This April I’m joining in with the A to Z blogging challenge. Each day (apart from Sunday) I’m going to use a different letter of the alphabet to write about Monkey; her personality, hobbies and interests.
T is for Thomas the Tank Engine.
One thing I’ve noticed with children is that fads come and go. This is not the case with Thomas. For Monkey, Thomas isn’t just a fad. It’s a full blown obsession!
I can’t really remember a time when Monkey didn’t like Thomas. It started pretty slowly and low key but by 18 months she was a huge fan. She could name all the engines, sing the theme tune, knew lots of the stories and made her own up.
Her bedroom slowly became covered in Thomas posters, there was a Thomas duvet on her bed, my floor was replaced by track and engines and most outfits included Thomas somewhere.
Days out started to be based around Thomas. We visited the National Railway Museum.
We had lots of fun at Mattel Play in Liverpool. Apparently they have Fireman Sam and Bob the Builder there too. We never saw them! After three hours in the Thomas bit it was time to go home.
She even got to meet the Fat Controller!
Our next trip has to be Thomas Land at Dayton Manor. We’ve got nothing booked yet but I’m going to find a day to make it happen. It looks amazing and she would love it there so much.
Monkey gets really upset when people tell her that Thomas is for boys. It’s rare that people just outright say it but I’ve lost count of the amount of comments about having a brother we get. Most of her Thomas clothes come from the boys section which annoys rather than upsets her although she is always VERY excited if she finds Thomas clothes actually made for girls.
A few months ago we saw a competition to join Team Thomas. It sounded perfect for Monkey, you had to make a little video saying who your favourite engine was and why you should be chosen. Monkey being Monkey she scripted it herself and finished by saying “I really want to be part of Team Thomas because I really like Thomas and it’s not just for boys!”
During the Easter Holidays a huge box full of Thomas goodies arrived for her to try. She was so excited I thought she might pop.