I am sure every parent has a list of toys on their black list. In our house I feel like I have a daily battle with Polly Pocket/ Mini Princess shoes, clothes and other accessories. I hourly find pieces to the Lite Brite in random places of our home. I have gone through many a Magic Clean Eraser to clear off marks left by Crayons and (so called washable) markers.
Another thing that I don’t have much affection for is….. play-doh. It tends to get everywhere, gets stuck on things and if not properly stored it dries out. Just not my all time favorite child’s play thing. All this to say, as a parent, there are just several toys that cause me to wonder “WHAT IDIOT INVENTED THESE?” and then “ I MUST BE THE IDIOT FOR BUYING/KEEPING THEM”.
And then the reasons become clear…… DELIGHT! JOY! SMILES! All from my girls and you remember why you are willing to organize and reorganize toys, scrub and rescrub every surface under the 4 foot mark. And why I am willing ( not without a few grunts and complaints) to scrape dry play-doh out of the carpet.
MY GIRLS LOVE PLAY-DOH! If it doesn’t take the number one slot on the list of favorite toys it is definitely in the top three. They can play with it for a good two hours in absolute peace. One more VERY valid reason for keeping it in the house.
And at the end of the day….. seeing them smile makes me smile.