I'm also having to answer all kinds of odd questions about Christmas. I explained to K that Santa checks if she's been good (I'm planning on milking that one for all it's worth) and if she is then he'll leave her a present under the tree on Christmas Eve (or is it meant to be in her stocking? Can you tell I'm still new to this?)
K: Why does Father Christmas come down the chimney?
Me: Because he parks his sleigh and reindeer on the roof.
Me: *Googles image of Santa's sleigh being pulled through the sky by reindeer* See!
K: But how does he fit down the chimney?
Me: He has to breathe in.
K: How does he see in the dark?
Me: Uh, he has a magic torch.
And so on, usually ending with an exasperated "just because" from me.
We paid a trip to the V&A Museum of Childhood a couple of weeks ago. I'd like to say that it was a fascinating and educational trip but the truth is that we didn't make it past the cafe. Once K and her friend had finished
To show you what I mean I will pit one cool toy of my choosing against one of the eyesores that K has asked for.
Miller Goodman Shapemaker (£32.00) Vs Hello Kitty Oven (£29.99)
Winner: The Shapemaker, the drawback being that for those with OCD tendancies you'd never be able to put all those blocks away in the box without it forming one of the designs.
Magical Menagerie Kit (£16.99) Vs Peppa Pig Girls' Time Teacher Watch (£9.49)
Winner: The watch as it is educational, although I'm hoping it will have a short life-span so I can get her a Flik Flak instead.
Playplax (£18) Vs Fisher-Price Little People Disney Princess Songs Palace (£49.99)
Winner: None here, only losers. Playplax has the retro thing going for it, but doesn't have the versatility of other construction toys like Lego.
I've concluded that I'm hankering after toys that remind me of my childhood. It can only be subconscious nostalgia that spurred me to buy this for K (from ELC)...
When I used to have this as a kid (Fisher Price)...
And as for baby E...
I could get him any number of lovely baby toys but he'd still go to his favourites for a chew...
Not a sponsored post - shocking I know! Prices I've quoted are taken from V&A and Argos at time of writing. Hairbrush and remote control are priceless.