We are absolutely incapable of making this toy work. I think it isn’t any fun because of that and is in fact very frustrating to me. However the kids often ask for one. We got this one at the dollar store, so it is not very well made, but they don’t care, they enjoy it and like trying to make the ball bounce off the paddle, even if they aren’t very good at it.
What I have discovered through this process is that if someone wants a toy it is okay to let them have the toy and it is wrong to try to talk them out of it. I have adults do that to me as a child and I always hated and abhorred being treated like that. I don’t always understand why they want something, but I need to set that aside and try to not be rational about it and to try to not speak rationally about it with them. They want it. The store isn’t very well made and it was easy to see that I should try to find a better copy of this toy in another store, they will have a much better chance of learning how to play with it if they have a better built toy.
Erasers, again, but not to be used as erasers. They like them just for having them, for looking at them, and enjoying them, decorations.
I’m not so sure about being able to get the ladybug to roll around a metal can, but it is pretty fun to roll him backwards and watch him go forwards. 🙂
We love puzzles. Some of The Littles love the Disney princesses. Cinderella is our favorite. Though Merida in Brave and Rapunzel in Tangled are strong second and third favorites.