{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.

Introducing…

Eli and Playskool's Alphie

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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  • Sounds like a hit. Glad he can take a lickin’ and keep on tickin’.

    • Durability is kind of a must for any preschooler toy, don’t you think? 😀 Eli has destroyed many a toy in rough play!

  • Nice picture! It has a vintage feel to it. Eli has such long and beautiful eyelashes! 🙂 I haven’t come across the Alphie robot yet. He looks pretty cool. My kid’s obsessed with robots, so I might have to check into purchasing that little guy.

    • Thanks! – I use the instagram app on my iPhone and love the filters on it. 🙂 And I guess I hadn’t realized how Eli’s eyelashes show in this picture – we’re all used to oohing and ahhing at them, so maybe I just didn’t even notice. Eli is crazy about robots, too, and he keeps called Alphie “Wall-E” after one of his favorite Disney movies! 🙂 (it cracks me up)

  • Wait a minute. I remember having something almost identical when I was a kid. Is this a retro-made-new toy? Or am I going crazy?

    • Anonymous

      Yep. It’s an updated remake of the original!

    • Fadra beat me to the answer! Yep, it’s an oldie-made-new-again. 🙂

  • Anonymous

    I have to admit. I think I would be totally annoyed with Alfie. Better you than me 😉

    • Ha ha ha! Well, I think if having five kids has given me any special skill, it’s being able to tune out noise very, very well. I think that may be Alfie’s only chance for survival here. 😉

  • I love toys from my childhood that have been updated for the 21st century. Looks like lots of fun!

    Thanks for linking up!

  • Tiffany

    Agree with Fadra. Someone bought my son this annoying talking Elmo laptop computer toy and I can’t bear it for more than 15 minutes at a stretch. “BEEP BOOP BOOP BEEP BOOP BEEP – DOES NOT COMPUTE!”

    • I just said to my husband today, “Why can’t they make these toys with a headphone jack?” Seriously, my son would be in heaven with his own headphones, and I’d be a happy camper, too. Someone needs to get on that! 😀

  • Who’s the wise-guy that keeps making the toys with all the bells & whistles that make parents cringe? I guess because, as parents, we can tune out the loud toys that entertain our children for long periods of time. Gotta pick our battles. And in the war between annoying toy vs whining child, I choose annoying toy. Great post!