For our first entry in the list of Favorite Kids' Things, our writer and curriculum designer Chris shares his favorite toy:
Every December my partner and I go shopping for toys to donate to a local Christmas drive. It’s a tradition of ours, and besides the fun of sharing, it provides an honest excuse to hang out in a toy store for a while. We buy a few different things at Finnegen’s (a wonderful kid’s store here in Portland), but whatever else I choose I always end up giving a small ukulele. I have one of my own in the office, and when I feel frustrated or stuck, I pick it up and play a few chords even though I’m not all that good. When I do, I like to think that somewhere in town, there are a few kids doing the same thing: playing their songs and making a happy sound.