Post by constancegoodspeed on Oct 1, 2015 20:58:25 GMT -5
What are you getting your LO for Christmas this year?
We are getting DS a doll house, a new balance bike, and a watch. His idea list for grandparents includes headphones (any recs for good kids headphones?), arts and craft supplies, glider board for the stroller, Matchbox car parking garage, and anything Daniel Tiger.
If he had his way, the list would be cars, cars, cars.
It seems like my child is always getting a new toy...she has started doing harder puzzles, so my mom sent us a few. She has started being able to play memory, so I bought her another board game. She always chooses to play with magnatiles or whatever when we go places, so that's on my list for her for Christmas, although since it is a toy her brother cannot eat, I am tempted to give it to her sooner. She loves dress up, so maybe if I find some good post-Halloween deals I'll give her some items for that. Maybe some horse items--playmobil, maybe. I like the idea of ride-ons, but she never really uses them enough to make it worth it. She is into Daniel Tiger too, as well as Paw Patrol, so maybe some items from that arena, although not too much. She likes doll houses, but planning on one right now.
Post by TheEleventhHour on Oct 3, 2015 18:40:35 GMT -5
We are not 100% sure. I do have some Disney Planes toys stashed away (I buy them anytime I see them at Marshall's) and we have a Melissa & Doug wooden block set we never gave him at Easter as planned. He loves puzzles so I want to get him some more difficult ones because he seems kind of over the ones he currently had. He is also obsessed with Disney Cars and PAW Patrol so we will likely get him things related to that.
And for Christmas I'd like some better organization tools for toys haha.
Magnatiles is at the top of my list for DD. Probably some Duplo sets, and more trains for her train table (we got given one for free this weekend, but it only came with one train). I always give books as well. Haven't spent too much time thinking about it yet!
We are getting DD a train set and maybe MagnaTiles.
For her birthday she's getting a balance bike and a helmet.
We're trying to keep Christmas closer to $100/birthday will be those two things so close to $100. She just has so much stuff already and we're going to be in FL starting at the end of February through at least 6 weeks after this LO is born so mid/late May depending on how fast we can get the passports for the baby. And then we'll move again so we really can't get a lot of stuff.
brachysira & TheEleventhHour what kind of puzzles are you looking at? DD loves puzzles but I'm not sure how difficult to get. We have the Melissa & Doug 12 piece each - 4 puzzle box and it definitely involves DH & I helping. Maybe she'll be able to do it by herself soon? I want more things she can do completely by herself because when the LO comes I know I'm going to need some more time to myself with the LO and not entertaining DD.
Post by TheEleventhHour on Oct 12, 2015 13:39:21 GMT -5
@aest Right now DS only has the M&D chunky puzzles which he has been able to do without help for a long time. He also has a tangram puzzle set (I think it might be M&D but can't remember). That is a little more challenging but becoming easier. For Christmas I am looking at the M&D simple jigsaw puzzles - probably the 12 piece ones. He has a 24 piece puzzle but that is too much for him right now.
Post by brachysira on Oct 13, 2015 20:34:15 GMT -5
My child has a few 12 piece and a couple with more pieces. She cannot do them herself at the beginning, but after we do them a million times, she can. But she has the shortest fuse of anyone ever, so she really does do much on her own without getting too frustrated. I would definitely think 12-24 piece jigsaw would be a good choice if you can do them together first. It also helps if there are distinct things pictured, as she can find all the pieces for one dinosaur, and work on those, and then do the next dinosaur, for instance. There are some classic puzzles that you tell a story by putting different rectangles in order, or some chunky ones that have all kids of weird shapes that fit to fort a picture that I think are a bit easier than jigsaw but still tough enough.
DS also has the MD 12 peice puzzles in the wooden box and even when I line up the peices and have him just snap them together he still gets frustrated/bored and quits.
I'm hoping this is one of those toys that when they say 3+ they actually mean it, and I'm glad to hear your kids also aren't so into it yet.
I feel like the ages on things can be so off! Sometimes DS is so into things labeled for above his age and then other times he struggles with or doesn't like things that aren't labeled as being age appropriate.
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