When we had our first child, I couldn’t have been happier that it was a girl. But being a stay at home dad, I’ll admit, there were more skyscrapers out of wooden blocks than there were magic castles for Barbies. I busted out my old Hot Wheels cars and airplanes to play Airport and Car Wash. And sometimes I felt guilty that I wasn’t giving her more tea parties, dress up, and dolls and fairies. It was more building three story cardboard box forts and such. I’m getting better now, though. I’m not afraid to have a tea party with stuffed animals and dolls. I can build just as good of a fort with rainbow silks and call it Rapunzel’s castle and I don’t mind the occasional pink or purple painted nails. It really makes for great conversation at the grocery store checkout. Anyway, now a boy has entered the family and I couldn’t be happier once again. Now the Hot Wheels have changed rooms and I can balance my playtime accordingly. The one thing I do want to stay away from is the plastic noise making toys. The drills and chainsaws and whatnot that you pull a cord or press a button on and they rattle away some hideous sound. I just stumbled across these awesome knitted power tools over at Charles & Marie. I love the fact that the drill isn’t even a cordless! I also like that the tip of the drill will never end up in somebody’s eye. These are perfect. They are soft knitted cotton, they are washable, and they don’t need batteries. Your child will have to invent their own idea of sound for them and you can even help. Hint: the more spray that comes out of your mouth, the better the chainsaw sound.
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