our analog christmas

I remember being so amazed when my then 15-month-old son slid his dad’s iPhone on, went through his games, found a field goal game and scored a few before we even knew what hit us. A year and a half later, I have to pry electronics away from his tiny little kung-fu grip.

This Christmas we’ve decided to go old-school: nothing digital, no screens, no batteries. We’re looking at active toys that spur imagination, inspire creative play and encourage problem solving so our son can have opportunities to create his play world.

And so begins my obsession with Melissa & Doug.

I love the learning mats (they work wonders when you go out to eat or have a restless toddler waiting for dinner).

      

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finally a play kitchen that isn’t mandatory Pepto-pink!  FYI– Boys dig kitchens, too.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My son loves these travel games. He gets his memory-game fix without being on the iPad (iPhone, iPod, etc. etc.)

           

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Who knew these would still be cool 20 years later? Apparently, our parents were on to something.

My toddler and baby are entertained for hours by building blocks.The best part? I’m not worried about BPA or cell phone radiation.

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