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Toy Story IV

The Octonauts Explore The Great Big Ocean In the beginning Jai had a fascination for Octonauts. So we acquired every plastic figurine, ‘Gup‘, and related underwater construction.

Then he discovered Thomas the Tank Engine. For a while we had almost every available aluminium train in the series, most which magnetically connect end to end. That included a boat on a carriage and the fat-controller in his car, both non-magnetic!

A year ago Paw Patrol was spotted on ABC iView. Thanks to his grandmother every character is a stuffed toy in Jai’s bed AND she created a large Paw Patrol patterned pillow case. It is still his favourite and carries him off to dreams of firefighting dogs each night.

Dinosaur Bones ABC4Kids have a new show which has captured Jai’s vivid imagination.

Andy’s Historic Adventures.

It is fun to watch him make dinosaur bones out of duplo, a tall T-Rex with his teepee, and a Time Machine with a milk-crate and training-clock. I have also created Andy’s techno-tablet using plastic lid and stick-on velcro!

The only suffering we have to endure is involuntary coercion to be Museum staff!

To date there have been no AHA franchise toys and books added into toy collection. Whew.

I only hope our boys can part with all these toys when the the day comes. There’s only so much toys a house can hold and a parent can endure!

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Jai’s Time Travel Adventure 

Jai has a new favourite kids program: 

Andy’s Prehistoric Adventures. Synopsis: Andy jumps into a grandfather clock back in time (get it!) to the dinosaur age, thrn brings back something for the museum he works within.

So tonight Jai asked for a ‘Time Machine’. I smiled with glee, but his mother frowned.

Jai now has what I am calling ‘a TARDIS whose clocking device is stuck in cardboard box mode‘. Jai doesn’t yet understand the reference. Sarah is adamant he won’t know for a few years yet. 

I can and will wait to make him a DrWho fanatic. Let’s hope the series is still going! 

Epilogue:

Peter Capaldi’s recent departure as The Doctor cannot be in vain. But I have a strong feeling the Christmas Special will reveal him waking up, yet then changing into his new incarnation.

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Backyard Ocean

A good afternoon indeed:

Kangaroo Island, South Australia Sitting on boogie-boards on the grass with Jai. He declared the grass is salt-water, that sharks are friendly and there’s been at least two tornados. He agrees we’ve been out to sea for about three years.

We rang for pizza on an imaginary phone. I said “Two years delivery or it’s free!” Considering how far we both are from dry land, we might be lucky.

We used these large Frisbees as hand sails, steering our boards across the grass, into a dessert island with a big shed on it. Aha, his imagination is amazing!

We visited the lady and little boy in the house, asking for bed and food.

Thankfully his mother played along. She had icy poles and the promise of ice-cream if we stayed for dinner. Jai asked if they had pizza. Nope, but they may have sausages. That appealed.

Aliens Love Underpants! I have been relegated to guarding our boards whilst he further investigates the island. I hear birds twittering in the bush-land and little else. I just hope we don’t spot Aliens or Dinosaurs in underpants. 

Hoping a rescue mission finds us soon. We have been doing this game for almost three hours. Send help or pizza!

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Star Kids

It was a proud moment when I found Jai playing with an aluminum-cast Millennium Falcon and Tie-Fighter.

I bought them a few years ago, just before the 1-minute-of-Mark-Hammil epic. They were meant to be figurines to display in my geek-shed. When I dismantled the shed, both were ceremoniously dumped in with the kids toys. Well, they are toys.

But Jai hadn’t taken any interest. So I returned them to a shelf beside my bed.

Shaun the Sheep: Series 2
This morning Jai jumped over our bed, slid over the other side, Dukes-of-Hazard style (though he said Shaun the Sheep does it!), and stopped to stare at my book shelf.

Pointing up, “What are they?”

Oh boy, he finally noticed them. “You want to play with them?”

“Yes please!” Okay, I had to remind him to use the magic word.

“Well, you are now known as Jai Solo. Aidan can be … Baby Fett!”

The Complete Saga (Star Wars) It was a fun three minutes of his version of Star Wars. We didn’t do the Kessel run in twelve parsecs, but the universe was destroyed by teddy bears, ‘slobber-glue’ covered the earth, and Baby Fett tried to eat the Millennium Falcon.

Then they were offered sliced apple … and the moment was over.

Though Jai is still calling his little brother ‘Baby Fett’. Gotta love it.

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Learning Curve

Wow, it feels like just yesterday that Jai was only 2yo, wanting to madly tap on the Samsung tablet without care for a result.

Now at 4yo he has gotten bored with most of the games.

So we have installed a few educational apps to improve his hand-to-eye coordination, as well as his memory and process-of-elimination skills.

He gets better every day, but is getting bored again.

What do you recommend?

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