Toys and playing

This week Marsha, the host of WQWWC has given us the topic; Toys/ play.

I love this quote. Grandparents are like putty in the hands of their grandkids. They are usually at the age where they have more free time to play with their grandchildren and to spoil them. They would also spend hours playing with their toys with them or reading to them.

“I once bought my kids a set of batteries for Christmas with a note on it saying, toys not included”

Bernard Manning

Kids are fascinated by things that are not toys. I love this quote because it is often the case. Small kids would play with the packaging instead of the toys or demand the batteries to put in their mouth instead of the actual toy. My granddaughter loves to play with her feeding bowl, cup and spoons, etc instead of the expensive toys her parents and grandparents get for her.

“If we were poor, we didn’t know it ’cause I guess you don’t miss what you never had. So, you know, we made do with whatever. We used to make our own toys, and we used to play with spinning tops and marbles. A pocket full of marbles, and you were rich – you didn’t worry about no money”

Aaron Neville

This reminds me of the time we, I and my siblings were kids. We didn’t have a lot of money to spend on toys and would play with marbles or makeshift toys. Often converting everyday objects into spaceships or planes, and having the time of our lives. Playing outside with a bat and a ball or hockey sticks was our afternoon routine. No fancy gadgets or electronic toys were available in our childhood. The best I could dream about was the “walkie-talkie” doll that someone bragged about having. It remained a dream till I grew out of it. But I think we still had more fun than the kids with more expensive toys and gadgets because we used our imagination too.

Written in response to WQWWC #51: Toys/Play, hosted by Marsha



59 thoughts on “Toys and playing

  1. This is so true. My son’s first Christmas he played with the bows and boxes instead of all the huge presents we bought him. When I was a child, I loved to play with my mom’s lids to pots and a wooden spoon.

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  2. I absolutely love this. Your quotes were spot on. I know when I became a grandparent the only thing the kids wanted from me was my time. As they get older it has morphed into a listening ear. Your personal examples were a great add on. I enjoyed this and can relate. Donna

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  3. I love your quote and comment about grandparents. When I was young and had no children, young kids particularly thought I was a toy and climbed all over me. I’m sure it would be no different now except that now all my friends have older adult children! They’re done with crawling and climbing. 🙂 When I was about 9 or 10 my grandmother told me I couldn’t sit on my grandpa’s lap anymore because I was too big. I remember I was soooo offended at the time. I was like the puppy who grew up and could no longer squeeze under the couch. Thanks for the lovely post.

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      1. I’m glad you liked it, Sadje. For some reason I didn’t get your link at all. I just knew you would have something and found it on your blog no problem. But isn’t that weird because you definitely had a link in there?

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  4. I remember making towns out of boxes for the matchbox cars I had. We created furniture for our Barbies out of scraps of anything and back then Legos were just blocks where you used your imagination to build things. I really enjoyed this post Sadje, took me way back. 😊

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