The plumber paid us a visit a few weeks ago to work on the kitchen sink. When the job was done, he made his way through the living room on his way to the front door. He stopped, did a double take and looked down at the floor. “Are your kids playing with bottle caps?” he asked in disbelief.
“Yes,” I replied. “I mean, who needs toys anyway?”
The plumber laughed and squatted next to the boys in a very congenial manner so he could get a closer look at the proceedings. My two oldest boys seemed very pleased to have piqued his interest. Joseph began to explain the setup. “Each bottle cap represents an army,” said young Napoleon. “We group them together by color and then pick our armies before the battle starts.” He displayed his favorite, the gold-and-white Stella Artois.
“I’ll be durned,” said the plumber. And then he began to point at random bottle caps. “Yep, I’ve tasted that one,” he said, picking up a green Bud Light Lime top. “Your husband must like that one a lot,” he laughed, gesturing towards a hefty pile of Boulevard Wheat caps.
It was a very special moment.
But it just goes to show you that children don’t really need toys. From infanthood onward they vastly prefer to play with (and destroy) car keys, remote controls, pens and paper, books and magazines, utensils, toilet paper, pet food, and……bottle caps.
And I have to admit, my oldest son is a genius. The clinking sound of the metal caps is quite pleasant, and studying the eclectic assortment of colors, logos and emblems is kind of addicting once you get started. Did I mention that metal is also very durable? And that my son rescued these bottle caps from sitting in a trash heap?
What do your little ones find around the house to amuse themselves with?