Top Twenty Toys

Need ideas for Christmas gifts?  In my nearly 24 years of mothering, I’ve seen many toys come and go.  As Christmas approaches, I hope I can offer some helpful suggestions. Some toys with longevity are expensive, while others cost nearly nothing or can easily be found at thrift stores and yard sales. You might want to put these on your “watch list.”

Here we go!

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1. Educational Toys

I have to confess, I love these sorts of toys because they teach while allowing for creative fun.  Here are a few of our long time favorites:

Pattern Blocks (I have two large bins)

Peg Board (The Lauri one has been our favorite for years and years.)

Beads and Strings (Love them)

Geo Board (Over time we’ve lost most of our rubberbands, and I’ve had a hard time finding colorful ones.  I finally resorted to ordering them on Amazon – crazy. A crafty person could make one of these and they really are great.)


2. Leapfrog Toys

 

LeapFrog Word Whammer

Also educational, but in a different category are the LeapFrog products — love them. This Fridge Words Magnetic Word Builder,or “Word Whammer” as we call it, is a fantastic learning toy. Little Man got this for Christmas last year and it is still played with nearly every day.  I’ve been strict about keeping all of the letters on the refrigerator and I don’t think we’ve lost any.  The beauty of this toy is that it makes it easy for children to understand the concept of blending letter sounds.

The toy sounds out the letters and if they’ve built a word, it reads it to them. All of the vowels are red, and they know (from the Leap Frog DVD’s) that the vowels are the “sticky letters” that hold the words together. With a vowel in the middle, they can make lots of fun words. Little Man especially likes to spell Mom and Dad, which we like too. There is also a button that plays the “ABC Song” which Little Man plays a bit too often.

LeapFrog DVD’s

I know these aren’t toys, but I have to put in a plug for these great DVD’s.  Eby and Little Man learned all of their letter sounds with no effort, how to blend sounds, and even “silent e”, which is making teaching them to read a breeze.

3. Riding Toys

Noah got a Kiddie Car from Community Playthings for his second birthday — he is now 19.  That toy is still played with nearly every day and from the time he came home from Ethiopia, Eby claimed it.  When Little Man turned two, we bought one for him.  Sunshine, Eby, and Little Man ride these around the house, driving me slightly nuts, but, they have been great purchases.

We also had a very sweet Radio Flyer scooter that Sweet Pea got for her first birthday.  It had a sad accident when it was left in the driveway just a couple of years ago, but gave my kids many hours of happy riding.

Two years ago we gave Eby a Mighty Trike to ride on our gravel driveway.  He wasn’t ready to ride a bike, but the tires on most trikes didn’t work well on the gravel.  This trike has been a fantastic purchase, although the price was a bit much to bear.  Fortunately we had gift money from grandparents, so that eased the pain.  It is larger than most trikes, so Eby (5) and Little Man (4) will still use it for a long time.

All three of these are rather expensive, but they will last for many years, and through many children. They would be great suggestions for grandparents!

4. Blocks

We have a big bin of wooden blocks that get played with regularly.  Last Thursday the blocks formed a fence to keep the wild lion (Little Man) from escaping the zoo.  The kids also love to build big towers and make roads.

They also enjoy our set of cardboard bricks that we have had for many, many years.  They are light, inexpensive, surprisingly sturdy, and great for building walls to crash down with cars.

We have a sweet little village like this as well. I tend to save it for Quiet Hour when the pieces won’t get scattered.

5. Trains

We have had our train set since we lived in Ithaca, New York, which would mean about twenty years.  Little Man and Eby love it.  I keep it out for awhile, and then store it away, often trading it with the big bin of blocks.  Even college kids have been known to come over and build a train.  You can start small with enough track to make a circle or figure eight and add to it over the years.

6. Playdough

All of my children have loved Playdough; just yesterday I got out out large bin of Playdough toys for Eby and Little Man.  Kids will be happy with a small rolling pin and cookie cutters or something more elaborate.  You can’t go wrong with the basic Fun Factory which is inexpensive and fun.  My kids’ current favorites are the ice cream shoppe and a clown that grows “hair.’ In the summer, Playdough is an outside activity, but during cooler weather I do my best to have a good attitude about the mess and remember that most of it can be swept up when they are done.

