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Sunday, April 29, 2007

Ball Pit

We got Katie a ball pit/play tent area for her birthday. It didn't even get to get wrapped. It shipped in the manufacturer's box and when Sammy saw it he wanted to play in it immediately. I guess it will have to live in the basement, because it takes up the whole living room! They have played in it every day since we opened it. Here are a few photos of them enjoying it.


Mommy to Ander and Wife to Box said...

Ander NEEDS one of those. NEEDS, I say. But I refuse to get him one because he has too many toys already. Sigh. How do I not spoil and let him explore?

Mathochist said...

Too many toys. I think this is a UNIVERSAL problem. Something I've done recently is start a toy rotation. I culled all the 'little baby' toys and divided all the age-appropriate stuff (except books and puzzles) into 5 paper-ream boxes. We pull a different one down every day. (I've heard of other people doing this once a week, or even seasonally.) More things are getting played with now, their attention spans on any given toy are quite a bit longer, and it does not take nearly so long to pick up the living room before Daddy gets home from work.

Don't be afraid to donate to charity toys that you don't want him to have or that he doesn't play with. (I say that, but I still have a lot of trouble with this myself!!!) There are plenty of kids out there who would be thrilled to have it.

"How do I not spoil and let him explore?"

Get it for him and leave it at your mom's. ;) Or outside. We just have too much wind here to leave ours outside. It would end up in Kansas!

Mommy to Ander and Wife to Box said...

My poor mom - 'cause I already do that! :) Alan and Ander are going through the toys right now (since you inspired me).

I totally believe in rotation. My sister does a pretty cool rotation. Ten toys are out at any one time. At the end of the week, if her kids reached enough of their goals(they are 5 and 7, so that includes clean their room, brush teeth everyday, and not hit each other), they get to rotate two toys out and two new toys in. If they have been particularly bad (say, received a red light at school), they only rotate out two toys. I really need to start that with Ander (without the consequence at this point, of course, but just keep ten toys out and change about two of them each week).