P is for Playful

Isn’t the best thing in the world watching kids play? From the sidelines of course 🙂 While you have a tea, a bagel, glance at your magazine, and know all is right with the world.

With four girls of varying ages, we have had our share of play in our house.

From Dress-up

To Dolphins

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To Baking

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And although dress-up, dolphins and baking have all been fun, one playful moment stands out from the rest.

And this is how it played out.

The girls have always loved making things out of nothing and this one time, Miss Jade took it to the next level.

She asked for huge boxes from Santa. Just boxes. And in fact she wanted more than one!

Now as most parents know, Christmas is a challenging time of year (usually financially) but this year our challenges were maxed out.

Santa had to find huge boxes from an appliance store and wait until Miss Jade went to bed to put them together. However Miss Jade had an other idea. Suspicious of Santa, she decided she would wait up for the boxes to magically come down our woodstove chimney. What are 2 terribly tired parents to do? Well you coax, you plead and then you bore your child until she falls asleep, finally. However, Miss Jade being who she is, insisted on sleeping on the couch downstairs by the tree, right beside our garage where said boxes needed to be recreated.

Quietly, and oh so painfully slowly, Chris brought out the tape gun and went into Santa action making the boxes in the garage. 3 of them! As they would barely fit through our front door, one was forced inside, and two others were left to shiver on our snowed in porches.

When Miss Jade woke up and found the boxes, she was E for excited and O for overwhelmed. Santa was really real.

And those boxes? They were played with endlessly. Forts, science experiments, kitchens…old 3383Those boxes played many roles but most importantly, they kept Santa alive for one more year.

What was/is your child’s favourite toy that cost little to nothing? Or one that you remember from your childhood?

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  1. joannesisco · April 18, 2015

    Wow – this post brought back memories … kids and boxes 🙂

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  2. Oh, Lordy. That first image is the best ever. Best. Ever.

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  3. Rhonda Albom · April 18, 2015

    My girls used to collect the fairy dust that the tooth fairly left after each visit. BTW – I love the glasses/straws in the top photo.

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    • lovetotrav · April 18, 2015

      The fairy dust? Oh that is so interesting. I love that. Yes, I love that photo too. Such science geeks, which both are not!


  4. herheadache · April 18, 2015

    I used to love playing in a box as a kid. My mom would cut a door and windows into a big box and a house was born.

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  5. Sarah Ferguson · April 18, 2015

    Still one of my favorite low cost toys is a deck of cards – pretty much endless entertainment. I’ve played cards everywhere, from trains in China to a lanai in Hawaii to a houseboat on the Mississippi.

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  6. SD Gates · April 18, 2015

    My kids always said the stockings were the best part of the whole Christmas day, because they never, ever knew what they were going to find in there. I have, ooops Santa has put label makers in there, back-scratchers, hand-held exfoliators, bath-soaps, and their most favorite were the Pick-up Stix (NOT). They still give me a hard time about the Pick-up Stix, I don’t know why – we always used to have fun with them when we were kids. Of course – I used to tell them stories about how I didn’t have any toys as a kid, the only thing I had was an empty tomato tin. Based on that story they used to say to me , when your only toy was a tin, I guess a can of Pick-up Stix was the bomb. These kids!!!

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    • lovetotrav · April 18, 2015

      That is so hilarious! I love the pick-up stix story. We did love them in this family. Thanks so much for sharing.

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