We went to Sam's Club tonight and lo and behold the gigantic canister of Tinkertoys! David and I told the kids that maybe they can have something like that for Christmas. Since that is an eternity away, the kids begged please, please, please can we have that? Although dh and I were glad that they had good taste in toys, we were not going to buy them this gift. So the boys had a huddle and decided that they think they have $40 at home in their piggy banks and wallets...we relented in the hopes that we would not have to return this purchase due to a lack of funds on their part.
Now, it is a little odd for my 4yo and 6yo to have more money in their wallets than I do in mine! But I guess that's what happens when I make them put most of their gift money away and then they forget about it. We raced home and I was very relieved to find that they did have the money (and some to spare!). I'm also pleased to report that they've been creating and inventing in their rooms all night.
You know, they have spent hours and hours playing and creating with cardboard building blocks, their wooden train set, and now these Tinkertoys. All the battery operated toys, however, get very little play time and usually sit at the bottom of the toy box or carelessly tossed under the bed...remote controlled toys, little robot dog, and my nemesis-- hot wheels race tracks!
I hate those things! They have actually been banned as gifts in our home...and yet the grandparents or aunts just can't seem to pass them up for b-days or Christmas. I will pay my sisters back one day. Their future children will be receiving lots of battery-life-draining tracks with 6 page instruction books and track that doesn't quite snap tightly together enough...and where the entire set is completely useless if you lose or break a single part of it. Watch, they'll probably have girls who aren't interested at all in this kind of stuff. And I'll probably be nice and forgiving and give those cool National Geographic toys instead...*sigh* It's not easy being me...