Saturday, June 8, 2013

Talking puzzles

This was one of my finds last week: a puzzle that rewards one with animal sounds as one correctly places the piece. What sound does a goldfish make? Bubble sounds. Maya is becoming faster and faster at it. Aside from her speech difficulties, poor fine motor skills are also a problem.

Amount spent on puzzle? 50 cents at the local school book sale. I bought a few silent wooden puzzles too along with some kid and adult books. A new pile for my middle of the night reading.

When my kids were little, the main talking toy was the Say and Spell.  It was a big plastic clock-like toy with about 12 pictures. On one of them were animals. If you set the dial to a given animal and pulled the string, you'd hear a crackly animal noise. Now almost everything has little computer chips in it. Almost all toys now talk and sing.

When I was a kid, there was Chatty Cathy. Pull a string and she either said Mama or I love you. Never had one.

What Maya's favorite toy now is a bubble gun purchased at the five dollar store (inflation). We've since bought a gallon of bubble solution so she won't run out.

It has been cool and sunny all week. No excuse not to run and bike. Between the two, I've managed to move this ancient body more than 90 miles this week.


Holly said...

what are you reading these days? always looking for new suggestions. i just finished Dan Brown's "Inferno" - very predictable and lackluster.

Sue in Italia/In the Land Of Cancer said...

Right now I am in the middle of "Freedom" by Jonathan Franzen. So far so good but mildly depressing.
Dan Brown writes with a specific formula that gets tiresome after the first book. Since I am a fan of Florence, I might read it anyway.

tccomments2013 said...

dear sue,

i am familiar with those puzzles with sound - got them for my grandchildren and they were delighted. but there is one stacked amongst the others, with the sound TURNED OFF that scares the hell out of me. each time i descend the playroom stairs - it plays, "how much is that doggie in the window?" i've tried leaving in turned on (reverse psychology!) to no avail - song STILL plays! i wonder who/what is sending me a message - i already have a doggie!
of course, the kids think it's hilarious - but i am so frustrated at jumping out of my skin, i think soon i will have to pitch the darn thing.

love, XOXO

karen, TC


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