My nieces have given me a special gift: I have a legitimate excuse to play with toys again.
The twins are on the cusp of three; double trouble, double delight. It is fun to watch them play; it’s fun to join in the play. I’m glad I’m not their mom at this stage. It would be WAY too much work.
They like to play tea party, and to play with miniature cars. They are absolutely secure and determined when they want or need anything. Credit goes to their parents, who let these girls be who they are.
Also, the fact that they are twins gives them a ready-made comfort in being together; a reinforcement, a backup, a co-conspirator. It’s amusing to hear the echo. Well, it’s amusing to me; I’m not so sure their parents would concur.
Watching them play, I got some ideas for gifts for toddlers and younger kids. Thought maybe you would appreciate the insights. Here are their favorites; some are classics you’ll recognize.
Cars, trucks, trains and “erplanes”
My brother’s family came by airplane to visit us. It wasn’t the girls’ first plane trip, but it seems to have left a big impression. Their banter about the “erplane” was hysterical. They loved playing with the wooden train set, the toy cars, and, of course, the toy erplanes.
Reinforced Tea Ware
The twins hosted a tea party for a herd of stuffed animals. They enjoyed the clank of the stoneware tea set. I got a little nervous that someone would get hurt as the cups and saucers met the ultimate child testing. So, stoneware may not be the way to go.
Anything small was fair game: cars, animals, people, furniture. It wasn’t so much playing dolls or house, but playing “life.”
The Game of Life
Speaking of realistic, any toys that provide an opportunity to imitate real life are always favorites with kids.
Whatever gifts you decide on, be sure to join in on the play time. Your attention is what makes any toy more fun, and that is the real gift you will give and receive!
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