Sunday night we watched a family movie. It was not animated and didn't hold the 3 year-old's attention. No problem. She has an entire room of toys to play with. She was quiet and occupied and I, ashamedly, forgot all about checking on her.
Half-way through the movie she comes to me and wants to show me something. "Oh, good!" I thought. "She's been building with her blocks." (What she usually has been doing when she wants to show me something.) But to my surprise, she led me to the bathroom, not her room. At that moment fear entered me. What was I going to be shown? There is plenty of trouble to get into in the bathroom.
I was flooded with relief and laughter when I entered the bathroom. My silly girl had indeed been building. But she chose toliet paper as her medium, not blocks. She was so proud of her tower.
So why DO we spend money on expensive bits of plastic for our children when they are happy with boxes, toliet paper and wood scraps?