The Best Gift for a Toddler

Sometimes Usually when I try to find a gift for my granddaughter, I’m tempted to buy too much.  I tend to forget she has a room full of dolls, stuffed animals, toys and books some barely touched since she got them.

When she comes to my house, we also enjoy the same types of toys and games.  But, I also love that she enjoys being  outside, has a wonderful imagination and she can make just about anything a toy.

First of all, she LOVES rocks.  It’s the first thing we look for.  And, lucky for me, I have thousands.


She finds daddy rocks, mommy rocks, baby rocks and dog and kitty rocks.  One time she found a tiger rock!  It really growled a lot and scared us so we put it back.  All of my rocks can talk, too.  And sing.  The rocks I find usually sing hits from the 70’s but her rocks love to sing their ABC’s.  The great thing about rocks is they can set up housekeeping in the driveway or a bucket.  In the grass or on the porch.  Sometimes they come in the house and live in the dollhouse.  So many possibilities!

Most recently she found my patch of bronze fennel.

Let's try this again

Typically this comes up in spring.  And it did. Then the grasshoppers came and ate every bit and left me with nothing but stems.  I usually leave the stems all winter just to “add interest” to my garden.  I think this term came from gardener’s like me who have too much to do and can’t get out to tidy up the place.  It does, however, provide perches for the birds and height to the garden and now something to play with!

Fennel stems make great swords.

Hallie 11/12

Or paint brushes

Hallie 11/12

Mud really brightens up the place

Or a musical instrument

Fennel flute (it also plays 70’s music)

Then we found our shadow!  It does everything I do!  Watch Gehmaw!

Hallie IMG_0017 IMG_0020

Imagination.   What a wonderful gift.

If a child has an imagination, they will have toys for a lifetime!

About the blonde gardener

I'm an Arkansas girl born and raised. I garden in the beautiful Northwest part of the state (zone 6b or 7) surrounded by the Ozark Mountains. My favorite part about the area is we have 4 distinct seasons and are able to enjoy a variety of activities. My main passion is gardening but I also enjoy hiking, birding, 4-wheeling and motorcycle trips. Basically anything outside. Thanks for stopping by! Brenda
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11 Responses to The Best Gift for a Toddler

  1. It’s so true, imagination is all she “needs”… what a little cutie!


  2. Holleygarden says:

    Love this post! My granddaughter loves to help me in the garden, until she gets stuck by a rose throne! I worry that so many children will grow up with less imagination – the ones stuck in cities that have no where to play outside, or the ones stuck in front of a tv or electronic device to order to get out of the hair of their parents. I think imagination is a must-have for any child, and any adult, too! This is a great reminder, and your granddaughter is adorable.


  3. dayphoto says:

    Our little four year old love rocks also. I have boxes of them (gravel) and each one is very precious to me.



  4. I think I’d like to meet the tiger rock. He sounds like loads of fun. 😉


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