Cheap Toys, Priceless Fun

Fun doesn’t have to come with a high price tag.

For Christmas, Pilgrim Dad gave the boys a pack of plastic toy soldiers, policemen, and coybows and Indians – $3 a bag! He has fond memories playing with them as a kid, and thought it was time to initiate the boys in classic war games.

Here you see the weapons -balls to bowl down the enemy, rubber bands for more targetted shooting (more for Pilgrim Dad’s use), and syringes to squirt water.



A big part of the fun was setting up and strategising (“put them far apart so that they’re harder to hit!”). Here you see the troops lined up for battle

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Then of course there was the battle itself. Now I’ve always been squeamish about guns and shooting and the like. (I couldn’t make it past the first 5 minutes of Saving Private Ryan, and I tried to sit through Band of Brothers with Pilgrim Dad but failed miserably.) At some point though, certainly by the time they hit National Service, the boys will need to learn that war is a reality of human history, and the present. Anyhow, since Pilgrim Dad was gung-ho, I was content to sit by and watch them have a go at each other.

After all the shouting and yelling and laughter, this was the carnage.


A great reminder to us that you don’t have to spend a lot of money to have a lot of fun!


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