Mini G turned 3 today! It’s her first, full day at the new preschool/daycare. She was a cranky one this morning. I think that’s the main reason she was a little teary at the drop-off. I hope she’s having a good time. We celebrated her birthday last nite because my father-in-law was in town. I took her yesterday with me to Dollar Tree. We got balloons, plates, plasticware and a Happy Birthday banner. I probably own all of this stuff in a box somewhere. However, a couple weeks ago she told me she wanted blue & purple balloons, so I focused on getting those colors. I didn’t Pinterest a thing. I ordered pizza and we got two slices of cake from the store. They’re about $2.50 at Safeway and are fairly large in size. I guess we’re just not sweets people. It was enough for us and not too much leftover to tempt us the rest of the week.
I already bought clothes and didn’t present any of them as a wrapped present. She’s particular about what she wants to wear, so it’s better for me to ask if she likes something or not. I like educational toys and was kicking myself for not going to the Lakeshore Learning. Oh well. We must press on and live in the moment. So, after going to the gym late the other nite, I went to Target late the other nite. This is what I found:
Yes, yes, you know I worry about the Disney thing and overexposure to the empire. Doc McStuffins isn’t a princess, but she’s still a character that comes w/tons of merchandise available for purchase. I want Mini to feel familiarity w/these very famous characters, yet not feel like she’s lost without her Mickey Mouse plate. It’s all about striking the balance. I couldn’t bring myself to put it in the shopping cart for some reason, so when she asked for a gift suggestion I told my mom to buy it. Mini G looked at it a little yesterday, but didn’t get into it until today. This morning she ‘listened’ to George’s heart, his father’s heart, one of the trains got a shot and a band-aid and she took the blood pressure of a stuffed animal. The set is so stinkin’ cute. The ‘listening part’ of the stethoscope lights up just like on the cartoon and Doc McStuffins says something. The blood pressure cuff has a moving hand on the dial. I haven’t looked closely at the syringe, but you can definitely press down on it. The band aid is a piece of plastic, like a cuff. It’s great because it’s reusable. This is a winner.
I don’t see this one online! This is the one I’m still patting myself on the back for choosing it. Mini G plays with a couple of Thomas the Tank Engine pieces and a few odd Matchbox cars. She zooms them on various surfaces. Floor, bathtub, pillows, me. I thought she would love this the most and I was right. It wasn’t a stretch to pick, but it sure it nice when a gift goes over well.
It took 3 adults to get the the parts all connected. The box set is $24.99 and comes with 4 trains. Addtl trains are about $2.99. Waaaay cheaper than anything Thomas related. There’s a double set for $49.99, but I figured we should just start w/the basic one. if I want to add one, I’ll just get another $24.99 one. The mat underneath the set (pic below) is $9.95. Just buy that, too. It makes a nice surface and keeps the train play area contained.
. I will still get that one. As far as sorting clocks, I like the Melissa & Doug (above) because the minute and hour hands are labeled. They’re not labeled on the Mickey Mouse one I purchased. It’s still good for sorting shapes, but she already knows colors and numbers. It’s also good to have around because we only have digital clocks. It’ll be good for her to get used to seeing a clock face.
Last year I was so obssessed with getting a play kitchen. I’m glad I didn’t get anything bigger than this one. She plays it a little, but not as often as I thought she might. I have a feeling she’s going to run right to the train set when bring her home. Total winner.
Lakeshore Learning has outlets. Two in California & one in Maryland. I’m looking at the Real Bug Discovery Kit for Mini G. We recently finished a garden class and I don’t know if she was into the bug or plant aspect. I’d probably take her to the store & let her pick out what she was interested in. I’ve been wondering how I can foster whatever she’s interested in without buying and returning thru Amazon. Someone might be interested in the and The Chess Teacher. It would benefit me since I don’t know how to play.
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