Honestly, I don't really see what the deal is.
Wooden blocks? Hell no, ever seen how many kids get stitches from one flung at their head? I have a closet full of cardboard blocks, sturdy and neither child nor my house is damaged should one get hucked.
I have bins and bins and bins of Littlest Pet Shop, yes the ones with the BIG heads. I had no idea they ever were made any other way. Kid likes them 'nuff said.
4ft wood barn and 200+ horses and farm animals? Check
No girly house is complete without at least a few nekkid Barbies... I think those are in a bin in the basement.
Roomful of Geo Trax? Check (boy do I get tired of tripping over them)
More legos than a vacuum could suck up? Got 'em
Untouched easy bake oven? Yup, kiddos use the real oven
Toys change. That doesn't make them better or worse, just different! Heck, my kiddos are now 9 and 11, I've started doing daycare again and NOTHING is like I had for them. Gigantic, PIA highchair? Nope, got a nifty portable, padded one that straps to a chair or sits on the floor and has WAY more features than mine ever did. Instead of a doorway jumper it's this exersaucer on springs thing... way safer IMO. Strollers with shocks are AWESOME on a farm!
Kids are kids and ANY toy is creative. Compliments of my daycare children yesterday I have Nativity set people that are encased in plastic candy jars, a train visiting a fire station, rattles lined on end to create a runway only the plane wandered off to parts unknown so a boat became a "plane". An ambulance was deemed "a twactor" and several legos became hay bales.
Highlight of the day? The SCHOOL BUS (the one that drops my girls off at the house), OMG the squealing and screaming over such a delight coming to the house and of course the poor driver dying of laughter as I met the bus with 2 overly-excited toddlers, 1 giant dog that tried to board the bus, 2 goats that tasted her tires and my girls who rolled their eyes and attempted to hide in their jackets as they exited.
Oh and YES my child has a cellphone. When the bus died in the absolute middle of nowhere (hour ride EACH way to school) in subzero temps and of course dead bus = no heat, by the time the driver had managed to reach the bus depot for assistance, I was there and transferring all the kids into my warm truck where we kept them while the driver contacted parents for permission for me to drive them or have them to come.
Last edited by Delfina; 12-06-2012 at 12:27 PM.