7.  Dress Up Clothes

Timeless, inexpensive, and hours of fun,  kids love dress up clothes. Nearly every day at my home, somebody is an Indian, a princess, or an animal. Most of the dress ups we have were found at yard sales, thrift stores, or they were passed to us. When the girls were younger I often had to replace the all important dress up shoes, now their dress ups are more elaborate and often involve performances.

8. Puzzles

I like puzzles and have to resist buying more and more.  Our favorites are floor puzzles, Lauri puzzles, and beautiful Ravensburg and Melissa and Doug Puzzles.

9. Building Toys (Duplos, Legos, K’nex, Lincoln Logs)

We have two large bins of Duplos that have been played with for twenty years – I’m not kidding.  Eby is just beginning to move on to Legos, but the Duplos still get used regularly. Last week I dug out my older boys’ set of K’nex and Sunshine has gone completely nuts over them. She has been building creations daily, and particularly loves following the diagrams to create cars, etc.

10. Castles, Doll Houses, and Imaginative Play

My nephews who are now 21 and 19, passed their Fisher Price Castle and Pirate Ship to my kids many years ago.  Eby and Little Man call them their “bad guys” and love playing with them.  If I were to purchase a set today, I would probably go with something like this,although if you can find a used castle, my guys love theirs.

I didn’t originally list Playmobil because we have never owned it, but a friend commented that it is their favorite toy and my kids love to play Playmobil when they go to friends’ houses.  There are lots of great castles and other sets to check out.

We also have a dollhouse that originally belonged to my niece and has given my kids hours of fun play.

11. Dolls

With six daughters, you can imagine that we have had many dolls in our home.  We love baby dolls and big girl, American Girl dolls.  Dimples and Sunshine still love their Fisher Price Little Mommy dolls which we have with both light skin and brown skin. They are relatively inexpensive and quite sweet. The dolls from Melissa and Doug are similar.

12. Craft Supplies

My younger set will spend hours playing with paper, glue, paints (they love the little inexpensive watercolor sets), markers, crayons, scissors, glue sticks, and tape. Extra exciting items are fuzzy pompoms, foam stickers, pipe cleaners, glitter glue, and googly eyes with adhesive backs. This can also get super messy, but I give them a large plastic bowl for their scraps which helps with cleaning up. Rubber stamps are also a big hit.

13. Art Supplies

Good art supplies are more expensive than craft supplies, but they often last a long time. We still have a large set of Prismacolor pencils that belonged to Mimi years ago. We love our art sketchbooks and recently began experimenting with watercolor pencils in our nature journals.

14.  Toy Kitchen and Food

Our kids love having a toy kitchen; the one we have was passed to us by friends. We have a crazy collection of toy food and dishes ranging from old Fisher Price tea sets to Melissa and Doug wood food that cuts apart with a wooden knife (the pieces are held together with velcro). Since Little Man doesn’t read, I can tell you that I ordered the Birthday Cake set for him for Christmas. He loves making cakes for us with our Lauri pegboard and Duplos, so I’m pretty sure he’ll love this.

15. Outdoor Toys

We love having a trampoline and have not had a single broken bone in ten years.  Eby and Little Man spend hours jumping and playing games with balls.  They have fun with their hand-me-down Little Tykes basketball hoop and other sports toys. We also have a sandbox filled with buckets and old Tonka trucks, as well as a playset.  Right now we are doing a lot of sledding!

16. Wii and Wii Fit

[I borrowed this review from a post I wrote last year, Six Weeks Later.]

Another favorite gift that has seen daily use is Wii Fit Plus. After refusing to have video games for years, we were persuaded to get a Wii last Christmas (2008) with gift money from the grandparents. Because it can be used interactively, and you actually use your body to play many of the games, we decided this would be a good fit for us – especially during our long, cold winters. Overall, we have been happy with that decision. The kids lobbied hard for Wii Fit and this year we used grandparent gift money to get it.

Most of the kids have set up an account and are playing games to increase their balance, agility, etc. Russ and I had a hilarious time doing the Obstacle Course. I love the premise that exercise is fun; I want my children to love moving their bodies and breaking out in a sweat. I was a completely non-athletic, slightly overweight child, but I got hooked on running in college and haven’t stopped yet. So far the Obstacle Course is my favorite game, although I have yet to make it to the advanced level. I’m terrible at Skateboarding – Boo tried to teach me how to do it, but I think it is going to take practice.

