Thursday, November 4th, 2010
Let’s play library, in a kit
Little Librarian is a pretend play kit for kids who like libraries. You get 15 book cards and pockets (the old method of noting inside a book the name of the person who has checked it out), 7 file folders, 6 overdue slips, 4 library cards, 4 reading awards, 2 bookmarks and 1 reading journal.
It’s most appropriate, of course, for kids who can write or think they can.
This kit is a great idea… for kids to make on their own. Why? Well, I hope I don’t really have to explain why, because any toy you can help your child make is bound to be more valued.
A more tangible reason is that the overdue slips appear to be paper, not friendly to a dry erase marker. Six overdue slips would last my daughter one afternoon.
The fun in pretend play is the process, not the outcome. My daughter would love to make the overdue slips, not just fill them out, and every one of her patrons is guaranteed to be late returning books.
It’s like playing grocery store. If you’re the cashier, you want to check customers out over and over again in order to play with the cash register and the pretend money.
What’s the corollary in a pretend library?
1) Help the customer find a book.
2) Check out the book.
3) Write up citations for late books.
4) Return the late books to the library.
It’s a little odd that the kit comes with 4 library cards, but I suppose you don’t want kids playing with real library cards unless they’re rigid. Our cards are mere thick paper.
If you think I’m wrong about this kit, or know a kid with an upcoming birthday who has uninvolved parents, nab it for $20 on Amazon.
[link via Reddit]