I ain't overly enthused, but it would be disrespectful to ignore Rye's interests, and quite possibly be delaying his development...
So, when Shell from My Handmade Haven advertised that she had toys she wanted to sell, I had a nosey. Ooh lovely myriad toys and I did indulge a wee bit and requested the transporter below...... but Shell was also selling a huge banana box of duplo lego and a rather lovely cooker... I tapped my fingers, I'm ummed and arred and then I asked her to look into postage costs... and wow, about £12 to have the lot couriered to me!
And there's the cooker. Ooohhh, so lovely. Yes I know already got a cooker, a perfectly servicable ELC one... for a while now though I've had the idea of setting up some play areas outside; we have the sandpit area, there's the rug on the decking for various toys to be played with on it... and I thought it would be really nice to set up a "kitchen area" for the kids to play too. I was going to buy one of the kids gazebo's to go over it, to give a bit of protection and shade, although I'm currently having fingers on chin waggling moments and re-thinking about that, perhaps I could make a shade....
There are a few other toys that are plastic that have made it into the house, and been snuffled away for Yule, a remote controlled 4x4 and a stunt hoop a hoop track for all those diecast cars Rye has accumulated from various charity shops. Oooh and the bubble machine above, still that is a rather nifty contraption and did turn my garden in a bubble haven earlier, the colours of the bubbles shimmering and the kids running around.. it was quite otherworldly. Beautiful. And while Rye is slowing outgrowing many of the wooden toys... brio is not one of them, so I've treated him to a brio delux expansion set AND a brio remote controlled train.
I have always had some plastic, the sandbox toys are plastic..and I quickly discovered the sand can damage wooden toys a LOT, so I picked up a few secondhand diggers, bob the builder vehicles etc from charity shops and they live in the sandpit, and then a couple of the ride ons are plastic - again second hand, the balls, space hopper etc.
Still indoors, it was wood haven, beautiful, new and secondhand wooden toys arranged on shelving and on the window sill... so beautiful almost ornamental.... and now my floor is covered with duplo. Still, I thank my lucky stars, Rye is very rarely exposed to advertisements and because at home he only watches DVD's he has no idea about, er Ben10 is it? And other toys like that, toys which do make me cringe because they seem so, I don't know, so brass, the colours jarring... so at least my home won't be invaded by that gawd awful stuff. (Although I accept that one day he might want toys of that nature.... urgh, hope not lol)
Still, after the toy splashing out, that's Yule pretty much sorted, and for his birthday I'm seriously considering getting him a sit on digger for his sandpit,http://www.amazon.co.uk/Childrens-Metal-Garden-Sandpit-Digger/dp/B000LRZXLS/ref=reg_hu-rd_dp_img If we get snow, I'm sure he will enjoy digging that as much as the sandpit...lol.