First it was the wooden needles two-year-old Theo found while exploring upstairs in my knitting supplies stash. And once a boy has wooden knitting needles that look like drumsticks – one needs a drum.
But what to use for a drum?
Fortunately, there happened to be an empty, red, heavy-duty Folgers coffee container available and it turned out to be the perfect drum, except … it was too difficult to play, holding a “drumstick” in each hand plus a drum – especially when one wants to march in a “parade”.
So – the next solution -carefully put one hole in each side of the “drum”. Thread an extra-long black shoelace through the holes. Slip over head so container rests comfortably in front of child. Pick up your “drumsticks” and there you have it – a favorite toy of one particular toddler at my house this Christmas.
Okay – I rest my case – for what I believe and know to be true- often the best-loved toys originate from the stuff we have in our homes – real things that can become whatever the moment calls for.
Drum roll … please –
For this New Year of 2017, I wish you and your family many simple joys (and toys) and many more creative moments together.
A- rat- a tat- tat!