17. Marble Runs

We got our Marble Run as a hand-me-down many, many years ago and the kids still love it.  Ours is from Discovery Toys and looks similar to this.

18. Lite Brite

I have great memories of playing Lite Brite with my sister, Laura.  We would hide away in our room for hours making pictures and then displaying them for our parents.  Our Lite Brite has been tucked away for a few years, but I’m planning to get it out and see if my younger children enjoy it.

19. Games

There are ten young people in my kitchen right now, so I just took a poll of their favorite games. These are the ones they spontaneously offered:

Candyland, Trouble, Guess Who?, Clue, Rat-a-Tat Cat, Uno, Dutch Blitz, The Amazing Labryinth, Connect 4, Life, Stratego, Settlers of Catan, Imaginiff ,Blokus, and Apples to Apples.

20. Cars and Trucks

This list would be incomplete without mentioning cars and trucks of all kinds. My older boys enjoyed playing with Hotwheels cars and track; Eby and Little Man have not discovered these yet, but I think they are just about ready. They also like big trucks, particularly the fire engine that makes lots of noise.

21. What would you put here?

Every family is different and we would love to hear what toys your children enjoy.  Give us suggestions and fresh ideas!

Have a great start to your week. Let’s get our Christmas shopping done so we can focus our hearts and minds on our families and the coming of Christ.  And for those of you who are done — I wish I could say the same!

Lisa

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Let me introduce myself. Russ and I are the parents of twelve children by birth and adoption, and sometimes more through foster care. I'm the creator of One Thankful Mom which has been as much of a gift to me as to my readers. In 2011 I became a TBRI® Pracitioner* and have lived and breathed connected parenting ever since. I'm deeply honored to be the co-author, together with the late Dr. Karyn Purvis, of The Connected Parent; it is her final written work. I love speaking at events for adoptive and foster parents. I'm also the co-founder of The Adoption Connection, a podcast and resource site for adoptive moms. I mentor and encourage adoptive moms so you can find courage and hope in your journeys of loving your children well.

54 Comments

  1. Trisha
    December 6, 2010

    This is such an amazing list!! For your Canadian readers, I have found many of the above items at the store Scholar's Choice (www.scholarschoice.ca). Such a great resource from great educational and fun games! My other new favourites are any game from "Blue Orange Games" (www.blueorangegames.com). I LOVE their game Spot It!!! It could be a great one for you and your kids of all ages 🙂

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    1. One Thankful Mom
      December 6, 2010

      Very fun! I popped over to Amazon and Spot It sounds like a great game that most of the family can play together. I've added Spot It to my wish list as well; thank you for the recommendation.

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  2. Jody
    December 6, 2010

    Wow, i can't even tell you how helpful this was to me! My husband and i are adopting our FIRST child, so we're a little cluelss on a number of things….. toys being one of them! LOL!! Also helpful when looking for the nieces/nephews. Thanks again for such a practical and helpful post!

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    1. One Thankful Mom
      December 6, 2010

      Jody, I'm glad it was helpful! I had fun working on it.

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  3. Rachel
    December 6, 2010

    Playmobil! Playmobil and more Playmobil! I can't get over how everyone eventually migrates to Playmobil before the day is over!

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    1. One Thankful Mom
      December 6, 2010

      Rachel, one of the college students said that same thing last night. We've never had Playmobil…but I've thought about it lots of times. If you were going to start with Playmobil, what would you suggest?

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      1. Betsy
        December 7, 2010

        My little boy (5) LOVES his playmobil ladder truck and has some knights w/ accessories. My daughter (7) started with the doll house…it comes with the accessories and people for a fair price. My girl hasn't played as much with playmobil as I thought she would, but my little boy plays almost everyday with it.
        My little boy is getting the smaller fire (hose truck) w. helicopter for Christmas this year-I found it on clearance at Costco for $37.
        The quality can't be beat!

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        1. Betsy
          December 7, 2010

          I forgot…we have the playmobil nativity that my kids enjoy playing with each Advent 🙂

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        2. One Thankful Mom
          December 7, 2010

          Betsy, you all are tempting me to consider Playmobil for Eby and Little Man….

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  4. Julie
    December 6, 2010

    That is a great list! We have similar taste in toys. I would add these games: SET, Uno, Skip-Bo, Cranium (and Cadoo). In the outdoor toys, we have a tire swing that Steve made interchangeable with a disc swing. That gives us hours of enjoyment in the summer. Even I like to climb on the disc every now and then. 🙂

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    1. One Thankful Mom
      December 6, 2010

      Our disc swing hangs from an old apple tree, and the kids get wild on it. It broke last year and I need to replace it. Thanks for more games.

