I hate playing with my kids toys.
BOOM. I said it. It's true. There isn't much I enjoy playing with. I mean you stack the blocks and someone knocks them down. You dress up the Barbie, the next thing you know someone prefers her naked. HEY, dressing Barbies is HARD keep her clothes on!!! Mr Potato Head ... getting a little warmer into my realm of play ... eating fake kitchen food? I'm a pro at it. Oh I'll DO IT...I just don't always LIKE it.
And NOW we are turning a corner. The games are becoming more and more things I enjoy playing and enjoy watching them play. There is strategy involved in UNO and Mancala ... I enjoy watching their little brains tick and figure things out. I also don't hold back when I play games with them! Sometimes they win, sometimes I win. I want them to be good winners and losers and so far I like the spirit they bring to the table with games.
But then we got GeoTrax. And now I'm in love. I love the creative "hands-on" process of it. I love building them unique and fun tracks and seeing what we can come up with. Then I love to see their JOY when they play with it. Another aspect I love is watching THEM figure it out. I love to see their brains work to configure the track and really think it through. Way cool.
A few things about GeoTrax. Unless you want the latest and greatest, don't buy them new. OR start with a basic set and build from there. They are durable and strong and timeless. There are a lot of great pieces from old sets out there. (the new ones are really cool too, but so expensive!). Instead, comb Craig's list. I've gotten two additions to our first set for a fraction of the price! I've been so pleased! Also, ALL of the kids enjoy this toy -- it knows no gender. Also, it seems like it will stand the test of time and be a toy that we have for a long time. I'm sold.
So, even though I wasn't into the kids toys before ... look out now. If you cannot find me, I'm likely huddled in my basement with my crew pretending I'm a high tech engineer building a massive train track!
Happy Sunday friends.