Looking to spice things up? Need a little something you can enjoy together?
- Cable Ties
- Masking Tape
Nope, not THAT kind of toy. And get your mind out of the gutter, this is a moms’ blog.
I spend at least some portion of every day in our playroom. (An actual playroom for kids, not the kind you’re thinking of sicko!) We have more than our share of toys so my boys are rarely bored. I, on the other hand, have to feign ethusiasm about putting together the same puzzles every other day. I can no longer imagine new ways for Joker to get Batman. And I will fall into a sugar coma if asked to play Candyland one more time.
However, there are a few bright spots in my Toy Story of motherhood. These are the toys I sometimes slip and call “mine.” The toys that take a lot of time to clean up because I have to make sure they are all working properly. When my boys are playing with them I fantasize about my turn. I’m not upset when they move on to something else because then I can do whatever I want with them. In other words, I love these toys:
- Secret Garden Coloring Book by Johanna Basford. I’m not really a “stay within the lines” kind of parent but this particular coloring book is so calming it’s like meditating without all the pressure. An added bonus is that you can color in your book while they scribble over 20 or so Doc McStuffin pages.
- Magnetic Tiles or Blocks. When there are lots of little people scurrying around it’s not unusual for block creations to come tumbling down. That’s the beauty of magnetic blocks, it takes herculian effort to take down your architecture.
- Marble Runs. Building tall towers for marbles is as close as I’ll ever get to Rube Goldberg, but watching my simple machines are so mesmorizing it doesn’t matter.
- Stomp Rocket. It’s a rocket that shoots up in the sky when you stomp on it. It’s great for working out frustration, just be careful if you’re working out a triple tantrum day as you might end up with all your rockets on the roof.
- Lite-Brite. My kids don’t care about retro chic but I do, and playing with a Lite-Brite lets me imagine I’m a hipster installation artist.
- Squirt Guns. Whether it’s one with a tiny trigger or a gallon size, super soaker on a hot day this is one game I don’t mind losing.
- My kids are always asking me for “2 more minutes.” Everytime I get a Perplexus in my hand I’m convinced I can solve it in just 2 more minutes. 45 minutes later dinner isn’t started, my kids are climbing the walls and I’m still perplexed.
- Motherhood is just like walking a high wire without a net. So why aren’t I better at slacklining?
- Basketball Hoop. I played basketball in junior high, my above average height was all I really brought to the court. Fortunately, for me the mini ball and waist-high hoop level the playing field.
I hope you all have toys you feel this way about at your house, but your secret is safe with me if you add a few of my favorites to your kids’ birthday lists.