Jokes by Levi

What did the ice cream say when the banana asked when it could come over?
Only on a sundae!

What does a drama king wear to bed?

What do you call a swashbuckling rat?
A pi-rat!

What do you call a shoe that has a problem?
An is-shoe! (An issue)

What do you call a video game that you play with more than one person?
A "we!"

What do you call it when someone listens in on Christmas Eve?

And one contributed by a friend:
What's brown and sticky?
A stick!

Levi called me into his room saying, "Oliver's a quarterback." Oliver was on the bed on his tummy with 4 quarters on his back.

What does a crocodile say when it wants to be a rooster?

Monday, January 14, 2008

A Funky Toy--The Bilibo

These are great toys! As described in The Hearthsong catalog:

"What is a Bilibo? An award-winning, incredibly versatile toy designed to engage a child's imagination. Children love Bilibo to rock in, spin in, sit on (or in), wear, and peek through. The brainchild of toymakers and child development experts in Switzerland, the recyclable high-density polyethylene toy (bucket/doll bed/sled/boat) offers children unlimited play value, and a chance to personalize the pace and practice of their play."

It looks a bit like a funky and over-sized mixing bowl that can be used "right side up" or "upside down" though which is which definitely depends on your point of view. I love toys like this. It doesn't immediately suggest what should be done with it, leaving room for the imagination.

Since ours arrived this afternoon, the kids have used them to spin in, rock, balance on top of in various stances and while catching bean bags. They have also been used as helmets, turtle's backs, large bellies, rear-ends and heads, as soup pots and baking pans.

I'm interested to see what will happen if we encourage Oliver to use it as a rocker or spinner when we watch a movie. He doesn't sit still for long while watching, jumps around the room, on and off of the furniture, and runs in and out of the room. Distracting to those of us who watch in the more conventional style! Maybe his Bilibo will provided him with movable seating that allows him to move without jumping around.

A note of caution: one can make oneself quite dizzy while spinning in one which we found out the hard way. Levi is prone to motion sickness after getting dizzy. His spinning definitely turned his stomach! Oliver, on the other hand, could spin all day!