After the Christmas rush and the gift guides and the Christmas lists, I like to make a mental note of what really got that huge smile on Christmas morning, and, even better, what has continued to provide entertainment since the box was opened.
Hands down, the #1 winner for “entertaining Owen the most since Christmas” (aka “the toy that has given me the most quiet time”) goes to the marble run. I kid you not, every single night since Christmas (give or take a few), Benjamin and Owen have dragged that monstrosity into our kitchen and played with it on the floor while I made dinner.
And every night when I call out, “Dinner time!”, Owen whines, “I’m not finished playin’, Mommy!”.
They’ve built it and re-built it several times, and for some reason rolling marbles down the tracks is completely mesmerizing.
So, a hot tip for those of you who have an active preschooler to wrangle while you make dinner!