Thursday, April 2, 2009
There have been a lot of things that surprise me about parenting. And one of the things I've been thinking about lately is how much I love giving gifts to my children. I love seeing them happy.
Now, hold on a minute here. Before you let your eyes roll, hear me out. I know it seems obvious that parents would enjoy seeing their children happy, but what is surprising to me is how much I love seeing them happy. And the lengths I would go to for those expressions of joy. I put them on carnival rides. I tickle their bellies. I play with them in the snow. And I buy them gifts. All for the double whammy effect: they're bursting with joy and I am too.
Maybe it's hormonal.
Anyway, Easter is upon us. And I've put in many hours of internet research on what toys I want to get for them. I've taken into account their ages, interests, what they already have, how long the toys will last (both in durability and in play value), where we would put them and well, if the toys are cute. It's not so bad tripping on a toy if the toy is cute. Just telling it like it is.
So, I ordered some of these cars for Isaac. And when they came yesterday, the company wisely sent along a catalog. So, I showed the catalog to Andrew. His first Looking-In-A-Toy-Catalog experience.
He flips through it past the baby toys, past the stuffed animals and then he finds this. And Oh. My. Goodness.
First he traces the track and shows me exactly how the balls get from the top to the bottom. Then he closes the catalog and flips through it until he finds the toy again. As though he's playing hide-and-seek. He flips from the front. He flips from the back. He tries opening it to the right page in the middle.
I think he's drawn to building things.
Anyway, I want your opinion. Andrew already has train tracks, legos, tinker toys, a work bench, and wooden blocks (and this does not include the cardboard boxes and couch cushions and banana peels and other things he finds that he can build with). Wouldn't you say we have enough toys to use for building? Shouldn't I be encouraging other areas of Andrew?
The question is not so much "should I buy this track for Andrew?" but more "If he has and loves one kind of thing (construction materials) do we run with it, or do we try to encourage other kinds of play?" Is telling Andrew that he has enough toys to build with like telling me that I have enough craft supplies?
I asked Dave and showed him the track and Dave said, "I had something like that. Andrew likes to play with the toys I used to play with!" Dave loves the track, thinks we should get it, or something like it, and I imagine that Dave has every intention of playing with it himself.
Anyway, this is something I've been thinking about and thought I would throw it out there. What do you think?