My son Augustine recently celebrated his fourth birthday. Thanks to my
bad influence, he’s an AvGeek by every stretch of the word. A small gift from my brother proved to delight him like nothing I’ve ever seen.
A Perfect Gift For The Young AvGeek
What could be more prefect than a young person who loves aviation than his own little airport to play with? My brother found a 24-piece set on Amazon that included two aircraft, nine vehicles, and several other items to that you would find at an airport.
I simply could not believe how excited Augustine was. He did not want to open any more presents or read any cards, nor did he want to eat. He only wanted to play with his new toy.
The pros: an educational toy in the sense that it teaches a child about the many components of air travel (beyond just the airplanes). It’s relatively compact and easy to clean up.
The cons: it’s a piece of junk and insulting to a more mature AvGeek. The 777 is larger than the 747! Plus, five pieces have already broken, including wheels off both aircraft.
So is it worth it at all? Well, my son is on the destructive side and the pieces that have broken have not taken away his immense enjoyment of his new toy. I’m sure the novelty will wear off on him eventually, but what I love most is eavesdropping on him as his imagination runs wild and he vocalizes his thoughts as he plays “make believe” with his new toy set.
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In my house, though, we don’t buy material gifts unless they are books or clothes. There is neither the space nor the need for junk. But kids love junk. I’ll share about my intangible aviation-related birthday gift to Augustine tomorrow.
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