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Old 10-22-2006, 03:30 PM   #11
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Along the lines of GB, when I was a kid we lived near a post office and I would love collecting all the fabric samples I found in these huge books Boxes were my daughters favorite "toy" along with pot, pans, and spoons to bang on them

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Old 10-22-2006, 07:17 PM   #12
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GB, my youngest daughter, at 3, "won" the booby prize at a family night at our 5 year old's school - it was an exceptionally ugly 2qt pot from the '70s. Porcelain over tin or something like that. Beige with brown speckles and orange mushrooms. She LOVED that pot. When we arrived home from the outing, she insisted on cooking in it. She wanted to cook dinner. I gave her a carrot and a potato and some beans, helped her a little with the peeling and cutting, and we cooked it together and ate the results, exclaiming all the while on the deliciousness of her dinner. Round about the same time, she also discovered my (size 8) boot-style roller skates, and put her 3 year old feet in them and proceeded to skate all over the show. We had given her older sisters skates for Christmas, but not Jess - we thought she was too small. At that time, she wore (every day) the green jersey my aunt had sent to her (really super ugly mint green with a boat neck)....the draw? That jersey came in the mail wrapped in brown paper with Jessica's name on it - it was special...she was so thrilled to have received her very own mail. She wore that jersey over Roseanne's hand-me-down blue Little Bow-Peep style flower-girl dress. Sometimes she'd pair the outfit with some red Wellington boots (or the skates). She was the happiest little thing with her pink cheeks and fluffy baby hair (always with a bird's nest of tangles at the back). Always thinking up something new to do....we lived in South Africa back then, and toys like the children enjoy here were so prohibitively expensive that our girls never had as many as what I see little ones have here... but they were really happy little things anyway.

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Old 10-22-2006, 07:49 PM   #13
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Little girls still love to play dress-up. A few years ago, I gave my grandaughter a trunk full of all sorts of dress-up things, and she was thrilled.
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Old 10-22-2006, 10:04 PM   #14
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One of my Grandmother's favorite stories was about Christmas, 1933. My father was 3 years old, and my grandparents had been in business for themselves for 8 years. They felt that they were doing well and that my father was of an age that he would appreciate some toy type gifts. At any rate, they spent more than they could afford on Baby Bob, including a train around the tree. He had a grand time watching the train and opening the presents, but when they next looked around, he was nowhere to be seen. They did, however, hear noises from the kitchen, and found him having a grand time pulling the pots fron the kitchen cabinets and banging them around! He ruined it for us as far as Christmas presents from the Grandparents went.
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Old 10-23-2006, 11:44 AM   #15
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When I was a little girl I never had a doll house for my generic barbie dolls. My brother fixed that though. He made me the most awesome doll houses out of cardboard boxes. They's have windows, doors and he'd rig up lighting even. The dolls swimming pool was my moms dutch oven..........
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Old 10-23-2006, 01:35 PM   #16
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SizzlininIN - I used to make my own doll houses out of shoe boxes, too- it was great fun. Also used to raid my mom's sewing basket and made headbands out of bias binding and rick-rack, made wallets as gifts for my dad out of construction paper, and loved drawing on the cardboard that came in new shirts and in new stockings/pantyhose.
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Old 10-23-2006, 03:30 PM   #17
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When my oldest was about 18 months old, we got a new tv. He absolutely lived in that box for the longest time. I have a pix of him taking a nap in it.

The younger boy took over my laundry basket at about the same age.

They also liked measuring cups, oatmeal boxes, and Grandpa's tractor.
I just haven't been the same
since that house fell on my sister.
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Old 10-24-2006, 01:26 PM   #18
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That's so true, GB! My parents came over the other day and brought Sofie a toy and a box of tights. She wasn't interested in the toy but clutched that package of tights all evening. She held the box all through dinner and walked all over the house with it. It could have been empty--she just liked the box.

What a fun way for Rachel to see so many different colors!
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Old 10-24-2006, 04:35 PM   #19
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geebs, a warning:

don't OD on the Barbies when Rachel gets a little older. All they do is strip all the clothes off them and you tear up your feet stepping on those teeny little high heels. Although, the little hairbrushes that come with most of the setups are very good for brushing one's mustache, as HH has found (you need to grow yours back)/
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Old 10-24-2006, 06:44 PM   #20
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LOL that is excellent advice Mudbug

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