What is it about home made toys that make them so irresistible? They are always 100 times more fun to play with and perhaps because of the effort taken to make it, the children seem to appreciate it more.
One pretend play that Bea really enjoys is “Supermarket”. When she and her cousin, R, get together, it’s on the top of the list. Everything and anything can be bought and sold. R’s mother up the ante even more by making a cash register out of a cardboard pot box! I loved the details that went into it – there were even sponges under the buttons to make it feel bouncy and a plastic container as the cash container! Simply amazing! (Confession : I couldn’t help but to play with the cash register myself!)
A DAY AT THE SUPERMARKET
It was a typical Sunday at the B & R Supermarket. Miss Bunny, Mr Dog and Choo Choo were patiently lining up to buy their weekly supply of groceries.
Mr Dog had not forgotten how he didn’t have enough $$ to buy his supply of bones last week. This week he brought a bucketful of money.
However, Mr Dog found to his chagrin that the 2 lady bosses were engrossed in counting their money. In fact, they even took his money to count as well, even before he could spend it! Talk about financial terrorism!
Looking at the huge wads of money in the cash register, Mr Dog could not contain himself any longer and gave a loud “WOOOOFFF! That’s my hard earn money! You better return it to me before I bite you in the backside and set the Alsatian white collar crime unit on you!” (Everyone knew that you don’t mess with the Alsatians.)
That shook up the 2 lady bosses and they promptly realised the folly of their ways. They quickly opened the till and returned Mr Dog’s money.
Mr Dog turned to Miss Bunny and said, “Sometimes, you have to stand your ground against the little ruffians. Now, Miss B and Miss R, I need to get my weekly supply of honey mustard.”
Mr Dog was no ordinary mutt, he ate his bones with a lovely side of honey mustard.
Miss R scanned the code of the honey mustard. After all, even a grocery shop operating on a rent free mattress had to have some professional standards.
With a great respect to Mr Dog, Miss B and Miss R quickly completed the sale by punching in the price on the bouncy buttons of the cash register and sending Mr Dog on his way with his honey mustard and a free bag of bones.