This Is Not Just Any Old House

Little Z has, what feels like, hundreds of toys. They have swiftly taken over each room and I’m pretty sure they are doing that thing from the Gremlins movie where they replicate overnight. In this case, with or without any kind of water. They are just everywhere! Having fun. Getting under feet. Generally causing havoc.

It seems that all the other boring inanimate objects in our house are starting to get jealous and some have succeeded in joining in toddler play. For instance…

This is no ordinary juicing stick. This is now the microphone that Little Z uses to pretend he is Justin from Justin’s House. Each day he “hosts” a show and cheers all his toys. Then gets you to cheer.


And this is no ordinary biscuit tin. This is Little Zs drum that he likes to bang repeatedly all day long whilst shouting “NO DRUMS! NO DRUMS!” (A line Animal from The Muppets movie repeats throughout the film).


And these are not ordinary old formula sticks. These are the drumsticks that Little Z takes from the top kitchen drawer each morning whilst I wash his bottles. He can’t actually see what he’s grabbing because its slightly too high for him. But he manages to find them in the end. Then everything becomes a drum.


This is no ordinary old Christmas card lying around the house. This is the cream pie that Little Z uses to put in people’s faces. Just like Justin does in Justin’s House. Everyone helpfully gets a “1! 2! 3!” countdown so they know its coming. Then he makes you do it to him. Share share.


And this is no ordinary box. This is Little Zs house and car that he makes you squeeze into (with great difficulty). We then drive to lots and lots of houses and even squeeze in a trip to Turkey). We visit friends and cousins and even pop into the shop on Ocassion.


This is not just any old house. This is a toddlers house.

Wot So Funee?

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  1. Red Rose Mummy September 2, 2013 / 12:53 am

    Ahhhhh, he is utterly gorgeous! I love the way they use their imagination to play 😀

    • Notmyyearoff September 9, 2013 / 10:03 am

      Thanks 🙂 I know! It really amuses us at the moment!

  2. Emily morgan September 2, 2013 / 5:43 am

    He’s adorable! What an imagination! 😀
    M uses an old celebrations box for a drum. It was left in the living room by daddy, so M claimed it.

    Toddlers are hilarious little people! X

    • Notmyyearoff September 9, 2013 / 10:04 am

      They really are. It sounds like the drum is a big favourite for all toddlers!

  3. Nikki Thomas September 2, 2013 / 6:10 am

    Aw he is sooo gorgeous! Amazing post and so true you forget sometimes how amazing their developing imaginations are.

    • Notmyyearoff September 9, 2013 / 10:05 am

      I’m pretty sure he wouldn’t miss his toys if they weren’t there!

  4. Sarah MumofThree World September 2, 2013 / 6:35 am

    Lovely post! It’s great that he uses his imagination so much (even if the drums must get a little bit tiring!).

    • Notmyyearoff September 9, 2013 / 10:05 am

      That drum has got “lost” for a bit. Ahem!

  5. Sarah Miles September 2, 2013 / 6:55 am

    Oh, I just love it when kids’ imaginations take hold. Cardboard boxes are a particular favourite in our house along with tubes from wrapping paper and, for my little ‘un, my brightly coloured measuring spoons. When I make a cake I have to find them strewn around the house!

    Gorgeous post, thanks for linking up again to the #mondayclub

    • Notmyyearoff September 9, 2013 / 10:06 am

      Haha we are the same. I find all our colourful picnic bowls all over the place!

  6. September 2, 2013 / 7:04 am

    It’s funny how you can have the most expensive up to date toys and yet it’s the simple every day objects that provide the most entertainment x

    • Notmyyearoff September 9, 2013 / 10:07 am

      I know! We should just stop buying toys shouldn’t we? 🙂

  7. Erica Price September 2, 2013 / 7:32 am

    We get a lot of this in our house too. It’s great that they can find playthings in almost anything.

    • Notmyyearoff September 9, 2013 / 10:07 am

      Yep and really lovely watching them too.

    • Notmyyearoff September 9, 2013 / 10:08 am

      They are clever little things aren’t they?

  8. Faded Seaside Mama September 2, 2013 / 8:15 am

    I love how you describe this. He sounds like his play is very imaginative!

    • Notmyyearoff September 9, 2013 / 10:08 am

      Thanks 🙂 I hope it stays with him. Lovely phase!

  9. Charly Dove September 2, 2013 / 9:59 am

    What a fabulous post Tas, I especially love the Christmas card pie! Toddler’s imaginations are just great although POD told everyone at nursery she had rats at home the other day! Thanks for sharing with #whatsthestory

    • Notmyyearoff September 9, 2013 / 10:09 am

      That made me laugh a lot!! I bet Z will be doing the same!

