You know how people always joke that no one should ever get kids real gifts, and instead just give them boxes and toilet paper rolls and stuff because that's all they really play with anyways?
Well, I kind of disagree, because I have seen my kids thoroughly enjoy plenty of real toys. But I have to agree that kids do seem weirdly drawn to certain toys that don't SEEM all that fun to me. Here's the toy that has caused me to finally voice this observation:
Ok. Well. I thought that I could steal a nice Internet picture to put right here, but I can't find one and so I have no picture because I am also too lazy to go take one right now. But they're donuts. It's a dozen plastic donuts, with interchangeable disks of various toppings- some plain frosting, some sprinkles, some jimmies. Addy got this set for her birthday, so... about three months now, they've been in the house, and they are still by far the most popular toy in our house. Every day I have to search every room of the house to find all the different donuts and toppings, because they are inevitably strewn everywhere, and they will inevitably be sought out again the next day and if they are not all together in their box there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
I just don't really get it. They're donuts. I see that it's novel, and that for kitchen play they would be fun to pretend to bake and decorate. But beyond that? I don't get how I find the donuts intermingled in the Victorian dollhouse and the Lego box and the dinosaur figurines and the race cars. How does one incorporate donuts and, say, the toy barn and farm animals? But they do it.
And also, I hardly ever SEE them getting the donuts out of their box. All I know is that I pick them up each night, and then at some point during each day, they sort of get assimilated into every other game and activity (and shoved underneath every piece of furniture.)
Also, perhaps not coincidentally, Curious George and The Donut Delivery is the most requested bedtime story lately.
Any weird or surprising toys that are popular at your house?