At work recently we were talking about kids birthday parties. My coworker was telling a story about a gift brought to her daughter at the last party she threw. Disgustedly, she said ” A pottery wheel! What am I supposed to do with that?” My response? ” What did you do to make that Mom not like you?” Because, seriously, who gives a pottery wheel to a 6 year old?
It’s not that the creative or artistic toys are inherently bad. But, if you bring my kid a gift that makes noise, or a giant mess or requires constant adult participation every time it is used, I will assume that you hate me. Pottery wheels, anything with glitter, anything that requires 6 or more batteries or anything dough or sand related are all on the list of toys moms hate.
I wish I had the time, patience and house staff to really enjoy those involved project “gifts.” But, I don’t. I also don’t have an ounce of the artistic ability required to make a descent looking coffee mug with the new pottery wheel. I don’t even want to read the directions on such things. I will accept my short comings and move on.
So, if all of these things go on the list of toys that moms hate, what goes on the other list? What toys would you recommend to another parent? What do you give at the birthday parties?