Let’s trade pins
At age 4 it was all about the princesses. Age 5- was about the pins.
On the flight down to Orlando Maddie and I were reading up on Disney-Magic Kingdom and seeing what special things we might want to put on our agenda. We came across the pin trading and Maddie (who is major into collecting silly bands, webkinz, anything you can collect) and decided that would be our “treat” from Disney this year.
How it works– you get a starter kit- lanyard with a few starter pins. Then you trade pins with cast members around the park. Usually trading up- though for kids it’s about getting the characters you want. The pins are not cheap…and I realized the trick was to get the starter kit with the most pins…some had 4 others had 7 as it is all about trading for new ones.
Our first stop at the park was to get our lanyard and starter pins. Maddie chose a Tinkerbell set. And while we checked out she already had made our first trade with the lady at the counter. It was a special first trade. Dale the chipmunk. Dale just happened to be the first character we say in our 2009 trip (which we both remembered) making it special. The day went on and Maddie got a nice collection going. It was fun to see her study the various pins and decide if she wanted to trade or not. We had lots of discussions on which ones were “special” and not to be traded. Her “specials” were Dale, our special love bug pin (Mickey with hearts), and the last one of the trip- the Castle.
Somehow by the end of the day she ended up with 16 (I think she talked me into buying a few more pins) but I will claim exhaustion or falling under the spell of Disney :).