Category Archives: Unusual uses

Kids Play: Interesting yoke

Yesterday Lily attached her Hello Kitty boots to either side of her toy flower and bent the thing over her head. It reminds me of a water yoke from the old days. I kept wondering if she was going to go water the garden like this.

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Kids Play: Hermit Crabs

Lisa’s kids’ hermit crabs had an exciting adventure last week when her daughters and the neighbor kid decided to play with them like dolls. These spoiled crabs got to enjoy a day in the lap of luxury! Or maybe they just put up with it. One or the other.

Don’t sleep in the beds, you’ll get crabs! (Sorry, I had to.)

What hermit crab doesn’t love riding around in a convertible and letting the wind blow through its hair?

After a long drive on a hot day, hermit crabs enjoy a nice dip in the pool.

I say it’s time to dump the terrarium and move these crabs into the dollhouse full time!

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Kids Play: Combination Guitar

The other day, Lily told me she was playing the guitar and started singing “We All Sing With The Same Voice” (is there any other song? Not in this house.).

Her guitar was, of course, a combination lock. It looks so much like a guitar. How can you blame her?

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Kids Play: Cart Ride for Two

Toy shopping carts aren’t just for food.

What I especially love about our shopping cart ride is that Woof Woof our Build-A-Puppy always rides too. (No worries, you guys, I was right there the whole time. No babies were or have ever been hurt playing this game.)

Everybody gets to ride! The baby, who doesn’t walk yet, pushes the preschooler!

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Kids Play: Laundry Baby

He’s only 8 months old, but Rachel’s baby E already likes to “help” with the laundry. He likes it so much, he has decided to become one with the laundry. He loves it when Rachel piles laundry on him. Being at one with the laundry makes him laugh and laugh.

He also has a great love of dryer sheets. They are a delicacy Rachel is trying to keep away from him, but he knows the truth. The delicious taste of dryer sheets is probably the very reason he has decided he wants to “help” with the laundry. I understand, E, dryer sheets are a delicacy at my house too.

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Kids Play: Toy Story Friends Devoured

I just discovered this in this playroom.

“Wow,” you say. “That sure is a big Mr. Potato Head… but wait… what is that behind his eyes? Is that? It can’t be… It is!”

That’s right. It’s a Woody doll from the “Toy Story” movies. “There’s a snake in my boot, but Mr. Potato Head still ate me!” says Woody. Doesn’t he look scared? The casing is making his mouth look like he’s in distress!

If that weren’t bad enough, when I turned Mr. Potato Head, I discovered he also ate Cowgirl Jessie!

I have no idea how these events transpired. All I found is circumstantial evidence of something that was clearly hilarious. I wish I’d been paying more attention this morning!

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Kids Play: The Secret Bear

This may look like an ordinary (Dora) dollhouse bed, but it contains a secret.

It has a secret trunk compartment. You press a button on the pillow, and this trunk pops out.

If you were 3 years old and faced with a tiny hidden compartment to a dollhouse bed, what would you do with it? That’s right, you’d put some “treasure” in it. In this case, the “treasure” is the bear that came with the Diego action figure.

That bear is never NOT in that compartment. It is where he lives, with the trunk pushed back into the bed. It always amuses me to pop the trunk out, open it and find this tiny little bear surprise inside it!

If you take the bear out and put him somewhere else, my daughter will find him and put him back immediately.

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Kids Play: Shopping Cart Passenger

Ever since my mother put 3-year-old A in a double-seater Costco shopping cart with her favorite stuffed animal Woof Woof, A has decided that Woof Woof should be her shopping companion at home. Her shopping cart doesn’t have a child seat, so we are always finding Woof Woof’s legs and butt stuffed between the rungs of the cart handle. It’s pretty inventive.

Although we have toy food, Woof Woof and A generally buy linking letters.

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Kids Play: Duct Tape Family

LisaBe of Scamper Artistry sent in this submission.

This year school supplies included colored duct tape to color coordinate and label all 4 of my kids’ supplies.

Everything has been piled up in one room. Vista, age 6, and Fiona, age 3, gave the colored rolls of tape names and played ‘house’ or ‘dolls’ with them. Made them walk and talk. Mommy roll of duct tape, daddy, the whole thing.

Then when they are finished, Fiona stacks them on the back of the chair to make a “rainbow”. With so much fun, I wonder why we have 100 dolls laying around the house.

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Kids Play: Horseshoe Necklace

These inflatable rings are part of a water horseshoe game that came with a baby swimming pool. Naturally, all the girls at this baby pool party decided to use them as necklaces.

One necklace is never enough!

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