One of my most favorite toys growing up was a little Barbi-ish doll and farm set. She was not as large as a Barbi...kinda a skipper size, and had long red hair. Had a little house on the prairie type dress and a bow in her hair. I don't remember her name, but I loved her. I was around 8 when I got her for Christmas. She came with a buckboard wagon, a little pony(no moving parts on the pony), picnic basket with food,bales of plastic hay, farm animals-chickens and chicks...ducks and ducklings...rooster...food for the picnic basket...apples...bread...cups...plates...all kinds of stuff. Stuff, stuff stuff! And it was all connected on large plastic thingamajig that you had to pop all of them apart one at a time-like an airplane model. Wonderful stuff! The first night (Christmas Eve) I think I lost some dishes. She also had a barn to put together. That doll and pony and wagon packed up and un-loaded quite a bit, and each time I think I lost something. Finally, after about a year or two, I just had the doll, wagon, and pony. So sad! As a grown up one day, I was digging in some of my Mom's junk at home and found a baby chick!! I nearly cried! That was the best toy I had ever had, and probably the most regretted by my Mom. (farm animals everywhere :))
So! If your child has a toy that is messy and gets lost all the time...safe bet is that it's a favorite.