The Best Toys

With a pair of boys 7 years apart, I wondered whether they would play together much... so it gladdens my heart deeply to observe scenes like this. I'm amazed that there a number of toys they really enjoy  together.  The top favorite around here are these magnetic gears (perfect for entertainment while I cook supper... except that it makes it difficult for me to get into the refrigerator!)  Other favorites?  A play-tent I set up in middle of the living room (it adds so nicely to the decor!), any type of ball or balloon, and of course, books!

I know they may not always get on so, but for now, can you hear my heart singing?


  1. My two oldest boys have 11 years between them. They have fun together but I have heard that the best part of brotherhood will come as adults when the age won't matter any more and there will be more common things in life. We'll see...

  2. Soooooo cute! Goodness! I, too, love to see my boys interact. What's even more amazing is watching *all three of them* get along. No, it doesn't happen often. But it's so much fun when they do. It usually involves crawling up and down the hallway at top speeds. (:

  3. I can indeed, my boys were 5 years apart, and were good mates. cheers Marie

  4. Where did you get those gears? I feel like indulging my inner child a bit more...

    My girls (8 years between) play beautiful together when the big girl is willing; I love hearing her read to the wee one and them giggling in the bath, or playing horsey, dancing or crawling through the enormous tube thing I got at ikea.

    I don't enjoy the screaming when they pull each others hair, shoving and telling the other to 'go away' or the wails when the wee one bangs on the gate across her big sister's door because she wants to play in the doll's house too.

    Ah well the good with the bad.

    My sister is 6 years older than me and we didn't like (know) each other til I was in my very late teens...

  5. I acquired this set when I returned a useless baby gift and had a store-credit http://www.lakeshorelearning.com/product/productDet.jsp;jsessionid=Ng0Rv71qvfv03DQGjL4sYJpTptQ36mHQw2QKHF1p1Jgl8hvRd1DG!-1881135542!1592308958?productItemID=1%2C689%2C949%2C371%2C917%2C534&ASSORTMENT%3C%3East_id=1408474395181113&bmUID=1306539249354 Here's the link for this set, but there are others available on Amazon.com Our set does not use batteries... it is cranked by hand... super-fun!

  6. Hmmm... that link I posted above for the gears looks dodgy. The set is called "Turn & Learn Magnetic Gears." They are from an educational supply store called Lakeshore Learning.


  7. I'm always surprised at how much my four year old plays with my 1 year old (yesterday!). They play lots of chasey, hide and seek and they wrestle together. Yes, the one year old is finally learning some moves to best his big sister. Watch this space!

  8. My girls are 6 years apart and now that one is a teenager and one isn't quite to double digits yet, they live in fairly separate worlds, but once in awhile, I'll find them doing something together and having fun. I try not to breathe then, so they won't notice me, and just let my heart sing!