I’ve been slowly adding to my toy collection for the childcare kiddos. I am a huge fan of non-Wal-mart toys and of wooden toys. Don’t get me wrong. I have nothing what-so-ever against Wal-mart. It’s just that my kids have many of the toys there so having them at their house AND at my house makes the toys a little un-appealing. Who wants to play with the same things day in and day out?
Anyway my budget and my conscience won’t let me just go out and buy new so I (somewhat) patiently wait for things to come my way. I love wooden toys as they really last a long time so when I saw a Melissa and Doug brand wooden animal train in a bag for $1 at the thrift store I snapped it up. I didn’t know if all the pieces were there but figure that somehow we could improvise….and we did with the help of Hubby.
When I got home I dumped the contents of the bag out and tried to figure out how to put it together….I have no clue.
Then I “googled” it and found this image.
hmmm…we were missing two pieces. UGH.
The horse needed a bottom and the sheep did too. I showed it to Hubby explaining I needed two pieces. A few minutes later he came back with them. Two just like this one.
They both need to be painted but for now we have a train.
I have two little ones that are walking and I really think they are going to enjoy pulling this around.
I sure love that I have a handy Hubby. The toy is $20 on Amazon…I paid $1. If it ends up not being a very popular toy, I won’t fret over spent money…if they love it, I’ll be happy I didn’t spend the $20 and still got a great toy.