When my son turned 18 months old, a key turned in his brain and he began noticing keys. Instead of buying a plastic set for him and acknowledging he was quickly moving out of the everything-in-his-mouth phase, I decided to make him a set of real keys. After a visit to the keymaker/seamstress stall at Cork’s English Market and forking over €5, LB had a set of grown-up style keys that opened nothing except his imagination.
Over a year later, the keys are going strong, though the Lanzarote plastic key fob has broken off. He didn’t even notice it’s missing.
What real pretend toys do you like to share with the little ones in your life?