Thursday, July 20, 2006

Toys, toys, toys

While shopping for a birthday gift for my godson Jake, the girls tried out some of the merchandise.

I didn't know they had beds at Toys 'R' Us!

If we only had the room for this sweet little "grand" piano...

The girls love anything with the front of the store, they climbed into one of the "kiddie" Jeeps and asked me to buy it. Sure, let me get out $400 and blow it on a toy.

I do love toy stores...I didn't, until I had kids. Yeah, everything is too expensive, everything has a favorite character on it, most of the stuff is designed to make kids sit on their butts all day...

Except for what I bought today. Lorelei got a LeapFrog magnetic letter/phonics thing, with each letter as a magnet (she loves to rearrange the magnets on the fridge anyway) and a little box that says the letter and what sound it makes. She hasn't stopped playing with it. And her little voice is so cute as she sings the Alphabet song.

Isabelle got a "Planet Frog" habitat. It is like the butterfly habitat we got her for Christmas. We send away for leopard frog tadpoles, and we get to watch them grow up!

Yes, sometimes we get them toys that are just for fun (kids gotta play!) but we try hard to enrich them when we can. With Isabelle, we pulled all the stops, reading to her constantly, exposing her to letters, colors, shapes while she was still a baby: She knew the whole alphabet at 18 months, thank you very much.

With Lorelei, things are a little different...the second child sometimes gets the short end of the stick. But she is learning, late or not, and that's all that matters.


LauraHinNJ said...

The frog habitat sounds neat - you can release them into your marsh! wonder what you'll have to feed the tadpoles?

Myrtle, from the school cafeteria, said...

You can also enrich the girls with another experience after the frogs are fully grown.

Cooking 101.

Okay, girls it's time to help mommy fry up some amphibian legs.

Mmmm. Yummy.