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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Tue, 12-02-2003 - 6:21pm
Actually.......i really never dealth with all night teething, and when there was projectile vomiting, i was running the other way, and dh was cleaning it up!! LOL. i cant take it. i will clean up poop, but the vomiting......well, lets put it this way, i always catch whatever the kids have, and am right there along side them in the same shape they are.... :-(

really my kids werent sick very much, until i had ds2, but his were ear infections, and colds all the time.

BUT!!!!!!! dont be jealous, or envious, because that was just the calm before the storm!!

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Tue, 12-02-2003 - 11:22am
Uh huh.

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Mon, 12-01-2003 - 6:19pm
aaawwwwwwwww, you are soooo making me miss my kids when they were little and impressionable. we watch the movies of them when they were little on christmas morning, and its like turning the clock back for a few minutes. your little guy sounds like my "little guy" with Clifford The Big Red Dog. he loooooooved him.

you know what is fun to do now? we talk about the cute things the kids did when they were little and innocent, and just laugh up a storm. ie: my ds2 would go up to kids when he was around 4 or 5yo, get right in their face and say, "hi, my name is kenneth. wanna be my friend?". LOLOLOLOL i suggested he do that the first day of high school, but he declined.... ROFLMAO

they are so cute when they are little.

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Sat, 11-29-2003 - 10:56pm
My 3 y/o son is absolutely in love with Thomas the Train and all his friends. We bought him a train table for Christmas this year and I assure you it will make him scream with joy. These trains are his life and I am not kidding. My dd was never stuck on something like this and sometimes I worry my little guy is obsessed.

My 9 y/o dd is so difficult this year. She is having a hard time coming up with something for herself. She wants a music stand for her music (viola) which is very cheap. I bought her the Iquest with Mindstation but I am not sure what else at this point.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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