Everyone knows it's true.
No matter how much you spend on a toy, half the time the child is more interested in the cardboard box packaging. Don't get me wrong, Barrett does love flashing lights on fire engines and sound effects on tractors, but sometime it is the little things that keep them capitvated for hours.
For us, that little thing is our new "tractor playground."
He will sit quietly and play with it for hours.
He scoops up the little beans with the excavator, loads them in the dump truck, and then flattens it all back out with the steam roller. Hours of fun, no exaggeration.
Although, I will admit that it is a double-edged sword. The first night we unveiled tractor playground, he got so upset when it was time to go to bed and part with beloved tractor playground until morning. Before either of us could stop him, he ran into his room and poured tractor playground into his crib, presumably so he could continue playing.
Yeah, that wasn't a mess at all.
Dried lentil beans everywhere.