{Capture the Everyday}: Eli Meets Alphie


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This week I’m joining in a new blog meme from one of my favorite bloggers, Melissa at Adventuroo. Here’s the idea behind Capture the Everday:

Capture the Everyday is about getting you to capture those everyday moments in your life! Each Thursday, I’ll issue a simple challenge to capture something that’s a part of your daily life. You can post just a picture or add some words to go along with it. You’ll have a week to get it done and then I’ll issue another. It’s a quick, easy way to start capturing those little parts of life we sometimes take for granted.

This week’s challenge was to take a picture of your child’s favorite toy. Well…I have five children to choose from, although the older one’s “toys” are more about music and electronics than creative play. So I decided to stick with my 3yo son, Eli. And then in terms of “favorite,” it really depends on the day (or even time of day!). He loves playing with cards, blocks, and tools. But thanks to being a baby in the Digital Age, he (like his older siblings) loves electronics as well.


Eli and Playskool's Alphie


We only just bought Alphie** this week; I had taken Eli to the store with the express purpose of finding him a fun, educational, electronic toy that would help meet his current need for constant stimulation. While I was comparison-shopping some entirely different products, Eli spotted Alphie, and that was the end of the story.

I won’t lie, Alphie’s robotic voice and Chipper Charlie attitude can get a little annoying to me at times, but Eli loves it! You “play” with Alphie by inserting any one of the 30 double-sided cards and answering Alphie’s questions about matching or letter sounds or identification, etc. Some cards are too hard for Eli at this point, but he seems to know which ones those are pretty quickly and will choose another to try. I only had to help him with the first few cards until he got the hang of it, and now he totes Alphie around with him everywhere. I should also note that Alphie has proven INCREDIBLY durable – Eli has chucked him down on the floor a few times, and Alphie takes it like a champ.

*note: I know I do a lot of product reviews, but this post is in no way affiliated with Playskool. I bought Alphie myself, but did want to include some review points for other parents of preschoolers who might have considered buying Alphie for their own kids.

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