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Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Works For Me Wednesday -Toys Edition

This weeks edition of Works For Me Wednesday is all about toys that have stood the test of time. We are to share what toys our kids have truly played with and have been around awhile.

Here's my list.
1. Builders and Benders- These have been around since my daughter was little. She's now 15 and my 2 sons, who are 3 and 6, play with these a lot as well.
2. Lincoln Logs- they can create something different every time.

3. Blocks- we've had the large plastic ones for quite some time and the kids all played with them a lot, but for Christmas the boys are getting the old fashion wooden blocks with different shapes that I think they will enjoy even more.

4. Plastic food- I can't tell you how much my kids have played with this bucket of plastic food and pans. They love to pretend cook.

5. Art supplies- Keep the crayons, paper, scissors, glue a coming. It keeps the creative juices flowing.

6. Homemade play dough- my kids love to play with play dough. But make it yourself as it doesn't dry out as quickly. Don't bother yourself with all the little play dough toys because we have a bucket full of them and all they want is a plastic knife to cut the play dough up with.

7. The Magnadoodle- Oh have mercy , I love this thing. All my kids have had one and they still love it.

8. Outside toys- Anything that will encourage outside play is a good thing. Some of our favorites are any kind of balls, shovels, pails and a dirt drive way with shark teeth to discover in it.

9. The Wii- Yes I know, I know. First off let me tell you that we didn't buy it. My parents did. We couldn't afford it nor the games. This was a grandparent thing, BUT with that said, we do have some fun playing with it. Our favorite NON VIOLENT game is Mario kart. My kids are limited to the amount of time they play but they do love to play it(and so do I). We don't encourage any violent or profane games.

Things that haven't stood the test of time are things that take setting up first. Like a train track, or race track. If you have room to leave them set up that's great but having to take it down every time and put it back together is a pain and the kids will get sick of doing it and so will you.
Big items that take up space. The larger the item the more I want it played with because if it's taking up valuable space in my house it better get used if it doesn't then out it goes. I have a 2 month rule. If something doesn't get played with after 2 months then it goes in the to go pile. Nine times out of 10 they will never miss it or even ask about it again.

Well there you have it. I hope this helps you while you do your Christmas shopping for the little ones in your family. Hop on over to Rocks In My Dryer for more toy ideas.


  1. Thank you! I've been making out my Christmas list for the kids, and I was looking for things that I would not end up giving to goodwill by June. LOL

  2. LUV the Wii. I normally hate video games but this is sooo different. Mario Kart is one of my favs.

  3. Good ideas. My problem? The grandkids already have everything. I wish my stepdaughter would not do that. For several reasons, but one is that I can't ever get them anything they want...that I can afford!

  4. Oooo, you just reminded me that I wanna get some Lincoln Logs for the boys this year. I loved those things growing up (I'd still sit and play with em).

    Like the fall decor here on your blog!

  5. Kim,

    Lincoln logs are awesome! And we still have a bin of legos that the little nephews love to build with when they are here.

    God's Word is true, my friend, and His mercies are new this day....I'm feeling better. Hugs to you!

  6. Great ideas for things for the Grands as they grow. Thanks, Kim!

  7. Love the art supplies and blocks here as well!

  8. I agree with you. The best toys are always the classics:-)

  9. Great list of stuff!

    I am looking forward to a Wii. My son has been saving his money for one - he has enough for half, so we already bought one for a Christmas surprise as a family gift - ssshhhh, it's hidden. And we will use his money to pay for his half! The gift from us is the other half.

    Hubby and I were thinking though that we might have to open it early - say the day after Thanksgiving!

  10. Now I need to go find what Lincoln Logs are!

  11. Love it! I forgot about Lincoln Logs! Those were great! You are so resourceful. ;)

  12. Thank you for sharing your list! I have been seriously considering a Wii for our family present this year. :D


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