Relax. There will not be anything expensive or trendy in this mix. No LeapPads or four-C-battery-operated blinking noisemakers, because
Confession: When it comes to kids’ toys, I am hopelessly behind the times. When things run out of batteries in this house, I let them die.
I threaten to give nothing but packs of batteries to my kids some year for Christmas, to fit into all the toys they already have. And they keep reminding me of this threat. They’d love it.
But of course at that point I’d have to surrender my sanity or move to Honolulu.
You know, on second thought that might be a win-win situation. They get the toys, I get the tropics. But I digress.
Ironically, two of the toys I suggest do require a battery. But a single noiseless battery that lasts for months (or years) I find less offensive. From four years old and up, my kids have learned more from tinkering independently with these simple items than I ever expected.
- A watch
- A calculator
- A good book of maps
What other humble items would you add to the list?