As everyone well knows, I have a few hobbies that I enjoy…mostly quilting, but I’m not the only one in our family with a hobby.
Big D (yup, still trying to find a nickname for Daddy) has one too – he collects and trades Disney Trading Pins.
He has well over 100 interesting Disney pins at this point and his collection keeps growing.
His collection started a couple trips back with two pins that caught his eye – Tick Tock Crock eating Captain Hook and Mickey with a Lightsaber.
Some pins he buys online, some he buys or trades for at Disney and some have been gifts from friends.
This Hoop-Dee-Doo pin was a gift from friends on their Disney trip!
We love it!
These three were gifts for the kids from another friend of ours.
We have very thoughtful friends!
The children and I bought these for Big D’s birthday this year.
He and the kids bought me this one on our last trip…
…and we bought him this pin album to keep his collection in. At this rate we may have to buy him another one on his next trip but that’s ok, I enjoy contributing to his Disney pin obsession.
Some of the pins are really cool, some are really pretty and some are pretty funny! I can see the appeal they have to him. I’ve been tempted to collect them myself but I’m pretty busy with my own hobbies so I’ll leave the pins to Big D.
He and the kids also like to trade pins with the Cast Members when we’re at Disney. The Little Professor is especially talented in this area and can spot a good trade from far away! I like the social interaction it provides for the kids. It gives them the chance to approach a safe stranger and begin a conversation with them where they can develop basic social skills, like looking the person in the eyes and speaking clearly – not always easy with people we don’t know. It helps builds confidence.
I can just hear my friends and family pointing out my need to turn everything into a learning experience.
Since they are “Disney” trading pins, all the pins have our favourite Disney characters, show a Disney place or Disney item on them which makes it even more exciting. The kids love to point out what or who each pin represents. Out of all the pins we have we’ve only been stumped once…
If you know who this is, please let me know!!! We just can’t figure it out. I vaguely recognize the character but I can’t place him.