I hope my children look back on today, And see a mom who had time to play, There will be years for cleaning and cooking, For children grow up while we’re not looking. ~ author unknown
Those toys that have been around since our teenagers were toddlers. Loved and passed down to be enjoyed again…
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The red flyer wagon was a birthday gift from Nana to Eldest Boy when he turned one (he turns 14 in a few weeks)! Many a turn around both neighborhoods we’ve lived in.
…A 4th of July parade. Backyard races. A slow stroll when a sick one just needed to get out of the house for a bit. A treasure with it’s just-right little seats. I couldn’t find one exactly like ours but the this red Radio Flyer wagon is similar and has comfort seats. Oh my goodness they even have cupholders these days.
Scooters x five – the youngest children are now using the ones we bought for the oldest. (Pssst… Lil’ Buddy has moved on past the Dora scooter now).
well, big piles of leaves count as classic toys too, right?
Little Tikes Cozy Coupe Cars – a gift for the eldest two from Grandma and Grandpa. Oh the little feet that have pedaled these like Fred Flintstone. One of the cars is with a cousin Lil’ Buddy’s age now. But one remains.
Fisher Price Dollhouse – with even some of the original little dollhouse people and furniture. It’s even traveled on family beach vacations with us. And lately it’s housed My Little Ponies – much to the dismay of the Fisher Price family.
Blocks – historical settings, Barbie castles, car ramps and roads. And, of course, the giant city of Katy and the Big Snow just about every winter we read it. I can’t recommend blocks enough. This set will remain for grandchildren for sure!
LEGO toys – from Bob the Builder to Bionicle pieces and parts, we’ve got buckets! From Lil’ Buddy’s homemade cranes to Eldest Boys Bobot Robotics.
Saxon Math manipulatives – yes it’s part of the kindergarten math set but they are often part of an elaborate side story as well. The same set we started homeschooling with over a dozen years ago.
The playhouse – when we moved to our current home over a decade ago, my brother build this playhouse for us. Since then the bushes have grown up quite a bit. But the playhouse remains a constant. It’s been a nature hideout for bird watching, an artist’s retreat, a drive thru restaurant (with the little cars) and of course, a plain ol’ play house for imagination.
Trains and train table – great-grandmother got the display train table from Sam’s Club when Eldest Boy was just a little over a year old. All have enjoyed it and many a train has traveled the tracks.
Bitty Baby – the first baby doll Eldest Girl received that Christmas she was two years old. Bitty’s had a few marker decorations and one arm is a bit loose. But she’s still beloved many times over.
…Bless the toys whose shapes I know… ~ from Prayer for a Child by Rachel Field
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Ok. So now I’m off on a nostalgic road. This parenting time sure is fleeting, wouldn’t you say?