with a long cardboard mailing tube all week!
    I have really enjoyed discovering your blog today!

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  9. I agree with this post and comments above. I also think it's a great idea to have the TV be your baby sitter. You can save tons of $$, and your kids learn helpful life lessons as well. For me, my weekly baby sitter was the show Rescue 911. If it wasn't for Bill Shatner and those D-league re-enactments, I'd never have learned how to dial 911 in an emergency. TV really is the answer to all of our problems. Especially network news.

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  10. So true. They usually enjoy playing with the box more than the toy. So cute!!

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  11. Um yeah...Fisher loves vaccuum{sp?} attachments and fridge grates. Oh and boxes. And yet he has all these unplayed with, brightly colored plastic toys. We didn't buy them, cause I know better. ;)
    Elise

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  12. Two peas in a pod, I tell you. I just got this great new book, Green Crafts for Children, from the library. You've got to pick it up. It has the cutest stuff made from junk like this. Yesterday we made the sweetest little pair of slippers from cardboard and a fruit snack box!

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  13. p.s. I just love how he's proud as punch and lets his mommy take so many adorable pictures of him! What a peach!

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  14. Calvin and Blaine are the same person in 2 bodies!

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