Have you noticed that classic toys are making a huge comeback? Every time I turn around it seems that characters that I loved growing up like the Bernstain Bearsare popping up with new toys and spin offs.
Personally I absolutely love it! It’s so fun to become reacquainted with “old friends” as an adult and seeing my kids fall in love with them. This special and unique connection can be encouraged and developed, so I thought I’d share some of my thoughts on how to help it flourish!
When it comes to toys and kids tv shows my Mother-in-Law and I often have differences of opinions (she knows I love her dearly and we are living together at the moment so I’m allowed to poke fun at her now and again–yes, Mom, I AM difficult to live with).
I’m slightly snobbish all about old school toys that are more about fostering creativity and imaginative play then they are how many bells, whistles, and annoying sounds come along with it. When it comes to shows they need to be educational, cute, and not annoying for me to watch (since I’m always sitting right there watching it with the kiddos)! My second Mom’s top toy priorities are cute, funny, noisy (but only if it’s hokey noisy–like the shrieking cow or a hamster that sings Kung Foo Fighting) and as far as shows go as long as it doesn’t have talking toilets in it she’s usually good.
One area where our tastes actually overlap is Fisher Price toys. I love that their Little People toys are heavy duty, darling, and encourage lots of imaginative play. She loves them because they’re just stinking cute. One of the shows we both agree on is The Octonauts— me because it it’s cute, not annoying, and it teaches about the oceans the creatures, and their environments. My second Mom likes it for the same reasons–and the kids watch it! So when I found out that Fisher Price was coming out with an entire line of Octonaut Toys available at Toys R Us…well, you can only imagine that it was only a matter of time before they became a part of our household!
We are headed home for 3 weeks in December for my little brother’s wedding & Christmas! I’m sooo super excited and a little nervous at the same time since this will be my first time flying alone with both the kids.
Tyler *loves* construction vehicles. Every time we pass by a construction site he starts hollering for joy-one of his very first words was “backhoe”. For a long time any and every construction vehicle was a “backhoe” but now that he’s a little older he’s starting to point out crane’s and bulldozers as well-and he thinks that every big truck is “digging” (even if it’s an 18 wheeler-haha).
He loves them so much that when we went to the Franklin Zoo with my parents his favorite part was watching the bulldozer work on the new exhibit they were building, haha!
His love and obsession has made buying toys and books for him super easy! As far as books go we love Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site and Machines at Work. For toys I got him the little bitty construction vehicles above for his birthday and a little bit bigger one as well and the Grandma’s have also contributed!
Now that we have a great back yard and huge sand box I wanted to get Tyler a little bit bigger construction vehicle to play with–theToystate Caterpillar Construction Job Site Machines: Wheel Loader is absolutely perfect for this and I love how with the lever he’s able to have the scoop really go up and down and pick up rocks, leaves, and-of course-dirt! Give him these, dirt, sand, sticks and leaves and he will play all morning long!