i probably buy far too many things for James, but there you go. they are seldom a waste and are often both fun and help him develop; not that i am trying to justify anything as i have no particular need to do so.
one of the most class things i have found of late is a rather ace Batman telephone book. i couldn't find any reviews on the interwebnet for it, so took a calculated gamble that a picture of Batman & Robin alone would make the lad happy. as it turns out, the whole thing is a winner!!
the basics of the book is that it contains a story of Batman & Robin on the case of the Riddler, who has taken some diamonds that don't really belong to him. at the bottom of every page there is a three digit number. when you dial that number on the phone provided, you get a call from either Batman, Robin or The Riddler giving you an update on where they are and what they are doing.
since there are no reviews on the net, here is one then i guess! although it is rather limited (ten messages are soon heard), it has proved to be great fun for James, and it is helping him learn numbers. plus, he makes up his own stories as he goes along with the book. i am no expert, but the 2 - 5 year old range would be the best audience for this. ahem, 35 year old handsome blog writers are rather partial to it too!
be excellent to each other!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!