I was inspired by this post about how all this baby wants for Christmas are real objects, and things which we adults do not find valuable but little ones really enjoy.
So I decided to do a comparison between toys which gather dust and real objects that get used. Don’t get me wrong, Nicky does get a lot of mileage out of the toys we have bought him. He especially loves all his toys with wheels. But to be honest, I see him spend a lot of time with normal objects as well. This is in line with previous posts where I have mentioned this concept. (What you really need for your baby – you, not stuff, and Montessori Baby – children prefer real objects).
1. Toys to assist walking versus a wire kitchen basket:
Nicky even climbs in and out of this walker now! But mostly it sits around.
Nicky enjoys pushing this wire basket.
2. Toys to assist crawling versus pushing normal objects
Did you know that you get toys to help babies crawl? They are bright and have wheels which motivate the young one to move around. This yellow dog is still one of Nicky’s faves.
However, he is far from limited to this. He will push around anything. Brooms, tissue boxes, well, anything…
3. Rattles versus keys
This rattle lies forgotten in the ball pit.
4. Throwing balls versus throwing dog food:
Nicky still likes to throw balls.
But he loves throwing dog food. Everyday he takes handfuls of the stuff and gleefully throws it around in the kitchen. I scoop up the dog bowls and dog water and put it on the window sill. Not so gleefully.
5. Toy cellphones versus the real thing / other electronics.
Toy cellphones are on to a good thing. It is the next best thing to give your child when you are desperately trying to hold onto yours. They do keep the kid occupied for a while. However, that noise they make is really annoying. You have to weigh up how much you want time with your device versus how much you are willing to listen to that irritating tune.
Nicky loves my real Blackberry. He gets a look of pure joy when I give it to him (screen locked) and he presses the button and the screen comes on. He also likes to put it in and out of my handbag in the special side pocket I always put it in. If it isn’t there, he is most dismayed.
(I have to watch him though, when he takes it in his hands. I don’t want it to land up in the dog water. I have lost too many phones to water!)
He also gets great joy from playing with my IPad. I put the “Petting Zoo” app on and he plays with the animals. (Thanks for this suggestion, MomAgain@40!) They are cute.
The only thing is that I have to keep bringing him back to the petting zoo because he swipes his hand in a way that takes him to my mail and other stuff!
I think mostly real objects are coveted because they are used by us.
Adult stuff is much more fun than kid stuff. Mostly because most of the time it is not allowed.