  10. Jaime Oliver September 2, 2013 / 10:19 am

    lol i love this! we have numerous items that do these things too!! dont you just love their imagination! lol

    Thanks for linking up with #MagicMoments

    • Notmyyearoff September 9, 2013 / 10:09 am

      Yep definitely. So lovely isn’t it?

  11. shahnaz September 2, 2013 / 10:32 am

    So creative and imaginative how wonderful x

  12. The Reading Residence (@ihavecards) September 2, 2013 / 10:45 am

    Lovely post, and it is great how they can see adventure and excitement in everyday things which we find so ordinary. Oh, to have a toddler’s imagination…;-)

    • Notmyyearoff September 10, 2013 / 7:31 pm

      I know!i think the world would be much more livelier!

  13. amanda walsh September 2, 2013 / 11:36 am

    thats creativity right there! Musical boy 🙂

    • Notmyyearoff September 10, 2013 / 7:32 pm

      We’ve had to hide the drum to give our ears a break for a bit 🙂

  14. Mary @AsturianDiary September 2, 2013 / 11:40 am

    What a lovely post. Your house sounds a lot like ours!

    • Notmyyearoff September 10, 2013 / 7:33 pm

      Haha do you think they they could start a toddler band?

  15. Tom Briggs September 2, 2013 / 1:34 pm

    What an imaginative and resourceful young chap! 🙂

    • Notmyyearoff September 10, 2013 / 7:48 pm

      I should just get rid of all the toys shouldn’t I? 🙂

  16. wendy September 2, 2013 / 2:38 pm

    ahhh it sounds like he has a fantastic imagination xx

  17. nortonmum September 2, 2013 / 3:13 pm

    All the #whatsthestory posts seem to be bringing back memories for me, especially yours. Imagination is a wonderful thing.

    • Notmyyearoff September 10, 2013 / 7:48 pm

      Some very lovely posts on that linky!

  18. Helen September 2, 2013 / 7:08 pm

    I think the ordinary and everyday probably make the best toys and Einstein claimed ‘imagination is better than knowledge’

  19. Suzanne September 2, 2013 / 7:11 pm

    Little Z sounds like such a character! What a cute post….I love the thought of him doing a Justin show with his ‘microphone’. He’s going to wow them at nursery!

  20. LauraCYMFT September 2, 2013 / 8:04 pm

    He has a great imagination 🙂

  21. 3yearsandhome September 2, 2013 / 8:14 pm

    Oh I love this and how gorgeous is Little Z?! I have the ‘no drumming’ line screamed at me quite frequently too and he likes to wail along to Am I A Man or Am I A Muppet? That film’s got a lot to answer for,

    • Notmyyearoff September 10, 2013 / 7:53 pm

      It sooo does!! I’m pretty sure we know every single word of that movie!

  22. katie September 2, 2013 / 8:18 pm

    Ahh a creative genius!!

  23. Mummy of Two September 2, 2013 / 9:00 pm

    It does make you wonder why you bother with toys doesn’t it. That beater thing in your first photo is exactly the same as one my Little Miss has in her treasure basket at the moment and it is her ‘toy’ of choice!

    • Notmyyearoff September 10, 2013 / 7:55 pm

      Haha I wonder if there are beaters going missing up and down the country!

  24. WallyMummy September 2, 2013 / 10:19 pm

    LOL – I love it! Mine basically sits around playing with a calpol syringe and an Indian takeaway leaflet… sometimes things get really exciting when she attempts to put on a swim nappy whist fully clothed… it’s all go in this house! lol :)) x

    • Notmyyearoff September 10, 2013 / 7:56 pm

      Hahaaa I’d love to watch the nappy thing. Like a little Houdini!

  25. Sara (@mumturnedmom) September 3, 2013 / 1:04 am

    Brilliant, I love a toddler imagination, so much fun 🙂 Toys do multiply, don’t they?!

    • Notmyyearoff September 10, 2013 / 7:57 pm

      They do!! Definitely like Gremlins!

  26. Charlotte September 3, 2013 / 8:07 am

    Lovely post! I love their imaginations! Bob likes to perform songs and gets us all to clap. Love how he hosts a show! x x

  27. Susan Mann September 3, 2013 / 2:03 pm

    Aww that is so cute. Love their imaginations xx

    • Notmyyearoff September 10, 2013 / 7:57 pm

      Me too. Hopefully it stays for ages!

