Let’s Play!

Earlier this month I received a backpack filled with toys from Imagine Toys. I hadn’t told the kids because my idea of fun doesn’t include being asked where is it, where is it, where is it, multiple times a day. This is why I don’t do road trips. Once someone asks if we’re there yet, I’m ready to pull over wherever we are and declare yes, this is it; we’re here, this stretch of highway was our destination all along.

The box came and there were squeals of delight. I was afraid that because the toys were basic, my kids’ excitement would wane quickly. Thankfully, I was disappointed. A Frisbee. A jump rope. A ball. Sidewalk chalk. Basic is still good and I’m grateful that my kids weren’t jerks about it. They immediately wanted to go outside. My 11-year-old was excited about the rope. The 4-year-old couldn’t contain himself over the Frisbee, except it reignited his desire for a puppy because a puppy is needed to properly catch a Frisbee. We are not getting a puppy. I’ll catch the Frisbee. No, I’m not going to bark.

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We’ve had a pretty mild summer. It’s been humid, but not too hot. Just a handful of 90 degree days, for which I’m thankful since we don’t have central air. Your condolences are appreciated. Every day since the toys arrived the kids have played with at least two, usually the ball and the Frisbee. It’s nice to see them gadgetless. Now that school has started, we have less time in the evenings to play outside, but a few days last week we were able to. There’s no screen time allowed during the week when school is in session, so this was a nice distraction. And I’m glad to be reminded that basic toys are still toys to be played with, and throwing and running for a Frisbee is exhilarating and fun (especially if you’re willing to bark like a puppy while doing it).

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Imagine Toys wants kids to go “out and play.” Everything in that backpack contributed to my kids doing just that. It reminded me that being outside can be fun in itself. Nothing has to be fancy. We can make up games to play with that ball that last hours. We can get tired from chasing a flying disc. And we can perfect our puppy sounding skills. You never know when those’ll come in handy.

More about KaBOOM!: KaBOOM! is the national non-profit dedicated to giving kids the childhood they deserve by bringing play to those who need it most. They’ve partnered with imagine toys to bring you the Go Out and Play Collection, which aims to get families outside and give kids the balance of active play that they need to thrive. Since 1996, KaBOOM! has has mapped over 100,000 places to play, built more than 2,400 playgrounds, and successfully advocated for play policies in hundreds of cities across the country. A percentage of each purchase from the Go Out and Play Collection goes back to KaBOOM! For more information, visit KaBOOM.org.

I received a KaBOOM essentials kit for review. All opinions and complaints about the Texas heat are my own.

Comments

  1. says

    I’m all about “surprising” my kids because I don’t like the questions either. BUT I do love roadtrips. My answer is, “We’re closer than the last time you asked.” HOWEVER, I may use your line next time. And cackle with glee.

  2. says

    I so agree. Better to surprise them so you’re not hearing about it every five minutes. Isn’t it the best when they put down the flame throwers for a minute and get into the old school toys? Your little guy is a doll. Go long with that frisbee, buddy! :)

  3. says

    Wait…what…no a/c…and your hair still looks fabulous?
    Our summer was sucky but I think I only had two days where my boobs spontaneously sweated all over. That’s not embarrassing.
    My dog ate the Frisbee. The end.

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