Monday, October 19, 2009

Our favorite toys at the moment

Unlike Andrew, who mostly played with chunks of wood at this age, Aaron really likes toys. Mainly his brother's toys, of course. And since he has really good fine motor skills for his age, he will happily play with Andrew's toys for big chunks of the day. His favorite at the moment are the playmobil knights. He can't quite do all the pieces himself, yet, but he has finally got to the point where he can put their swords and shields in their hands by himself. He loves these guys.

The other big new thing is that he can put the little leggos together. Lego has been a bone of contention between the boys for quite a while. Last year for Christmas, Andrew got a starter set of little legos, and Aaron got a starter set of Duplos. Aaron categorically refused to play with his Duplos, and instead spent huge amounts of energy destroying and disrupting Andrew's fun with his "big boy" legos. This has meant that the Legos have had to stay in Andrew's room, and all the Lego creations have stayed high up on Andrew's shelves.

Fortunately, the times are changing. Andrew was making a giant army of Transformers the other day:

As you can see, we have a pretty random assortment of lego. This is because a lot of it is the odds and ends left over from my lego sets. My mom kept them, used them for all her babysitting kids for years, and recently passed them on to me. Some of them are 30 years old, so although they still work, they don't stay together as well as "fresher" lego, and there are not longer complete sets of anything. I think the lack of proper sets is great because it means the odd pieces can be used for virtually anything.

Aaron, meanwhile, happily put together his one Autobot over and over again.

While he can get the pieces on well enough, he can't push hard enough yet for them to stay. He doesn't really care, though. He is still "playing" with the legos and with his brother.

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