My son’s favourite ‘toy’

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!).

10 COMMENTS - Add your own

1. David Bier | November 19, 2010 | Reply

I love the fact that your little boy carries around an eclectic set of what seems like rubbish to our jaded eyes, but is treasure to him. My 2 year old generally has a hairband around his upper arm, or a small plastic Upsy Daisy, or a rubber duckie, or a plastic pot that doubles as a hat, balloon, shoe, or other storytelling device. Not so different to me and my phone, or my keys, or my sunglasses…

2. peggy | November 19, 2010 | Reply

mine is 3 1/2 with the same answer… her orange scooter :)

mine LOVES to walk around and find tiny treasures so in her pockets you will find supersmall plastics balls she found on the street, screws, elastics and other little parts that belonged to sth before…
the scooter actually helps a lot to get on :)

3. Deanna | November 19, 2010 | Reply

Our sons sound identical. We call his “things” his “bits and bobs”. I have taken to collecting his “bits and bobs” in a box when he is over them. We have months and months of “bits and bobs” in this box. We sometimes rumage through his box and my son reminisces – so cute.

4. Jasmin | November 22, 2010 | Reply

that’s hilarious, i thought my son was a freak but so this is quite common?? samuel has his travel backpack FULL of trinkets and treasures that he guards with his life and sometimes i see him walking through the house, struggling under the sheer weight of the backpack strapped safely to his back!

5. Esther in Amsterdam | November 22, 2010 | Reply

Pim takes the weirdest things to bed with him, last night he slept with his doudou, a plastic shark, the ToyStory DVD, a ball, a puppy dog in its basket and a skipping stick toy. There’s hardly any room left for him but he won’t have it any other way… It must be a boys thing!!

6. Esther in Amsterdam | November 22, 2010 | Reply

Oh, and yes, next to his bed he also has a box filled with his treasures… From hats to candy to bandages, whatever he feels is special…

7. Cate | November 25, 2010 | Reply

I was going to add about the taking to bed thing too, all needing to be tucked in just so!

8. Tasha T | December 7, 2010 | Reply

It is adorable and imaginative. My 7 and 3 year old are into finding lucky leaves on our walks, which they collect only one to carry with them.

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