I can't help but think though that they remove a large portion of imagination. They're so obviously something that it's hard to make them into something different. They're directing play. They even make the right sounds so you don't have to. I remember once when I was a child being desperate for a doll that cried etc, when I finally got one I barley played with it. I hated the very part of it that made me want it. It took away the spontaneity and the sense of open play. It devoured the sense of possibilities.
So it's always terribly lovely to see one of The Spawn choosing the basic toys and possibilities over the battery brigade and creating their own little universe with them.
Last Christmas we bought The Toddler some Octons. Whilst Myself, The Husband and Thing Two thoroughly enjoyed them, The Toddler didn't really show much interest. Until now. He has played with them every day for the past week. It's fascinating observing him.
Take this for example
|A flying fire engine speed boat.|
Then out came the old favourite, building blocks. These have lasted through all three of The Spawn, Thing Two even still uses them now to create epic landscapes and castles. So what did The Toddler and I do with them that day?
|First we made steps, for his beloved wooden people.|
|Then we made a car park.|
|The Toddler then redesigned it and commenced building a rescue station|
|Which evolved into this|
All this from a pile of bricks and some wooden people/vehicles.
Obviously he adores his all singing all dancing toys too, even if he does add his own touches substituting parts of one with parts of another. I love that he breaks the rules. I love that he creates his own.
It's nice to go back to the basics at times though. What better game to play than one you create yourself in your own universe?