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Old 10-01-2011, 04:14 PM   #1
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Good toys for toddlers?

So I know that soon people are going to start asking what DD wants for Christmas. TBH, I really don't know! She has so many plastic, battery operated toys it's crazy. In fact, most are in a box right now and I am debating getting rid of all of them.

I want toys that will last. I want toys that require her to think and imagine, the way toys should be! So any ideas? She will be 18 mths by Christmas. We have a NB due 2 weeks later so still need to be careful with small parts.

So what kind of toys fit this:::
-Requires her to imagine, not a toy that does everything for her
-Stuff that will actually hold her interest
-Preferably readily available in department or toy stores (most family will not shop online)
-would love stuff that will be usable for a while, not something she will outgrow in a few months
-things that go toward learning/creating/building
-not plastic and super noisy, I mean plastic is ok, but I prefer that it's not cheapy dollar store stuff you know. I want it to last through both kids.

We got her a metal pan set and a waldorf doll. I am not planning on getting her anything else, family will do plenty.

What toys do your kids want? What do they like? (from 15mths-3yrs)

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Old 10-01-2011, 04:39 PM   #2
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DS is 2.5 and his absolute favorite thing to do is build with his blocks. He's got one of those colorful wooden Melissa and Doug sets. He got them for his first birthday and has played with them literally every single day for the last year or more.

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Old 10-01-2011, 04:51 PM   #3
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Re: Good toys for toddlers?

lots of "better" brick and mortar toy stores have great ideas- ball drops, wooden fruit that velcros together, small trike, wooden puzzles, art supplies!!, lacing beads or lacing animals, easel, cars and trucks with a track (or trains and track), dress up clothes! music CDs....
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Old 10-01-2011, 05:28 PM   #4
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Re: Good toys for toddlers?

playdough toys (huge hit in my home)
duplo, wooden blocks, waffle blocks, etc
a nice quality kitchen with cloth and wooden food and toys.
a small train set
arts and crafts things (18 months we started using LOTS of stickers and the bingo marker stanp things)
some nice quality books.
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Old 10-01-2011, 05:49 PM   #5
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Re: Good toys for toddlers?

wooden play food - plan toys or melissa & doug
douplos
doll & doll stroller (corelle dolls are great & maclaren has a very simple stroller I got ours at toys r us)
blocks
wooden train set (thomas or brio or melissa & doug or Ikea or plan toys all work together)
nesting blocks
dress up hats
little bike (we love the radio flyer one & use it inside or outside)
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Old 10-01-2011, 05:56 PM   #6
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Re: Good toys for toddlers?

Things DS has or likes when we visit others (he is 20 months). I think these are pretty gender neutral things (he also loves trucks, cars, planes & has an obsession with balls)

Magna doodle
Duplo or mega blocks
Kitchen with doors to open & close, bowls & cups, fake food
Ball popper-where they push it & the balls in the little dome pop up?
Playdough
Musical instruments-band in a box/drum
Little people/playmobil sets-DS has a plane & big barn set and loves them
Dress-up clothes especially HATS!! This kid loves hats!
Easel for drawing/painting
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Re: Good toys for toddlers?

some of my DDs favorites (we are big melissa and doug fans)
-melissa and doug wooden blocks
she has this kitchen and plays with it everyday
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/re.../dp/B003KYTT7S we have food and pots and pans to go with it
-we have alot of dress up stuff
-magnetic wooden dress up dolls
-baby dolls
-paper, crayons, markers, stamps, pencils
-books
-balls all sizes
-flash cards
-kindermusic CDs we listen to alot of those (she loves to jam to my music too hahahah)
We play outside alot
-sidewalk chalk, scooter http://www.amazon.co.uk/Mini-Micro-s.../dp/B000ES31Y0
DD has had this since she was 2 rides it everyday
our favorite stores are Learning Express and Brilliant Sky
I feel if you have a good organized system for toys arts and crafts books etc they last longer
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Old 10-01-2011, 06:48 PM   #8
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Re: Good toys for toddlers?

An iPad has an outer metal case - does that count? Sorry, no help here - we have wooden puzzles and a few other stacking toys but we love our plastic loud toys. I wouldn't discount the educational ones that have the letters & numbers - my son loves them and is constantly saying his numbers and letters and can recognize them. (we do flash cards, read and other stuff, but I'm sure some of those loud toys were very helpful too).
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Re: Good toys for toddlers?

Puzzles are the one thing I see missing. DS loves wood puzzles and has been able to do them since before your daughters age.

Besides cars, DS loves ride on toys, balls, bubbles, books, blocks, and musical instruments. We try to limit our plastic junk toys since they don't get played with much, drive me nuts and get broken so fast.

Oh another thing I think is so fun for kids and DS loved since he was a baby, was his Mozart Cube. It is not that annoying to me and he loves it. It plays Mozart and they can turn each instrument group on and off. DS loves music so it has been a huge hit for him.
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Re: Good toys for toddlers?

We have these for panda and she loves them

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/re...uct/B001ODA2Q4

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/AS.../chrisficti-20

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/AS.../chrisficti-20

http://www.target.com/p/B-Zany-Zoo-W...e/-/A-12025312
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