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My 2-and-a-half-year-old loves “serving to” us change the battery on his Thomas trains. As with all battery-powered toys for young children, this endeavor requires a tiny screwdriver to take away the even tinier screws from the plastic cowl that retains the battery securely in place. In different phrases, it’s not essentially the most kid-friendly exercise, nevertheless it’s one Augie relishes.

He additionally loves connecting his prepare tracks (and taking them aside), making constructions along with his Magna-Tiles (and destroying them), placing collectively his Duplo autos (and disassembling them), and meticulously repacking toys of their authentic packing containers (and taking them again out once more).