Packing up the ark

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.


About beanland

Scott is a family practice doctor and Anne is a full-time mother and teacher to three beautiful girls and one boy.
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14 Responses to Packing up the ark

  1. manwaringfam says:

    That is hilarious and unreal! Can we come play at your house today?


  2. Liz says:

    So fun! I love the Little People toys. They bring back fond memories of my childhood. I’m curious, what’d you do with M while you were carefully lining these all up? šŸ™‚


  3. Camille Craw says:

    That’s funny! THanks for sharing. One can definitely use a spare a giraffe. Just think–birthday party with 12 kids-no need to fight over giraffes…1 for everyone! šŸ™‚


  4. Tammy says:

    How fun!! Robert would have a blast with Mackenzie lining things up. He loves doing that, too.


  5. Laura says:

    That’s great! What a fun way to learn to sort and count. I love that Mackenzie singled out the fire dogs…poor fire dogs. It makes you wonder about kids reasons for doing things. Though, true, no need for them in a flood. Mackenzie must be very advanced to have such foresight šŸ™‚


  6. Angie L. says:

    I love the Little People toys! Garrett still plays with them!


  7. Maya says:

    I particularly love the mustaches :-p


  8. cabbey says:

    I was giggling as I got part way through this, but was downright laughing by the end. Now I need to wipe my eyes before attempting to explain to my wife what I was laughing at. Thanks Anne, I needed a good laugh today.


  9. Angie says:

    Little People are classic! I love that all the kids still love them and you can’t choke on them (well you can with the old ones at my mom’s….) I always close the kids up in their room with tons of little people while I snatch a shower. Love the lining up!


  10. beanland says:

    Two interesting things:

    1) All of the above photos were taken with my iPhone. Not bad, I thought.

    2) Mackenzie is not a destructive child (yet). She really was content to just bring me toy after toy and watch me line them up. Finally, she tripped and fell across the parade and that’s how it ended up getting destroyed. Cutie girl.


  11. Lonica says:

    This post deserves a comment. You are hilarious. I wouldn’t believe it if I hadn’t seen it with my own eyes!


  12. HaHa,hysterical! Loved all the pictures and the accompanying (sp) narration. Laugh out loud funny!


  13. Maya says:

    Aren’t you headed out this way soon? Let me know if you and MacKenzie are still up for a play date!


  14. RobinM says:

    Mackenzie knows. Firefighters and dalmatians are for Halloween. Not for an ark! Silly mom. Funny, too.


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