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Old 10-22-2006, 08:59 AM   #1
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The best toys are free

It is amazing how much money we can spend on toys for our young kids, and in reality they can make a toy out of anything.

We are in the process of doing a lot of paining in our house so we have color samples all over the place. Rachel is in heaven with all of these new "toys" and it is helping her learn her colors taboot.


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Old 10-22-2006, 09:16 AM   #2
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And making a "car" or whatever out of a boxes. LOL

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Old 10-22-2006, 09:29 AM   #3
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Careful, GB. You could be creating a big problem for yourself.

Some day you or a grandparent will point to an object and ask little Rachel, "What color is this?". Instead of asnwering GREEN. You're going to hear something like 'sherwood forest', or similar.

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Old 10-22-2006, 09:39 AM   #4
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Now you could use that old Tom Sawyer trick and get her to help painting the wall too...
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Old 10-22-2006, 09:58 AM   #5
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I'll never forget, when we moved our 3 year old grandson in with us, we bought him lots of new toys because he had lost everything he had. We also bought an upright deep freeze about the same time, and he had more fun playing with the box the freezer came in than all the toys combined. He defended that "fort" with a stick and a water pistol all summer.
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Old 10-22-2006, 11:44 AM   #6
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Boxes are the best toy a child can have...all sizes.....and both our daughters and then our grandsons always had them as "best toys"
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Old 10-22-2006, 12:12 PM   #7
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GB, here's a fun craft to do with little Rachel: cut each sample into it's own square (so there's no white between squares) , then cut each square diagonally, so you have many trianglular colors.
Using either elmer's glue or a kid-friendly glue stick, let her stick her triangles all over a piece of paper. After she's done, you'll have a pretty mosaic for the fridge's "art gallery". I actually framed one that my younger one did and it was really pretty!
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Old 10-22-2006, 12:23 PM   #8
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My youngest son is 7 and still to this day he loves playing with boxes. He dragged a big one downstairs the other day and proceeded to draw all over it and make it into a car.
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Oooh, one of my favorite toys ever was when my parents bought a new mattress and we rolled down the hill in that box all summer.

Nowadays it seems to be a big deal to get the delivery men to take the 'garbage' with them.
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Old 10-22-2006, 02:38 PM   #10
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I don't have any children but a lot of my friends do. They collect boxes and the kids have a great time painting them and also using them for things to sit on.

I have been in many Toy Stores and the prices are very high. I noticed that Costo has children's toys and they are very reasonable.


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