Tuesday, March 13th, 2007
What Emulation Toys Fit Your Family?
Toddlers love to play with toys that let them model the behavior of mom and dad. In our home those toys are pretty mundaneâ€¦ a kitchen, a medical kit (mom is a nurse) and a doll version of our Maya Wrap. My daughter likes to emulate dad ironing his shirts at a friend’s house where there is a toy iron. She has asked for her own laptop.
Here are a few emulation toys I laughed out loud at when I saw them. They are funny to me, but maybe perfect for you.
Pretend and Play Office Set by Learning Resources consists of 74 pieces, including a day planner, laptop, pretend stapler, cell phone, ID badge, coffee mug, write and wipe paychecks and a crayon "pen." It’s never too early to give a child a tension headache. And what’s with the 74 pieces? I count about 30 in the product photo. Maybe they throw in 44 more crayons? For ages 3-and-up.
My First Craftsman Chainsaw and Goggles by Mammoth Toys comes with a motorized "chain" and sound effects. Wouldn’t you just love your kid running around the home with a fake chainsaw grinding away. For ages 4-and-up. Also see: Home Depot Chainsaw.
Let’s Pretend Grill-and-Go Camp Stove by Educational Insights is a propane gas stove replica that uses batteries to generate boiling and sizzling sounds while illuminating the stove burners. A pot, pan and four utensils are included. How odd that of all the exciting things that occur on a camping trip, kids would emulate the kitchen. The closest I came to emulating camping trips was wanting to pitch a tent indoors (never happened) and sleep in the backyard in a sleeping bag (did happen). For ages 3-and-up.
Jr. Shave ‘N Play Kit by Small World Toys is a robust 15-piece plastic toy shaving kit. I’m amused because not only does it have a electric shaver and a disposable razor, but there is a straight razor, too! I briefly entertained the idea of using a straight razor a couple months ago. I couldn’t locate a brick ‘n’ mortar store selling straight razors. How old is this toy? Is it perhaps sold in a country where straight razors are still commonly used? For ages 3-and-up.
The question of the hour is, what emulation toys do your kids play with? What non-existent emulation toys would they like to play with?