As any parent knows, toddlers love being obsessed with being obsessed. Both discovery and concept mastering lead to days when every other word out of the little one's mouth is either "bus!!" "dog!!" "ball!!" or "train!!." And while it's exciting to see a toddler completely enamored with their new world, parents just can't fill their house with toys representing the word du jour.
Recently my daughter has become obsessed with buses. They've replaced dogs and fish as the BEST. THINGS. EVER. Aware that these phases are sometimes fairly brief, I held out on buying anything bus related for fear that in a couple weeks they would just be forgotten. But at the same time, I wanted to stimulate her interest in her new found obsession.
And, in a couple years when we both forget how much she loved buses, what sort of item could I make that would trigger a memory of this phase? After playing around with some ideas, I quickly whipped up this little bean bag bus.
I simply printed a bus illustration that I found online on some iron-on inkjet paper, applied it to a piece of white cotton fabric I had lying around, cut and stitched, filled it with beans and then did a decorative blanket stitch around the outside.
The lesson to this tale? While "bus" may be a word I now hear twenty times a day, her enthusiasm will one day disappear. And when there comes a day when we'll both want to be reminded of all of Penelope's early loves, it will be nice to have something that was made with love (and doesn't take up much space).