Tuesday, December 29, 2009


Brandi commented on my last post that she liked all the toys that AnnaKate got for Christmas that require imagination. It got me thinking about how important imaginative play is. Before AnnaKate, I always said I wanted wooden classic toys for my child because they would last longer and required imagination. When AnnaKate came along, I seemed to deviate from the imagination toys to light up-musical toys because is what AnnaKate liked the best. But I soon realized that she liked what we exposed her to. She can play with toys that require imagination and will grow and learn from them. I was really pleased when I looked back at her Christmas gifts and realized very few things require batteries.

AnnaKate's kitchen is a huge hit. She cooks for us all the time and especially likes to make sandwiches. Everyone has to eat...including baby.

One of the best gifts AnnaKate ever got was a mirror for her room. It is still the focal point of all play. She has moved it so she can watch herself cook.

Today she put on her aprons and really enjoyed playing "dress-up" in the kitchen. This also led to a hat parade. I just sat in awe as she spent a good 30 minutes trying on all of her hats. I really think she needs a chef hat...

*This is her monogrammed shopping bag for her felt food...or a hat...**The apron can also be a hat...this was my idea!

What kind of neat toys did your child get for Christmas?


Jessica mommy to Alex/ RTS said...

She is so beautiful. we are still on lights and batteries with Alex. If he didnt have those all he would do is bang all the doors around the house....Hoping the imagination comes soon.
I knew you would like my wordless wednesday-it was all about the thumbs:)

Holly said...

Love the shirt. Our favorite toy from Christmas has been the wooden pirate ship. Lots of characters (cars) are falling off into the ocean!

Angelica mom to JesusRTS said...

how cute i love her hats!:)

Lori said...

I love the pictures! We have got to get the girls together to play with AnnaKate's new kitchen! (and the hats!) Mallory Kate is also into the "imaginative" play right now. She likes to have conversations with her polly pockets and Barbies. It is so cute to listen in!

Melissa said...

Cute pictures. The hats are so cute and the gifts she got this year were great. I try to remind myself that if the toy is talking, the child won't.
Will and I had fun at the playdate. He appreciates AK understanding how "protective" he is of his stuff.

Girlfrog said...

Oh, you know how I feel about toys! So glad she is enjoying her kitchen. Grace is head over heals in love with her doll and Harris loves his microscope and bow and arrows!

Brandi said...

Ok, you've challenged me...at what age did you start with the imaginative toys? I have no clue what to do for a boy! We have all kinds of cute pink kitchens, dolls, and doll houses, but boys?

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Elizabeth said...

I love your blog! My daughter was just diagnosed with RTS and your little girl reminds me of her so much. Right now i am trying to find people who we can relate to.

Thanks for making a blog!
- Elizabeth.