Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Not in a box, not with a fox

Once upon a time, I thought Playskool and Fisher Price had the market cornered on young children. They convinced me to part with Mr. T's hard-earned money because surely my children would be stimulated by brightly coloured playthings and spend hours amused and entertained.

And in some cases, they were right. But only when the toys in question played the most mind-numbingly annoying sounds that the kids loved to repeat over and over and over again, until I was convinced that even Nickelback would be preferable background noise. I was sure that as they got older, simple things like tissue paper would no longer entertain them as easily as it did when they were still under a year old.

That shows you just how much I really know about kids (which, if you read this blog on a regular basis, you know is very limited). The best toys I've gotten for my kids recently have come from Costco and the liquor store (there's a proud parenting moment for the baby books). No, it's not a seven-foot tall dollhouse, an economy pack of 4,600 stickers or a nice sauvignon blanc, but rather the boxes I carry our goodies home in.  Shooter and Little Dude will spend hours, hauling favourite toys in and out, pretending it's a car or a restaurant, or even just settling in to read a book.**

This must be somewhat of a relief  to Mr. T, because if the economy tanks and he ever finds himself out of a job resulting in the loss of our house, our kids will likely be satisfied living in the very best Hewlett-Packard has to offer.

At the very least, maybe this new discovery means we can finally part with the cat keyboard that plays La Cucaracha. 

 I am aware this is actually a cooler and not a box. Apparently Coleman also knows my kid better than Crayola.

**Disclaimer: This type of imaginative play is not the work of my stellar parenting. I can only assume they saw it on Sesame Street or Bubble Guppies.

This post is part of #iPPP (iPhone Photo Phun), hosted by Greta from Gfunkified and Robin from Farewell Stranger. It's a weekly link-up that requires nothing more than a blog post with a photo from a phone camera (any phone camera, not just iPhones). They want to see your funny, your yummy, your heartfelt, your favourite phone photos of the week. 


  1. Haha! I love the disclaimer. The bigger the box, the better, right?! I love the hugging picture!

  2. I too thought only with these special toys from F&P and other brands would make parenting life better. But only a handful has worked. At most times she likes t play with uncooked pasta ad use my wall as her canvas

  3. I love boxes for toys, especially given the distraction they provide my kids (=a break for me!).

  4. So true. At Christmas, Luc was the most excited about a box. I always snag them when I can!