We arrived at the Chicago Toy And Game Fair and promptly got to work on the floor. Mind you, I attended with the ladybug, Lil Miss and Sir Twizzler – ALONE. You’ll see why this is important later.
The ladybug worked her magic speaking to all the celebrities on the floor. They had lots to talk about and ended up being friends. Although the did feed the people on the floor (those cylinders) from Catan to the lamb. When I questioned her, she asked me if I had ever eaten gyros. I promptly shut my mouth. Bananagrams fun. There was possibly some angel wings, a pitchfork, a tutu, and some disrobing that happened in this booth. It was epic. EPIC I tell ya! Seriously though, the Bananagrams booth always seems to lure us in for a long time. It’s all the letters, yo. And the learning. And the FRUIT! This is part of the section where one of my favorite toy shop owners was. It was in the plan toys booth, and it makes my mathematical homeschooling heart happy. THESE are the types of manipulatives that I can use to make math fun. They are from Plan Toys and are available at Building Blocks Toy Store which has two locations in the Chicagoland area. Oh, hey! The Illinois Farm Families were represented! If you don’t know about them, this is the program that I participated in this year to learn more about where my food comes from. If you’re a mom and in the Chicagoland area, you should TOTALLY apply to learn more about it. Paul and Donna Jeschke were there as representatives, and they were super sweet as always. This was about the start of the beginning of what I like to call…THE meltdown. My very happy boy, turned into a bit of a Napoleon, and decided to just take a rest in the middle of a booth. And you know what? I let him. Taking time to learn about the Funny Bunny game. This one teaches ability to count, and take turns and deal with frustration when your bunny falls into a big black hole and you have to start all over. The ladybug liked it. THIS area provided so much serenity it wasn’t funny. It’s the TOMY booth, and they had a SUPER TALL Chuggington train set on display. Sir Twizzler didn’t care about that one, and decided to chill at the train table for a bit of time. He was in his happy place, and I’m pretty sure that I’m going to have to invest in one of these pretty soon. For the sanity of everyone in our house. This little guy loves three things. Super Why. Trains. And doing everything 2 year old children are advised not to do…fast. This photo has so much going on it it, it’s hilarious to me. The kids actually loved this animal, which we found out was an endangered species. They actually just wanted it to keep waving at them, and I couldn’t help but continue to look it directly in its huge eyes. They’re hypnotizing. Then this happened. And peace fell over the land.
And we ended with the ladybug playing Cuboro. She sat at this table for at least 45 minutes. Unfortunately this is slightly out of our price range, but BOY would it provide hours of intuitive and analytical play for her. One day maybe.
So…there you go. A rundown of our day at the Toy and Game Fair.
Also, I need to give props to fellow friends and bloggers Miss Lori, Kris from Little Tech Girl, Sidney from Hysterical Mom and Amina from Momma Mina for being lifesavers and being willing to take rotations to make sure that I was able to actually enjoy bits of the show. It takes a village, people. Make sure you have one.