It’s a fun Top Five Friday at Superheroes and Princesses. Christy has asked us to share top five toys our children play and what we want for them for Christmas.
Like every other kids, Anna uses “non toys” widely. I wrote about her love of all the things that she can find in nature. She plays a lot with a small blue carpet that we have and pretends that it’s an airplane, a swimming pool, a car, etc. But in the interests of people looking for potential Christmas presents, I will focus on actual toys that she plays with.
This toy came from my mom when Anna was about 9 months old, and it’s her most treasured possession and her best buddy. I didn’t have an idea then that it’s actually a character from Blue Clues. Well, I sure do now :) After 2 years of non-stop toddler love our Periwinkle looks pale blue and worn out, but she (it’s a girl here) is truly irreplaceable. I think every child should have a special stuffed friend like Periwinkle.
We don’t have an exact this version of Doodle board. In fact, we have three different ones of different sizes. One is on the fridge and for travel, another big one is the main one, and yet another one is in Anna’s room. She likes to doodle more than she likes to draw on paper, because she can erase at will and not worry her perfectionist little head about “bad drawing”.
This is an exact doctor kit that we have. Anna got it last birthday from my parents. She loves it and actually plays more with it now than she did in the past. It’s not very fancy, but good enough as a first doctor kit. I know that she wants to play doctor when she marches up to me and says, Are you sick, mama? Say “Yes!”
Our big gift for Anna’s second birthday was a play kitchen from Target. She likes it… but she likes her kitchenware a lot more. As I mentioned before, every activity usually ends with pretend cooking. She also has playfood, but I almost wish she had none. Her imagination works just as well with pompoms, cut paper, erasers or any other small objects, and I like it a lot more when she plays with those things than with her plastic food.
We got this inside tent for Anna recently, and it’s a perfect place for her pretend games. We don’t have it out all the time due to space limitations, but she is so excited when she gets to play there. It extends any game she plays, and she also liked to drag her books into her tent and read them there. Usually, however, she wants one of us to join her for a “snack” or for “tea party”, and then it gets tight there :)
As I was thinking of the list, I really wanted to put Lego blocks up there, but I have to admit the obvious – Anna is not that interested in Lego… yet. I do hope that she inherits her papa’s enthusiasm for Lego blocks – he loves to play with them.
And now… on to my toy wish list for Anna’s Birthday (I am not thinking Christmas yet). I don’t expect that she gets all of them, but I gave hints to few loving relatives and thoughtful friends :)