When we were in Rome, we kept seeing these guys on the street trying to sell some squishy pig-shaped toys that they would throw down onto a plastic-wrap covered board. The pig would make a squealing noise and flatten out completely onto the board, then pop back up into shape. Eventually, after seeing them quite a few times, Rich thought that the boys would get a kick out of them so we bought three for Aidan, Beck and Luke. We carried them around for the rest of the trip and when we got home, I was going to mail them to the kids. I asked Rich if he thought they were still good so he opened one up and proceeded to throw it down onto our table and our kitchen floor several times, unfortunately splatting it open and "ruining" it! We also noticed there was NO squealing noise. After a little internet research, it appears that other people had the same experience and it's somewhat of a scam because none of them make any sounds AT ALL and the sellers basically have a little squealer device in their hands that they use to embellish the toy. LOL Although I had never seen anything like these toys before, I guess I just don't get out much because they are readily available online and have been around for years. haha So I ordered a box of 12 more in various shapes and colors and brought the box with me to distribute to all the kids while visiting.
That's the very long story to explain the photo at the top: Beck with two of the squishy balls. Let me tell you, this has been the best gift ever in terms of grandchild delight and happiness but also the worst gift ever because they don't last any time at all before bursting from the slightest mishandling or throwing/dropping onto anything that is not completely smooth! Originally I gave Beck two and Elle one because she had another gift. Beck LOVED his so much. Unfortunately, he burst his first two pretty quickly. I told him he could have ONE more because I had to give the rest out to his cousins when I saw them later in the trip. Of course, the third one burst soon after. After much crying and begging that he would not ask for ANY more if he could just have ANOTHER ONE, I relented on #4. I think it lasted till day two. :)
We stayed home the first day, played and played, swam, had dinner, and then off to bed!