The Case of the Empty Toy Bin

I didn’t notice it at first, but a strange thing has been happening lately. Gradually my toys have been disappearing. One by one they have vanished. I have observed my toy bin get a little emptier every day. At this rate I’ll soon have nothing to play with.

The other day while I was playing in my baby zone, I was thinking about this phenomenon. I began to miss some of the toys that I haven’t seen in a while. I set down the toy I was playing with and sat there pondering for a minute. All that pondering made me a bit tired so I decided to lay down right there on the floor where I sat.

As I lay there feeling nostalgic about the days when I had toys to spare, I spotted something out of the corner of my eye. I turned my head to get a better look, and that’s when I realized that something was wedged underneath the couch. Quickly I rolled onto my hands and knees and crawled over to take a closer look.

As I got to the couch I crouched down to peek underneath. There was definitely some sort of mysterious object hiding under there. I deployed an arm and sent it exploring in the darkness under the couch. I could feel something there. I was sure of it.

I wiggled myself closer to the couch in order to improve my reach, and deployed an arm again. This time I managed to wrap my fingers around the mysterious object and pull it towards me. I almost managed to pull it out into the light, when my fingers slipped and I lost my grip.

Baby reaching underneath the couch.

What’s under there?

I crouched down again to take another look. The mysterious object was definitely closer this time. I realized that this was going to take a bit of finesse. I reached in carefully and gave the mysterious object a wiggle. It began to move towards me. I wiggled and pulled at the same time and after a moment, the mysterious object emerged from underneath the couch.

Feeling proud of myself I took a close look at my new treasure. Somehow, it seemed very familiar but at first I couldn’t quite figure out why. Where I have seen this object before? That’s when I realized that this was one of the toys that recently went missing. After a moment of thinking, I recalled shoving it under the couch in the first place.

It all came back to me in a flood of memories. I remembered stashing all sorts of things under both of the couches. I crouched down again to take another look in the darkness of this space. Sure enough, it was stuffed full of lost treasures. Long lost objects that I have been missing.

I worked diligently to rescue my lost toys and I managed to save many of them. Too many more were still trapped under the couch and out of my reach. No matter how hard I tried, I just couldn’t wrap my fingers around them. I didn’t know what to do. That’s when mommy came to the rescue with the broom.

Mommy crouched down beside me and, after taking a good look under the couch, stuffed the broom in there. With a sweeping motion, mommy moved the broom from one end to the other and a pile of toys popped out. My lost playthings! I have missed you!

I am so happy to have my toys back safely in my toy bin. I have so many things to play with and explore. Playtime is so much fun again. I do hope that I remember the next time that I stash a toy some place. I better do a regular inspection of the dark space underneath the couch. I’ll put that on my to-do list.

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22 thoughts on “The Case of the Empty Toy Bin

    • One day I couldn’t find my phone. Turned out that Peachy got a hold of it and stuffed it under the couch. Had a lot of missed messages that day. Thanks for visiting.

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    • Thanks. I tried to take some better ones but she moves around so much that they tend to be blurry. For now we have Peachy’s play area confined to only half of the living room and toys end up everywhere and stuffed into everything. I can’t imagine what’s going to happen when we give her free run of the house. Thanks for visiting.

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  1. My children love to empty their toy bins and the toys go all over the house! Luckily my sofa’s are quite low to the ground so don’t have that problem but I am always finding toys behind them! Sometimes my children empty their toy bin just to refill it which can be very amusing too.

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    • Peachy recently discovered that things can actually be put inside of bigger things and not just dumped out. She has a little red bucket where we put all the small toys. She loves to take them all out and then put them back in. But she puts 3 in, takes two out, puts another four in, then dumps the whole bucket, puts one thing back in, and walks away. And if you try to help she gets mad that you’re doing it wrong, dumps the bucket and starts over.

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  2. The toys we have misplaced over the years. We once lost Woody’s hat. It was missing for over a year. I can’t even remember where we found it, but my husband did that Dad thing of making it magically appear from my sons ear. My son is now 7 and still believes Woody’s had was hiding in his ear for all that time!!! Thanks for linking up to #FridayFrolics

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  3. Brilliant. BP (who is now 12 years old) used to stash toys behind the radiator! He was mortified when he learned they were stuck forever because we couldn’t move the radiator. Glad you found your lost toys Peachy.
    Thanks for linking to #pocolo
    (Sorry for the epically late comment!)

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    • Oh not. What a disaster! I’ve been eyeballing the hole in one of the boxes of our entertainment system. Mommy keeps telling me not to put anything in there because we’ll never get it out. I don’t know if I believe her. So far I haven’t been able to find anything that fits in there. Thanks for visiting.

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