A few of Rockstar’s favorite things

Raindrops on roses don't even come close...

The pieces stick fast to the board (it's a travel set) and can all stick on one side while the he works on the other if space is tight... Love!

To date I have bought 7 sets of Imaginets (above), as a result of friends who tumpang my order (sorry I didn't ask more friends before placing the order, my 25% off Family & Friends was gonna expire overnight and then now I realize they have 20% on the website anyways.) It's like, USD 30 a set excluding shipping at MetKids, I've been shopping in the Metropolitan Museum of Art Store for close to a decade)... Shipping takes 2-4 weeks from the States though...

( I like JD's expression in this one, she was pawing at him to pet her - she's not a lap dog (more like Serious, Herding Ball Crazy) so I don't get many pictures of her looking for affection)

Ikea abacus! He likes counting these because the beads are satisfyingly clickety... Wrote the multiples of 10 down one side after Rockstar kept forgetting and asking me to repeat... Doesn't help, he would still rather ask...

This is him playing Life with the dog... I had to wait my turn... The dog is considering her next move (of course I'm kidding)

No Life for Mum... We picked this up in San Francisco, but I did notice it on sale in Toys R Us in Malaysia so maybe HK has it too... Anyway it's horrendously not age-appropriate for the Rockstar, it's for 8 years and up I think, frankly Kings and I still don't know how to play this absolutely correctly (the instructions are LONG, we are LAZY) but we do play some of the basics with Rockstar - I like how we can work college careers (get good job if you go to college/ study hard) into the conversation... Also babies, hotels, grandparents' homes, donations, swimming pools..... Lotsa things for us to talk about. And it helps that the counters are little plastic cars Rockstar drives up and down those plastic hills.

(JD was watching him play... and receiving instructions not to sniff at the plastic houses... All to a background of CNBC...)

And that's how we spend mornings before it's time to go to school.

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About Aileen

I blog about living and raising my son in Hong Kong - where toddlers have entrance interviews, parents keep test score spreadsheets, private school debentures can trade for more than half a million USD. Raising Rockstar's the most important thing I'll ever do. We show our true colors by the choices we make in bringing up our children. My blog is a message to my toddler son, about what the world and his parents are like today - for when he becomes a teenager and knows everything.
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  • kate

    how do the imaginets compare to tanoges jr. or tanagrams? i’m having a really hard time deciding between the imaginets or tangoes!!!!!!!

    • http://raisingrockstar.com Aileen

      Sorry I haven’t tried those, only Imaginets, another version that is more delicate and with more patterns (a bit harder to a younger child to put together, and more recently also Magnatiles which I love as well.. Only thing about Imaginets is they were heavier (though sturdier) than the others… Buy I love that the magnets were strong enough that they don’t as easily fall off the board or slide when Rockstar’s playing with them…

  • Anonymous

    Hi Zmun, it’s a cellphone pic.. Actually there was another favorite thing – JD.. But I hadnt uploaded the video of her being all silly with Ryan yet.. Let u know when I do!

  • http://lifeafter38.blogspot.com/ zmun2

    JD’s expression is priceless  – how did you get to your camera in time to capture it? Ikea abacus – good choice – I am tempted to play with it too. I noticed Rockstar is wearing socks at home – so cute!

  • http://profiles.google.com/heather.sario Heather Sario

    after reading ur post, i went on the metmuseum site for the first time ever and discovered a whole new world (and millions of things i want)… can i tell my hubby i blame you for the incessant nagging that I will start to smother him with? :p

    • Anonymous

      Sure, I get it from one hub (my own) already anyways… Tho he still wears a USD 50 silver ring (no longer available) from there that I gave him when we were first tog as his wedding ring… It has a Shakespearean phrase on it that translates roughly to “If you have love, you have all,” from when he started with nothing…