I’m continuing today reviewing Bean’s Christmas presents. I think it’s safe to say that Bean’s favorite Christmas present this year were these incredibly large Buzz and Woody stuffed dolls from Nana and Granddad. My mom said she found these on a clearance rack at Walmart and picked them up as just a little something extra for him. Little did we know that in the weeks leading up to Christmas, Bean would be on a HUGE Toy Story kick. So, when he opened these giant things, it was like Buzz and Woody had literally walked right into our living room.
For the rest of the day, wherever Bean went, Buzz and “Woo Woo” were never too far away.
Bean is really into stuffed animals right now. He likes to carry them around and then sit them up next to him whenever he stops to do something. I also hear him talking to them, which makes me wonder if he is starting to pretend things now. I love seeing him use toys that encourage his imagination. And the bigger the stuffed animal, the better to Bean. He likes life-sized things and so Buzz and Woody were perfect for him!
Another big hit this Christmas was the Little Tykes plastic rocking horse he got from Nana and Granddad.
It’s such a simple toy (in fact, I had this exact same horse when I was little and it hasn’t changed in 28 years…), but the simplicity is what makes it so great. Bean loves it! He can really get it rocking!
My parents focused this year on getting Bean toys that required HIM to do most of the work. There weren’t too many electronics and I don’t think one toy required batteries. They wanted toys that let him dictate how to play because they thought that would encourage his imagination and his creativity. And I’m so glad they made that choice. The gifts Bean got were all simple, age appropriate, and so thoughtful. It was a good reminder to me as a parent that the greatest gift I can give Bean is the independence and ability to create his own little creative worlds. That’s something he’ll always be able to play with – no matter where he is or what he’s doing.