My 6-year-old daughter will soon be having a tonsillectomy. Even though this is a totally routine outpatient procedure, I am fretting. And one way I deal with anxiety is by preparing—or perhaps more accurately, over-preparing. I’d like to buy her a number of fun things to entertain her during the two weeks the doctor suggests we plan for her to be in a nest on the couch, and I’ve been distracting myself with the decisions.
Our Target has some of the Littlest Pet Shop Petriplets sets on clearance, so I bought Elizabeth the kitties one (photo from Amazon.com) which has three cats and a little triple cat-perch, and the bunnies one which has three bunnies and a little triple carrier. These don’t seem to me to have high play-value, but they’re cute and she likes cute, and they can be played with from a couch nest.
Speaking of cute, we got So Cute You Could Die (photo from Amazon.com) last year to bring as a gift to a 9-year-old’s birthday, and it was a big hit. It’s a small book (only 5×5) and a simple concept: pictures of cute things. I thought she might be up to leafing through some pictures before she’s up to reading.
I don’t know if I would have taken a chance on the Zhu Zhu Pets Fun Pack (photo from Amazon.com) for $10.99, but I found it on clearance at Marshalls for $4.50—probably because the box was a little smooshed and the plastic wrapping torn, but I threw out the box so I don’t care. Inside the box was three coloring/activity books of the standard sort: some coloring pages, some word searches, some mazes, some matching activities, a sheet of stickers.
I bought her a $4 Hello Kitty puzzle at Target, but when I was trying to find a picture of it online, she saw this Hello Kitty 100-piece puzzle in a tin (photo from Amazon.com) and flipped for it.
Penguin pillow pet (photo from Amazon.com): it’s a comfort lovey, plus it’s a pillow for increasing the comfiness of the nest. Perfect for recovery.
I recently found I have a surprising level of patience for doing these BrainQuest cards with a child. I got the 3-4 years set on impulse after a frustrating waiting room experience with a restless Henry. I like them because they come in two decks (one for my purse, one for the car) and because they’re more “Point to the BLUE item!” than “Point to the post-modern impressionist!”—though I did still feel a little self-conscious about them when I used them in a waiting room the next time (”Look, I am efficiently filling our minutes of downtime with Educational Flashcards!”), even though I tried to keep my voice low and non-show-offy. Little did my fellow waiting-room waiters realize that the cards were meant as restraints, not as nurture.
Anyway, I was thinking I’d get these for Elizabeth in the 5-6 years kindergarten set and in the 6-7 years first grade set. We can use them while waiting for her turn at the hospital, and we can also use them when she’s feeling a little better.