The other day L was happily holding an old calculator to her ear babbling on like she was talking on the phone. Her face expression would change has she carried on her “conversation”. It was the cutest thing. D, didn’t think so. He turned to me with a worried look on his face and asked, “Is that normal, do we need to take her to the doctor?” I tried but I couldn’t help laughing….

It started me thinking though, is the art of imaginative play lost? Have we traded in simplicity for high-tech at the risk of our children’s imagination?

When we were younger, my parent’s got a new refrigerator and we played with the box that it came in for days. We made forts and houses and anything our imagination could come up. It was a blast! I’m sure there are still kids that do this but for the most part the toys now a days leave little to the imagination. I read this article, this article, this one and I think most people agree that imaginative play is both important and very beneficial.

If you think about it we have gone from Raggedy Anne to walking and talking Baby Alive. Is this really a good thing?

                 

Do the toys we choose to buy our kids directly affect the  health of their imagination?

I don’t know…but it is an interesting question.

mi.

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REDUCED Smock Dress/Tunic Top - Little Sis Oopie Owl Lime Lambs- size XS (6mos - 2yrs)
Aunt Bucky is one of my favorite children’s clothes and bedding companies. I think their unique style is just so urban chic cute. The downside is that it is usually pretty pricey but alas they are having a sale on their Smock Dresses. I love the different patterns and colors they have available. The best part is they are usually $100.00 but they are now on sale for $60.00, that is a pretty good deal.
Where I found it:
 
on etsy:  http://www.etsy.com/shop/AuntBucky
[photo source: etsy.com Aunt Bucky store]

 

SincPizza Felt Foode I was a little girl I have always loved play food. On many occasions I have told D how excited I am to buy L her first pieces of play food. I don’t know what it is about the fake food…it just makes me smile. I came across these Etsy finds the other day and I’m pretty sure I will buy some. It is play food made from felt by Pickle Things. There is everything from sushi to pancakes to chocolate chip cookies. These sets are adorable. Here are some of my favorites:

Pancakes Felt Food  Spaghetti and Meatballs Felt Play Food

Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich Felt Food
      
 Where I found it:
 
on etsy: http://www.etsy.com/shop/PickleThings
[photos source: etsy.com Pickle Things]

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My Monkey Pillow - Mirasa Designs
I was wasting time on the web as I usually do and I came across the site, http://www.mirasadesign.com/. All of their products are pretty cute but the floor pillows especially caught my eye. I could just picture this in a little boy’s nursery. To top all the cuteness off, all of Mirasa Design’s products are eco-friendly. I wish I had a boy’s nursery to decorate because I would definitely buy the My Monkey Floor Pillow.

                                                                                                                             

Where I found them:

online: http://www.mirasadesign.com                                            

  
[photos source: http://www.mirasadesign.com

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                                                              Choose to Soothe with 3 Aromatic Play Clays from Mama K's                                                                                                     

I love handmade things. I think they make the sun shine just a little bit brighter even here in Seattle. Today, me, L and D were taking our usual Sunday morning walk, we stopped into RetroActive Kids (one of my favorite places) and this product made me smile, Mama K’s Aromatic Play Clay. Handmade play dough is just so cute…and it smells good too, what could be better then that? We bought the lavendar.

Where I found it:

 on etsy: http://www.etsy.com/shop/MamaKs

@ RetroActive Kids: http://www.retroactivekids.com/ 

The Smart Set all 7 Play Clays in MINIATURE  Mama K's Aromatic Play Clay (Gluten Free) Tube of 5 4 oz. tubs  Gluten Free Play Clay Party for Five  Lemongrass scented play clay (gluten free) 4 oz. tub

[photos source: etsy.com Mama K's aromatic Play Clay Shop]
 mi.