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Tennis balls and laundry baskets

Uploaded: Dec 14, 2013
A couple of weeks ago, my son was lucky enough to spend a week with his great grandparents. In preparation for our trip I crammed tons of toys and books into suitcases. When we left, I was nervous that I didn't pack enough to entertain my son for an entire week.

Lucky for us, my grandfather was on top of it. A truck and a few books was all I really needed to bring. My son loved transforming everyday objects into toys. A piece of plywood became a ramp for his favorite truck to zoom down. Tennis balls could be tossed into laundry baskets or secretly hidden under the couch. A truck could zoom around the oval-shaped "racecar track" coffee table. And when we needed a change of scenery, the elevator down the hall was better than any amusement park ride.

It was such a relief to see my son having great fun with everyday objects. It's easy to forget that sometimes the most mundane objects make the best toys. Toys are wonderful. But an empty box and a little imagination can be even better.


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Posted by MP, a resident of Menlo Park: Fair Oaks,
on Dec 16, 2013 at 1:28 pm

Amen .... great article.

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Posted by Cheryl Bac, a Palo Alto Online blogger,
on Dec 16, 2013 at 1:46 pm

Cheryl Bac is a registered user.

MP - Thanks so much for reading and commenting. I'm so glad that you enjoyed the post.

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Posted by Sally Torbey, a resident of Palo Alto High School,
on Dec 18, 2013 at 10:40 am

And an empty box, a few tennis balls and a great grandpa make it the best!

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Posted by Cheryl Bac, a Palo Alto Online blogger,
on Dec 18, 2013 at 11:21 am

Cheryl Bac is a registered user.

Sally Torbey - We feel very blessed. Thanks so much for reading and commenting. We'll definitely ask about my grandma's childhood Christmas memories. I bet she will love reminiscing.

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Posted by Elizabeth, a resident of another community,
on Dec 23, 2013 at 5:36 pm

Amen and great article! I have definitely realized that everyday objects can be great fun. Anything really can take on a new life for children of all ages. An empty shampoo bottle, big cooking spoon, pillow, laundry basket, a paper plate, pots and pans, the list is endless. Keep up the great work!

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Posted by Cheryl Bac, a Palo Alto Online blogger,
on Dec 23, 2013 at 7:09 pm

Cheryl Bac is a registered user.

Thanks Elizabeth! Absolutely. We made a ramp out of 2 cardboard boxes for my son's cars. It was definitely a big hit. I can't wait to see what other objects we can transform into toys. Recently pillows have been great fun. Happy holidays.

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