Friday, November 18, 2011

My Kids Really Don't Need Christmas Presents

People have started asking me what I'm getting for my kids for Christmas and I have to admit that this question makes me a little panicky.  I'm such a nerd that I'm actually worried that there is a toy out there that they NEED for educational development and that I'm going to deprive them of this if I don't research toys for toddlers.  Does every 18 month old need a ball pit?  Oh no!  We don't have one!  Just as I'm starting to really panic, I look around my house and they actually really need anything?  Consider the evidence:

Little Buddy often finds a way to break the toys anyway.  I can't tell you how much time they've spent with this toy.  First they take it apart.  Then they beg me to put it back together, then they play with it for awhile, then they break it again and the cycle starts over. 

Every night all they want to do is wrestle and jump on the couch cushions. 

They find ways to spend their time in unique ways.  This rock collection took a long time to assemble.

They spent an hour one night trying to catch leaves falling from the trees.  Again, a free activity and very heart-warming.

Okay, it's time for me to come clean.  Of course I'm going to get them presents.  Sheesh what kind of Mom do you think I am?  They love getting presents and I have to admit that I do love seeing them figure out a new toy.  The toy on the top photo has held up well over months and months of abuse from the kids and it does keep them very busy.  We won't stop wrestling or catching leaves, but I think Little Buddy really does need a ball pit.  Right??
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  1. I LOVE Buddy's rock collection. That took some exercise too. Kids love boxes, pots & pans, anything in nature, libraries - all FREE. Of course, they need something to open for Christmas - but it doesn't have to be outrageously expensive to be fun and educational. I love the Lincoln Logs. He may be a little young for that but building and tearing down is always a hit with boys. Looks like they're having fun!

  2. I know. I wonder the same thing...Do they need anything? Half of the toys we buy end up broken and with pieces missing, and they still find plenty of imaginative play regardless. But most of us will still play along and go buy some new stuff...for the smiles and surprised faces and excitement, even if it only lasts a bit!

  3. I totally agree. We have a dining room full of toys and most hardly ever get played with. I do love watching my son open and enjoy new ones though. I'm a new follower from the hop. I would love for you to check out my blog. I have a giveaway going on right now for a $25 GC to Lakeshore Learning, great educational toys. :)

  4. I vote ball pit! :)

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  5. following from the blog hop

  6. Haha my daughter's the same, her favourite things are running around, jumping, banging things and singing. She has everything she needs so my rule is to buy her only one main present, and make it something that she can work her brain with, or at least will love and stay interested in. My friend got a ball pit, and the ball pit became her living room because they never stayed in the pit for long hahaha.
    Visiting through the weekend blog hop.

  7. Good thing, you have two kids that they can play together.

    I'm your newest follower in GFC from the Weekend Blog Hop,
    and I would love a follow back.

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