We made it through Christmas 2010. R. doesn’t really understand the concept of wrapped presents. I ended up opening most of them, she kept going back to the toys she already opened. But she definitely enjoyed getting a stash of new toys, she was giggling and saying yay a lot. She also collected everything on the dining room table, like she needed to take inventory and guard it from being taken.
She really loves these Caring Corners furniture sets. I see a doll house in our future. I’m really impressed with these sets, one came with a doll (Mom I guess), a bed with an attached blanket, a nightstand with a working lamp (she loves this) a cat, a stool and a book. The doll can hold the book if it is sitting, and once I did this, R must have asked me to do it 100 more times over the last day. The other set has a doll (the daughter), present, pinata and a table with a birthday cake on one side and you can flip it over and there’s pizza on the other side. Each side has two little triangular pieces of cake or pizza that can snap onto the plates on the table or into the pizza or cake itself. R. was kind of frustrated at first that these pieces did not come off completely. But now she is used to it and seems to like to fit the slices in like a puzzle.
She also likes the Fisher Price Flip Flop Egg Drop toy. I have to thank Shannon De Rosa for the suggestion. R. hasn’t figured it all out yet, but she is captivated. It is a little tricky. You have to line the egg up with the hole for each egg, and there are three levels one has a wheel, one a push and pull lever and one turns. You can flip it over and do it again. At the top there is a chicken (or a duck?) that comes out when you turn a wheel. I think this will be around our house for years. It is good for fine motor skills, problem solving and it is kind of stimmy watching and listening to those eggs.
This wasn’t exactly a Christmas present, but I bought a small plastic cabinet with three drawers. R. has been really into opening drawers lately, and she has a growing assortment of play food and dishes. So I filled the drawers with the food related items and she just loves it.