Holiday Toy Review

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Holiday Toy Review
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Fri, 11-21-2003 - 9:18pm
Anyone interested in just sharing your kids' favorite toys for gift ideas for other parents?

Which toys have hit it big in your home?

Which toys just gathered dust??

I have a recommendation for those who love to play with Hot Wheels and Matchbox cars.

There is a set of puzzles made by Matchbox. They run about $7 apiece, I think there are 4-5 different ones that all interchange with each other. They are roads and buildings. We got the Police Station, and it came with a Police car. My kids have played with this probably 3 times per week for 3 months and the pieces are so sturdy that they have held up wonderfully. It's a little more flexible than the expensive rugs with roads because you can make it any way you want it, and of course it really nice because it stores in a small box...


Edited 11/21/2003 9:21:39 PM ET by jennamumm

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Fri, 11-21-2003 - 9:49pm
When my boys were little they had Tonka trucks for pre-schoolers. I can't remember what they called them, but they were all plastic with big fat plastic wheels. DS1 got a school bus for his second Christmas. Our 3 yo next door neighbor is STILL playing with it! These trucks have gone down the front steps onto concrete and are still around.

Brio trains were always a hit as well. Matchbox and Hot Wheels cars and remote controlled cars. And board games. DS1 loves board games.

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Fri, 11-21-2003 - 9:59pm
obviously we dont do toys anymore per se, but i have to share, both my boys *still* love legos. my 16yo still has them in his closet and actually builds things with them quite often.... just a thought.

p.s. my dd played with them too.

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Fri, 11-21-2003 - 10:28pm
I was just going to post how much my DS loves his Legos! Especially sets that are conducive to building vehicles. (Which is funny because he's never been into cars.)

Imaginext castle stuff gets a lot of play here too.

PS - Episcopalian here too. I don't run into many IRL.

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Sat, 11-22-2003 - 3:23am

Hmmmm...here are the hits:


The biggest hit in our house right now is the UNO ATTACK game.

Okmrsmommy-36, CPmom to DD-16 and DS-14

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Sat, 11-22-2003 - 4:58am

Awww come on, you know you want to buy those bobble head spinners for the "kids" so they can create their own music.


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Sat, 11-22-2003 - 3:20pm
Balls of all kinds were always popular, as were balloons for rainy days inside (and for kids older than 5).

Any form of blocks, either Duplo or Lego (or the various generic varieties).

Brio trains, either the generic kind or the Thomas the Tank Engine series. Investments in this are best spent on 2 to 3 year olds, but kids will play with them for years...well past 7 or 8 years old. Brio trains are a great "indulgent relative" gift, as well, as they tend to be pricey and rarely go on sale. I have a set at the house for visiting kids and it is EXTREMELY popular; easily the first toy kids bring out when they come visit.

Kitchen/house play sets. Both sexes (although in our case, my ex had issues with giving such toys to a boy, but both genders enjoy playing with them and they are toys that see much use.

Books, depending on the child. Some REALLY love them, some kids are 'meh'.

Dolls, whether the fashion/baby doll variety or the action figures (so boys will find them acceptable :) are almost always very popular...and well used in my experience, altho mileage can vary from child to child on those as well.

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Mon, 11-24-2003 - 5:49am

The favorites here are Matchbox cars, dress up clothes (big hit), a kitchen set (big hit) Legos, Fisher Price Little People toys like the house and barn, markers with stacks of drawing paper (lots and lots of paper), baby dolls,

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Mon, 11-24-2003 - 9:03am
I agree about the imaginitive toys!

Are you ready for the snow acomin today, btw? :)

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Fri, 11-28-2003 - 2:30pm

Of course it depends on the child ....


Play dough, any kind, any color - although some of the sets are less wonderful than others.

SUS

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Sat, 11-29-2003 - 10:05am
Sus, check this out:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=3157925332&category=50307

There are several like this on ebay. They really sell well this time of year. These are the sort of toys that hold value nicely. If you don't want to deal with ebay, they do have a program that you can have someone else sell it for you. I'd bet if you just ran a local ad in the paper you could pull in some extra holiday money.

Of course, if you really want to get rid of them and don't care about the money, it would make an AWESOME donated gift to whatever local gift-giving charity you have around you!

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