For this theme week I asked my son, Elias, what his favourite toy is. Elias is 3 (nearly 4) and so it will come as no surprise to most mums with a 3 (nearly 4)-year-old boy that he answered, “my scooter”. Elias loves his blue Micro scooter and goes everywhere on it. A boring trip to the shops can be turned into an exciting adventure if his scooter comes too.
However, the unoriginality of this choice brings me to tell you about another of Elias’s favourite toys (if it can be called that). Elias likes his ‘stuff’ — everyday he carries around with him 3 – 4 random objects and can not be with out these ‘things’, whether they are tied to him in some fashion or stuffed in his pockets or in his back-pack. He is lost without them, he goes to bed with them and they are always the first things he asks for the next morning.
I did find the whole ‘thing’ obsession a little strange for a while, but now I love it about him — all his ‘things’ form so many ideas for games and imaginative play throughout his day. So what are his typical ‘things’? Well I just checked his pockets (see picture for proof) — this is what I found:
- A length of orange string (from my present-wrapping drawer)
- An LED light on a key-ring
- A small carabiner clip which has a tape-measure in it
- An old pedometer
- The rope part from his Playmobil police helicopter
- A packet of sugar from a cafe
It is amazing how many stories and games he devises with his daily artillery and even though the ‘stuff’ gets refreshed occasionally, it is always made up of ‘cheap as chips’ bits and bobs and random finds (I didn’t even know we owned a pedometer!).