I’m not sure when I decided I wanted to give Melissa and Doug a portion of my salary, but it seems to have happened sometime over this last year.
It begun when I saw their fabulous giant stuffed animals. I got the giraffe for my son’s nursery (50% 0ff, whoop!). Next thing I know I’m ordering their reusable sticker books because I discovered my daughter’s interest in stickers.
Add in the play kitchen Santa brought for Christmas and now I’m pining for every little wooden food item.
I never pinned myself as a toy snob but the other week when I was searching for play food a woman offered me a huge box of plastic food. I thanked her and put it in my cart but at the checkout counter I told the cashier I didn’t need it—I wanted wooden food! What has happened to me?
I’m keeping my eye out for them at resale shops, and I got one set at Ross. The play dishes I ordered actually are a different brand… Kidoozie, and the kitchen is by KidKraft. … I think I’ve had more fun playing in the play kitchen than my real kitchen!
And pretend food isn’t even my favorite thing I’ve bought by them so far… The large wooden block set is. I was going back and forth between small blocks, big blogs, and mega blocks, and I went with these large unit blocks. I’m so glad I did because it’s become one of my favorite activities to do with my daughter. She’ll build by herself and I am impressed by her symmetry. Or we’ll build together and see how big we can make a castle, or a tower, or we’ll make other shapes and structures.
I can see how later on they’ll be great for teaching fractions, geometry, or math in general. I’m such a nerd.
We’ve been nothing but a lot of sick around her lately. Poor Lil’ J has a bad sinus infection, and Big T has been a snotty mess for weeks. I’m catching it now myself and just trying to hang on. While the weather is cold we’re hunkering down inside and playing with a lot of simple toys. And even though I’m creeping closer and closer to 30 I must say, I’ve been feeling younger lately.
Note to self… Forget the kids, keep buying toys I want to play with.