... and you shall receive.
My middle son is big into animals at the moment, and has been since he was a tiny baby. All creatures great and small get the same loving treatment from my gorgeous little man, hugs for kangaroos and koalas at wildlife parks, gentle patting of dogs and cats whilst out for walks and soft poking of insects (have to control this urge a bit with so many dangerous nasties in Australia). My little S has special needs and isn't speaking yet, but playing with animals is a great way to get him to vocalise and we have started building up a lovely collection of high quality Schleich animals.
They are expensive to buy new but worth it as they are of a lovely quality and don't break or keep falling over like cheaper toy animals which can be quite frustrating for a little man. We have been slowly building our collection, picking up new creatures on our visits to our nearest toy shop.
A little while back I did a post about horsey-related items I had found, and mentioned I was hopeful of one day coming across a bagful of Schleich animals at an op shop or market. Well, my wish was granted BIG TIME on a couple of recent op shop visits!
Firstly, I visited my favourite Vinnie's a few suburbs away and found 4 bags of animals marked at $3 per bag. Squishing the animals up against the plastic I could see there were at least a couple of Schleichs in each bag, but when I got them home, I checked, and 29 out of the 40 or so animals were Schleich, Bingo! Then a couple of weeks later on a visit to my local Vinnie's I found another bag of animals marked at $3 - and voila! 14 more Schleich animals! I am thrilled to have picked up a total of 43 Schleich animals for a mere $15! The animals range from little meercats right up to big elephants and are probably worth a couple of hundred dollars in total new.
I am super-excited with these finds as we now have nearly a whole zoo of animals for my little man to play with.
May I introduce you to our little habitat...
After years of hibernation they were re-released into the wild...
Unlikely friendships were formed...
"The back pain is a killer isn't it"?
"My neck IS longer than your trunk, now can you just drop it"?
Reminiscing about cooler climes.
"I'm the good-looking one".
Numbers had been dwindling at this mothers' group for a while...
"Just working on our posture".
Realising they were outnumbered by cats 5 to 1, the dogs made a hasty exit.