Until recently superhero toys were a banned item in our house. But that ban was lifted, a topic which deserves a post of it’s own.
Today I’m distracted by all the other items that might make the toy blacklist.
I had a splitting headache. It was a ridiculously hectic weekend and everything finally caught up with me in the please-let-me-curl-up-and-sleep way. The firefighter was quietly engrossed in an activity at the kitchen table and when I eventually checked in on him I briefly questioned my sanity at letting him dig for plastic dinosaur bones (encased in grey dust) at the kitchen table. It looked like someone smashed dry wall to smithereens all over our eat-in kitchen.
But when I realized that he’d been happy (and quiet) for nearly 40 minutes I figured it was worth the mess. It did get me thinking about what we do / don’t let cross the threshold of our home.
I’ve heard of moms who won’t allow play dough or Lego to come through their doors. Some despise the mess while others have wee ones that don’t yet know not to swallow the brightly coloured pieces. Lego was introduced into our house when both boys were past the ‘it looks dangerous I should chew on it’ stage but in the next year we’re going to re-enter that phase with the baby duck and I’ll admit to breaking out in the odd cold sweat when I come across the 234th random piece of Lego strewn about the house.
We don’t have carpet on the main floor so I don’t object to play dough. This summer I finally but the kibosh on moon sand and it’s now an outdoor toy. That stuff spreads like wildfire and is impossible to clean up.
The firefighter loves perler beads and so far (knock on plastic) the monkey has only dumped a large quantity of them on the floor once. I’m not saying I’d be okay with the baby duck eating them but they don’t make me sweat like Lego does.
After a Christmas craft gone-wrong when the firefighter was 18 months old I’ve since banned glitter and/or glitter glue in the house. That stuff just will not die! I found glitter for a good two months after our sparkly endeavour. Now if they come home with sparkly arts and crafts from school and camp I become the arts and crafts gestapo and hide it in the van until it can be safely disposed of. Call me scrooge but I’m not festive enough to keep finding sparkles in the most unlikely of places for months on end.
There are hundreds (if not thousands) of itty bitty Playmobil pieces in the basement. Another few 1000 stickers in the arts and crafts cupboard. Finger paint, regular kid paint, water colour paint, and even a few ‘does not wash off like Crayola’ bingo dabbers tucked away in the arts & crafts cupboard. I don’t mind non-permanent messes, especially if the boys are having fun.
Is there any painful, messy, just plain irritating toy you won’t let into your home?