A while ago I wrote about how sometimes the simplest toys are the best ones. One of BabyBoy and BabyGirl’s christmas presents makes this point again.
They received an ELC Wooden Post Box (I’ve attached a link to the ELC webpage as I couldn’t find an exact picture of it, but for those who don’t want to click away, it’s basically a toy version of the picture on the right). This is a very simple toy. A square box, with a slot to post five wooden letters into, and a hinged door at the front that can be opened to retrieve the letters. There is also a hole at the back through which letters can be retrieved too.
I love this toy because I had a similar one when I was a child, but I didn’t seriously think it would entertain BabyBoy and BabyGirl for very long. After all, it has no buttons to press, no flashing lights, no sing-a-long music.
But every day, without fail, they pull it out and play with it. They quickly learned how to open the door (the first few times they just flung the box around until a letter fell out of the hole at the back), get the letters out, and then they post them back in. And this will go on and on. Usually accompanied by clapping as each letter hits the inside of the wooden box with a clunk.
So if you have a 1-year-old in your life, a wooden post box might just be the way to go.
(As ever, I have no connection to any company mentioned in this post.)