Speaking of microphones, the Toysmith Magic Mic is a great, cheap alternative for those who are sick and tired of toys that light up, talk and play music, but still want to encourage their children to express themselves.
The mike is quite big, but lightweight, and both kids enjoy using it. It has no batteries, no frills whatsoever. It mimics what a real microphone does by using metal coils inside its hollow chamber, basically creating an echo. Brilliant!
Nica has put on many little shows, some musical, some not.
Sometimes she uses the mike to play TV reporter.
Nica: “Hi! We are here in the house! We are here with Mommy! Hi, Mommy.”
Nica: “Could you speak into the microphone, please?”
Nica: “What are you doing, Mommy?”
Me: “I’m doing dishes.”
Nica: “And how long have you been doing dishes?”
Nica: “Are you an expert at doing dishes?”
Me: (sigh) “Yes.”
Nica: “Do you have allergies?’
Me: “Huh? No.”
Nica: “I do! I am allergic to peanuts!”
Me: “Yes, I know.”
Nica: (off mike) “No, Mommy, pretend you don’t know!”
Me: “Ah, sorry. Um…. Oh, you’re allergic to peanuts?”
Nica: “Yes! Thank you, Mommy. Until tomorrow! Good-bye!”