Power Tools for Toddlers

by doodaddy on April 10, 2008

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It’s orange and plastic — of course it’s a toy!

Boobaby loves to help me build stuff. Her favorite tool is my little cordless screwdriver, although she’s also a fan of blue painter’s tape. (Man, that stuff makes a great toy! Boo can "fix" anything with it, but it won’t mar surfaces when it comes off.)

It’s primally appealing that Boo likes to work with tools and to fix things. I’m no handyman, although I can put together Ikea furniture with the best of ’em. My most recent project was a 9-square-foot planter box, which was a real coup for me because it involved drilling and screwing and hammering. (I know, you’re all impressed!) Boobaby helped with all three, and then helped me plant the vegetables, too.

Maybe it’s just the pregnancy, but I’ve gotten teary at Boo’s accomplishments about three times daily of late. If you were to ask me what a baby’s third year is like — the "we’re-not-going-to-call-it-terrible" twos — I’d have to say that every day, every hour is a roller coaster ride. Peaks of pride follow plunges into tantrums that get more apoplectic every day. Boo erupts into stubborn patches more often and breaks down because she can’t build a tower of blocks; five minutes later she’ll be happily disassembling the armchair in her room.

Boo tried to fix the cat with her painter’s tape earlier this week, so we had to take that away for a little while. Apart from that, though, we try to give her access to every non-lethal tool there is. After all, who wants to assemble your own Ikea furniture when you can have your toddler do it?

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Xbox4NappyRash April 10, 2008 at 6:24 am

There is something utterly bizarre about a little girl with lovely long flowing hair, pink bows and a pretty dress brandishing a power drill.

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doodaddy April 10, 2008 at 6:30 am

Bizarre… or bizarrorific???

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Baby exersaucer April 10, 2008 at 6:37 am

Interesting toys, is there any realistic drilling machine? I would need one of those, really!

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doodaddy April 10, 2008 at 7:00 am

I have a hand drill I sometimes give her, but she has a hard time with it since it’s a two-handed operation…

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cryitout April 10, 2008 at 7:48 am

I think it rocks! My daughter loves my power driver and will always come to “help daddy” when she hears it. Awesome.

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Helen April 10, 2008 at 10:31 am

Boo fixing the cat with some tape? Now that you must capture on film!

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doodaddy April 10, 2008 at 11:28 am

There is no film fast enough to capture that situation… the cat’s like a black streak!

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sugarplumsmom April 10, 2008 at 12:54 pm

You took the tape away before she fixed the cat? You have no sporting blood. :) I stuck tape to my cats paws once… now THAT was funny

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doodaddy April 10, 2008 at 1:00 pm

Aw, heck, it’s only painter’s tape. The cat can usually free herself!

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Stephen April 10, 2008 at 1:47 pm

Tried to fix the cat as in mechanically working, or fix as in ‘snip snip’? If the latter, I’m pretty sure I understand why the cat wasn’t happy. 😉

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Jessica April 10, 2008 at 2:22 pm

Fixing the cat?? Amusing and disturbing at the same time.

she really looks like she’s been working hard:)

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doodaddy April 10, 2008 at 3:25 pm

She’s quite the intense worker. You should see her digging for worms!

“Fixing the cat” was intentionally ambiguous. Sometimes it seems like the one meaning, sometimes the other…

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