A while back, my mom raided eBay for good deals on “Little People” lots. When you purchase a “lot”, you’re essentially getting a smattering of Little People from the deep dark recesses of someone’s toy closet. So if you purchase several lots, there might be some overlap.
We’ve been teaching Mackenzie animal names and sounds lately, and I started to suspect we had a few overlaps. This morning, for example, she reached her arm into our toy box and proceeded to pull out sheep… after sheep… after sheep.
It piqued my curiosity. So I dug out all the animals and started to line them up. Then I saw ‘Noah 1’.
“Oh, of course!” My mom must have purchased some sort of Ark set, so we had two of each animal. Well, as I continued to dig, I pulled out Noahs 2-4.
This could be a problem.
I dug out all the animals and Mackenzie and I had ourselves a little parade of sorts. Where the animals marched 2 by 2, in the case of crocodiles, and 12 by 12 in the case of giraffes.
She loves to match and we had a great time finding all the lions.
And all the piggies.
Admittedly, we stretched a bit with the “bear” category, which ranged from a panda bear to Pooh bear and his friend “Circus Juggling Bear”. I’m thinking that guy was NOT on the ark.
The row of ducks included a “mummy duck” who appeared to be dressed up for Halloween and a pink duck who squeaks loudly.
Also not likely to have been on Noah’s short list for surviving the flood.
In fact, I’d be willing to bet that squeaky toys were specifically forbidden from the Ark. After all, they’re practically verboten in our house and I’m not stuck inside for more than 200 days straight.
As you can see, the ranks were broken up near the end of the line, because while Mackenzie carefully tiptoed around most of the procession, she was adamant that the three dalmatians with firefighter hats NOT be included in the party. She’d trot briskly over, snatch them up and put them back in the toy box every time I tried to line them up.
She’s got a good point. In a flood, who needs a firefighting dog?
The goggles bringing up the rear are much more practical.