Sunday, November 05, 2006


In praise of free

Two of the most popular items in our house these days, for the under-five set at least, came to us completely free.

Simon's new favourite book, which we *must* read every nap and bedtime, is a small paperback copy of Chicka Chicka Boom Boom that came free in a box of Cheerios. From the same promotion, we also got John Lithgow's Marsupial Sue, but apparently it's not as magical as Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, which I can now recite from memory.

And yesterday, we stopped at Harvey's for lunch after a morning on the town, where the kids' meal toy was Silly Putty. Silly Putty definitely deserves a spot on our list of 'timeless toys.' I have previously mentioned how much I love Harvey's kids' meal toys. Play Dough, markers and notebooks, Silly Putty... so much better than the plastic junk that McDonalds and the rest of the fast food places give out!

For those of you willing to invest a little more than the price of a hamburger combo in your holiday gift shopping, the Canadian Toy Testing Council has come out with their annual report on the best toys for 2007. You can also consult their full report for all the toys and books their panel of more than 1000 toy experts - Canadian kids of all ages! - tested this year.

(This disjointed Sunday-morning ramble brought to you by NaBloPoMo. This might be harder than I thought! Anybody got a good meme?)