In our market town, we have an excellent Department Store (Oldrids) which has a toy department....kindly located on the top floor which I love. It means that we have to make a special effort to visit but more importantly if we are dashing through, the children are not side-tracked.
Today I HAD to go to town and I HAD to take my 4 year old with me. As soon as we walked into Oldrids he asked to go on the escalator. I knew exactly where this was leading to...the toy department. We had a good chat about the fact that we could look today but weren't going to buy (because I really knew that would work!). So in we went......
Cool.....amazing.......cool and lots more cool!
Lego section. He went quiet and just sat on the floor and stared at the rows and rows of boxes for about 2 minutes. He was taking it all in before he resumed with the 'Cool' on repeat. Now - we are massive Lego fans in our house and we have quite a lot (or so I thought we had)...but apparently not. There is lots that he 'needs' including the Lego City Fire Station, and who can't live without some of the 'Star Wars' range?
Playmobil section - and another thumbs up from me. Again he sat on the floor and stared (only interrupted by the occasional 'cool'). I LOVE Playmobil (but not all the small bits and pieces). Apparently we can't live without the massive aeroplane and the 'City Action' range.
So - when it was time to leave (without a bag jam-packed with new toys), it actually went OK..........we got into the lift and Harry asked me whether he could have an ice-cream for being sooooo good. Well, he'll go a long way - he so obviously had an exit plan....and a 30p ice cream was cheap at half the price!
But I have been pondering...Lego or Playmobil....or do they both have a place in our house?
I think so..........But which is my favourite? I'm not sure. What about you?
Maybe I prefer ice cream?