A couple weeks ago, my parents gave our son a set of keys. They are currently his favorite possession, and go everywhere with him. My parents were inspired by the fact that our son was always trying to play with our keys, and they decided to make him his own set. They gathered up all the old random keys that they could find (you know, the ones that are hiding out in the back of the junk drawer or on a shelf in the garage, and nobody knows what they unlock anymore), and put them on a ring. Then they made a tag with our son’s name on it and added it to the key ring. Then they picked out a nice metal key chain at the thrift store (it has a picture of koalas on it, which our son thinks is nifty) and added that to the mix. The result is a set of keys that looks just like ours.
Our son loves those keys. He pretends to “drive” his toy train and even the wooden parking garage that sits in our living room (It has a nice little hole at the top that he can use as an ignition). The keys go with him in his wagon, and have even gone to bed with him a few times. It was a simple, easy, very inexpensive gift (free except for the little key ring they bought at a thrift store) and it’s provided a huge amount of fun for our son. Obviously this wouldn’t be a good toy for children who are young enough to still be putting things in their mouths, but if they’re past that stage, what kid wouldn’t want their very own set of keys?