  28. Ruth's all sorts September 3, 2013 / 2:57 pm

    Ah yes, the best toys are things that weren’t made to be toys but with a toddler imagination they are amazing toys!

    • Notmyyearoff September 10, 2013 / 7:59 pm

      So lovely how they can make anything fun isn’t it?

  29. Jess @ Catch A Single Thought September 3, 2013 / 6:05 pm

    I love this post. It’s so true…the imagination of a toddler can make the most mundane toy into something magical. We’ve just discovered the joys of giant cardboard boxes and I’ve had a ‘pirate ship’ in my lounge for the past week!

    • Notmyyearoff September 10, 2013 / 7:59 pm

      Oooh can we come play in your house please? 🙂

  30. Katie @mummydaddyme September 3, 2013 / 8:12 pm

    Awwww I love this post! So true. Their imaginations fascinate me! x

  31. the40yearold September 5, 2013 / 8:27 pm

    Awww bless. Kids have a brilliant imagination don’t they.

  32. Sarahmumof3 September 6, 2013 / 12:10 pm

    aww I love his house 🙂

  33. Actually Mummy... September 6, 2013 / 12:30 pm

    Ah but you’re such a good mum! I remember cursing when all the tupperware came out of the cupboard every single day. I don’t miss that now it’s gone, but I miss how cute my kids were then 😉

  34. Colette September 6, 2013 / 4:24 pm

    Toddlers are just so much fun aren’t they!
    The whole multiplying toy thing just gets worse tho as the pieces get smaller!

  35. HonestMum September 6, 2013 / 4:46 pm

    Brilliant! Same here-love that kids just want to play with the simplest of toys!

  36. Pinkoddy September 6, 2013 / 7:49 pm

    How gorgeous and what great imagination

  37. Kerrie McGiveron September 6, 2013 / 8:24 pm

    I love how kids can make a game out of anything. Their imaginations are just unspoiled at that age and they are just so innocent and delightful to be around. My Alice, aged 2 loves roleplay, and picks up my handbag, slings it over her shoulder and tells me that she is going to the shops to buy me some beans, and she tells me a big long yarn about where she is going and what she is doing. They are are precious aren’t they x

  38. we3three September 6, 2013 / 10:37 pm

    ah love how creative toddlers are, i guess we should enjoy it while it lasts lol! x

  39. Emma September 7, 2013 / 10:17 am

    So sweeet! I love how their imaginations work at that age, they are often more happy with a cardboard box! 😀

  40. susan September 7, 2013 / 11:00 am

    Cute and clever!

  41. bluebirdsunshine September 7, 2013 / 11:28 am

    Beautiful post. I love the way the littlies reinvent objects as toys, it’s fascinating isn’t it. Your pics are lovely and the card reminded me that we had a musical christmas card that was still being played with last year in September before the batteries finally gave up the ghost!

    • Notmyyearoff September 10, 2013 / 8:01 pm

      Haha uh oh!! I’m going to try to make those kind of cards get “lost” if I can!

  42. Amanda September 7, 2013 / 11:59 am

    What a wonderful post! Children can make a toy out of anything, and isn’t it just so amazing to watch their imaginations come alive?

  43. Liska @NewMumOnline September 7, 2013 / 1:32 pm

    Oh he is ABSOLUTELY adorable – can’t wait for you to join in with #SaidItSaturday so I can see the sort of things he says – he seeems VERY VERY imaginative with the way he uses household items so no doubt he’ll come out with some crackers.
    Liska xx

    • Notmyyearoff September 10, 2013 / 8:04 pm

      Aww thanks Liska!! I will try to remember to link up. 🙂

  44. Stephanie September 7, 2013 / 5:56 pm

    This is such a sweet post. I love the way they see the world and the wonderful imaginations that they have at that age.

  45. David September 7, 2013 / 7:38 pm

    Really like this post 🙂 funny how it is the simple things they like the most. Olivia has all sorts of toys yet her favourite things to play with are bowls pans and spoons.

    • Notmyyearoff September 10, 2013 / 8:02 pm

      Haha I think she would get on very we with Little Z!

  46. Luci - September 10, 2013 / 8:55 am

    Aw, love that last shop of him! Am wondering if this not just an ordinary post is sponsored by Marks&Spencer though!! hee hee xx

    • Notmyyearoff September 10, 2013 / 8:02 pm

      Hehe! I need a very husky voice for that and I’m sorted 😉

  47. Verily Victoria Vocalises September 10, 2013 / 10:18 pm

    I am loving that microphone – and the cream pie made me laugh! Thanks for linking to PoCoLo x

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