Battery Overload

BatteriesIf we put all the batteries, in all of Ace’s toys together we could probably power a small town for a short period of time! 😀

Do they even make toys any more that do not make noise, flash lights, or dance?  What happened to playing with blocks?  How about Lincoln Logs?

Can a stuffed animal be just a stuffed animal?  Does it have to have a mouth that moves?  Does it have to do back flips or cartwheels?

Remember Tonka trucks?  I had a bunch or trucks and tractors when I was little.   Remember making the engine sounds with your mouth?  That is a skill that I feel will be lost in time.  Most toy trucks make their own noise…hell they even move on their own.

One good thing about having such realistic toys…if your kid has his own fire station like Ace does…

Ace's Firestation...and Ming Ming

Ace's Fire Station...and Ming Ming

…if our house ever catches on fire these 21st century toy fire trucks will probably turn themselves on, drive to the source of the flames, and extinguish the fire.  With Ming Ming’s help, “This is sewious!”, they will use team work.  And why is that a good thing?  Because “What’s going to work?  Team work!”  They will surround the fire, talk to each other over their mini CBs, and save the day!

That is if the batteries do not die…


  1. L.A. Daddy says:

    Yeah, the noisy toys are a pain. Like TV, it’s one more way to take away the kid’s imagination. Why make your own siren noise, engine revs, and push the truck around? Let the truck do it for you…

    But, it’s probably why the kids eventually prefer the box the truck came in.

  2. Momo Fali says:

    What drives me crazy is just GETTING to the batteries.

    Now, I’m having my first giveaway…you need to come back for another visit.

  3. Jared says:

    @LA Daddy: True. The box is always the coolest part. 😀

    @Momo: I know! You never know if you need a philips or a straight screwdriver…a big one or a small one…and what if that little ribbon thing wasn’t put in the battery compartment right? Good luck getting them suckers out of there!

  4. So sad, but true. To quote an email I wrote just before Christmas…

    “we really want to avoid more and more toys and things electronic – which seems to be just about everything these days.”

    And, I sent our a link to here:

    Right now, a box of tissues keeps my little one more entertained than Teddy Ruxpin ever did for my (much) younger sister.

  5. Angel says:

    We love the wonder pets around here. I may never grow out of them.

  6. Al Bundy says:

    No worries, in a few years it will be Xbox or Wii making all the noise in your house.
    If I may suggest, I have a battery holder installed by my work bench. It’s always ready when the next toy shows up for our 6 year old (The nine-year old has graduated to the Wii).

  7. VegasDad says:

    Those are bad ass firetrucks.

  8. Animal Lover says:

    What happen to playing outside?? And why are all of the batteries dead when you really do need one!
    Thanks for the article