Messing with kids’ minds.

February 26, 2014


I subbed in our church’s nursery this past Sunday. The regular lady had gone to visit her family, so I nervously said I’d help. I was worried because the children in the nursery are of the ‘in-diapers-and-not-yet-verbal’ type which are not my forte’. It worked out fine, though, because there was nobody from 10-11, and just one very sweet boy from 11-12. (Whew.)

I spent the first hour cleaning and organizing, but when the boy came to play we did some puzzles and trains, and then he went to play with some toys off the shelves. When he did this one, though, I nearly grabbed it out of his hands. Instead, I waited until he was done, then played with it over and over and cursed the people that made it.


See what’s happening?


See the beads falling down? The one color is going away and a new color is appearing. Just a color switch. They aren’t doing any kind of cool science-y ‘yellow and blue make green’ kind of thing, it is full-on Kid Magic.

Yes, yes, I know how it’s happening, but it doesn’t give a little kid much chance to figure it out.


Flip side. Also maddening.

Not cool, Fisher Price. Not cool.

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Lauren Sommerer is a preschool teacher who likes to build prototypes, grow cats, cook things once, save money, reduce, reuse and recycle.

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8 Responses to “Messing with kids’ minds.”

  1. CousinRachel Said on:

    To be honest, the poor animals that have to hang upside down while all their brain beads fall out, bothers me more than the color swap. But, I have been known to willingly mess with young minds…


  2. Brad Said on:

    That one side made me immediately think of Miss Piggy and Kermit. I wonder if that was an intentional reference.


  3. Peggy Said on:

    I can’t relate to messing with kids’ minds. (Ha…kidding, that’s actually my hobby)

    And this reminds me of The Lion Whisperer. Have you heard of him?


  4. Lauren's mom Said on:

    I don’t like the toy.
    Where is the sink?


  5. Kristi Said on:

    Is that play kitchen in the church nursery?????


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