The challenge gets playful.
See the blog Expatriatism for a list of the other worthy participants, including my artist niece, and links to their daily drawings.
Day 24: Our assignment was to draw a Toy.
Although I’m 57 years old, I actually spend a lot of time playing with toys these days. On the floor. With my grandson Max. (Disclaimer: I would gladly play with my granddaughter, as well, but other than a few brief moments of stacking her Duplo pieces, she’s usually going through the room across the floor, at about 36 mph.)
Max is into trains. And I mean really, really INTO them. This includes Thomas the train and all his buddies like James, Henry, Percy, Annie… believe me, the list goes on and on, and my favorite 3-year-old knows them all. (I pause here to offer silent thanks that my daughters were into Sesame Street, and now my grandson is into Thomas the train, and that we totally sidestepped the extremely annoying purple dinosaur who shall remain unnamed.)
The Ikea train easy is fun to set up in multiple layouts with loops and bridges (trestles?). And the colorful little locomotives and cars hook together by magnets. Fun.
Playing trains with a little boy is interesting. Shouts of “Choo choo-oooooo!” and “All abo-oooard!” abound. But the absolutely most fun thing to do (Grandad soon learned) is to make a break in the tracks so the trains will “CRASH,” which allows you to say, “Oh no-oooo! They crashed!” as if surprised. (This is most likely one reason why our laws don’t allow for three-year-old engineers.)
Of course, “oh no” is said with a big smile. A smile of sheer delight with eyes a-sparkle.
Come to think of it, Grandad is smiling, too.