Tuesday, August 23, 2011
I recently told a friend that she must be bored if polling others whether or not tinker toys or legos were the best engineering toys for kids was the main blogging topic of the day.
Well, I guess I do have $0.02 to add.
Who needs to purchase any more plastic anyway? We've all got lots of diapers and wipes boxes laying around (well, that is, most of us. And those who only use cloth, you've got to have some cardboard accessible to you!)
Josie was first introduced to a real dollhouse at a friend's house in Seattle. I was surprised how much she played and played with it. And her grandmother bought her a really nice one in Ohio. As a parting gift, Nai Nai gave Josie a little wooden family and Josie has loved acting out her life with these dolls. Maybe it's a sign that we lost the tiny baby doll during our flights. What's left is a Mommy, Daddy, Josie, Asher, Nai Nai and Grandpa (or Pawpa) doll set. And boy do those dolls have lots of fun conversations. They were playing on my bed with Josie as I woke up this morning.
And now, they have their very own house. Made of a recycled baby wipe box. And scrap fabric from Dave's ripped corduroy pants, and other little scraps I had laying about along with construction paper and tape.
It's got the essentials. Windows, carpet, wallpaper decorated by Josie, a sleeping loft and crocheted blanket. Even curtains. We've got a makeshift table of sorts, but the rest of the furniture might have to be another day's project. For now, it's seriously clean up time and later and trip to the beach before summer is entirely over.
But my vote.
Cardboard for sure. The ultimate construction tool.