Last week we were in Florida for Christmas.Â To get all of our presents home, we shipped them with UPS because it was cheaper than trying to check them on the plane.Â The bummer was that this meant our gifts weren’t going to get to Connecticut until sometime next week.Â It is absolutely no fun to open Christmas presents one morning and then have to pack them away the next day for a whole week.
And that’s where my parents save the day!
My parents came up to Connecticut last week to spend a few days with us and to have our Christmas with them.Â Lucky for us, my mom doesn’t know what a “light Christmas” is and she more than made up for all the packages we had shipped and can’t play with for a couple more days.
I would try to make some excuse about the room being really small or something to make it seem like we aren’t as overwhelmed with presents as it looks like we are, but those would be lies.Â My parents don’t know how to not overwhelm at Christmas.Â So, if the wrapping paper piles look about 5 feet high, that’s because they are.Â And if it looks like I’m a spoiled brat, that’s because I am.
But its my parent’s fault.Â It’s always the parent’s fault.
After Christmas, all of Bean’s toy preferences changed.Â I think the great thing about gift-giving is when people give things that you normally wouldn’t have picked out, but it turns out that its just the perfect present.Â That’s how Bean’s Christmas from his grandparents was.Â Most of the toys I probably would have passed on because they seemed too advanced for Bean, but in actuality, he loved them!Â So what if he can’t use them for their exact purpose right now, he can still play with them and that will teach him as he grows.
One of my favorite things to read on other people’s blogs is what their kids are playing with.Â It gives me such good ideas for Beanie.Â So I thought I’d share with you some of the toys that Bean received for Christmas this year.Â Maybe it’ll spark some ideas for your Bean, too.Â Bean did not want for toys, so I’m breaking this up into a couple posts throughout the week.Â We’ll start this week with the ones that I’ve seen work on Bean’s eye/hand coordination.
He got this little pop-up toy, which I would have never picked out for him.Â He isn’t able to work the different buttons, so how much fun could it be?Â The answer?Â A LOT OF FUN.Â He can hit that big green button in the middle, so he now knows that those buttons make the animals pop up.Â This means he’s always fidgeting with the other buttons trying to figure out how they work.Â I can see his little brain just a workin’ in there.Â When he gives up on the buttons, he still likes the toy because he can close the animals and then he waits until I make them pop up again and he dies laughing.
He also got this bucket of different shaped hand toys.Â This was one of the gifts I gave him actually.Â I knows he’s months, probably at least a year, away from being able to match the shapes to the right hole in the bucket, but for now he really loves chewing on this!Â He likes chewing on the shapes, but for some reason he loves chewing on the top of the bucket.Â Not sure why, but he carries that thing around just a sucking on it.Â But you know what Bean can do with this toy that totally surprised me?Â He can put the pieces into the bucket (if there’s no lid on it).Â I dump the shapes out next to the bucket and Bean picks up each shapes, chews on it a while, and then puts it back in the bucket before moving on to the next piece.Â Clearly, the kid’s a genius.
Bean also got this boy.Â You put the balls in any of the shoots and they fly out of the bottom and it plays music.Â This one is a little advanced for him because he can’t follow the balls fast enough to see them come out of the bottom.Â But he likes the music.Â And he really likes those little red balls at the top of the dragon’s head.Â He chews on those.Â For now, we’ll keep on playing with this one trying to learn where the balls go, but it’ll probably stay a giant teether for a couple months.Â But at least he has toys he can grow into.
(And can we talk for just a minute about how this toy looks like a bong?Â I’m having some flash forward moments to about 16 or 17 years from now and I’m not liking them one bit.Â On second thoughts, maybe this toy isn’t the kind of educational toy that I’m looking for…)
Another toy that Bean got that was unexpectedly a big hit was this spinning toy.Â As soon as we opened it, I remembered the one that I had growing up.Â I loved it.Â Mine was orange and red and yellow with blue balls inside.Â This one is great for Bean right now because you push that big button on the top just once and it spins for FOREVER!Â So, Bean can just tap the top and he then watches those little balls inside bounce around for about a minute.Â Low effort, high rewards.Â Aim high, Bean.Â Aim high.
Check back tomorrow when we look at the bigger, more active toys that Bean got for Christmas…