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  5. Molly
    December 6, 2010

    This is great! We are adopting two toddlers right now and I am a bit picky about what sorts of toys I want people to buy them. We have two birthdays and of course Christmas in the next month. Looking forward to sharing some of these recommendations.

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    1. One Thankful Mom
      December 6, 2010

      That is wonderful, Molly. Blessings on bringing your little ones home.

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  6. Jamey
    December 6, 2010

    My kids are almost 2, 2.5, and just turned 4 and you named most of our "best toys"! They just got an early Christmas present of their first set of Duplos from grandparents this year and they're loving those. My four year old does great with Lincoln Logs and ALL of them love wooden blocks and our wooden train set.They also love their animal/dinosaur figurines and can play with those for a long time. Something I don't think you mentioned was the Fisher Price "Little People" collections. They are great about having diverse people and have tons of sturdy recognizable sets like fire stations/trucks, minivans, houses, schools, etc. These are a big hit at our house. I also want to agree with the LeapFrog DVDs. My oldest son LOVES the Letter Factory and Word Factory and he started reading CVC words at three years old!

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    1. One Thankful Mom
      December 6, 2010

      Jamey, thank you for mentioning Little People. We used to have some, but over the years we must have passed them on. I think I may have to write a post with all of the great suggestions! Glad to hear you love the Leapfrog DVD's too – they are amazing.

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  7. Beth
    December 6, 2010

    Funny – you hit every toy we love and we've kept over our 21 years parenting. I would also add Playmobil – our older kids didn't get a chance to enjoy it, but our youngers love it and it's very well constructed. We also loved the old fisher price people that you can still sometimes find at tag sales. A great tag sale find for us was Rokenbok – our whole family has played (including our college age kids), though I'm pretty sure I wouldn't have spent the big bucks required to purchase the set new.

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    1. One Thankful Mom
      December 6, 2010

      Beth, I don't even know what Rokenbok is! I need to check it out – thanks for the suggestion.

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  8. shelley
    December 6, 2010

    we are so similar-my kids play with all of the above, so i have nothing to add to your list. 🙂 i too have to stop myself from buying more puzzles!!

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    1. One Thankful Mom
      December 6, 2010

      What is it that makes us want more and more?? It helps when I think about how limited our space is, I also try to give lots away. So nice to hear from you Shelley!

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  9. Tisha
    December 6, 2010

    What a great list! That had to take some time to compile! Our family also enjoys many of the same toys/activities/DVDs as yours. I especially liked when you casually said "there are ten young people in my kitchen right now." 🙂

    Our kids spend HOURS riding good old fashioned bicycles too – all purchased second hand or given to us from others who have outgrown them. I know not everyone's neighborhood allows for this, but it is a fantastic way for them to expend lots of energy!

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    1. One Thankful Mom
      December 6, 2010

      Tisha, it took quite awhile to compile to the list, but it was fun! We love bikes, but live in the country with our property bordered on one side by the highway and surrounded by pastures and neighboring properties – no roads to ride one! Bike riding is one thing we miss about living in town, that and being able to go out for a walk on sidewalks. Some day we hope to pave part of our driveway so the kids can ride scooters, play hopscotch, and have a real basketball hoop.

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  10. Chantelle
    December 6, 2010

    What a helpful post!! Thank you!

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    1. One Thankful Mom
      December 6, 2010

      Glad you liked it Chantelle!

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  11. choose joy
    December 6, 2010

    How do you organize all these in your home? Do your children keep toys in their bedrooms or do you have a central play room? You mention "bins" a lot – hee! I was referred to as "the crazy tote lady" once! I'm a neat freak so I would love any suggestions on how you organize toys, if you have time. Thanks. Blessings, Jennifer

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    1. One Thankful Mom
      December 6, 2010

      Jennifer, I love my house, but it is lacking a few important things — like a playroom! I dream of an addition with a playroom, large laundry room, and an office for Russ. The boys have a cabinet in their room for toys as well as a couple of baskets, the girls also have a large cabinet. The more "valuable toys", like the Learning Toys, are all kept in a cabinet in the family room/kitchen where I can be sure they don't get spread around. I have most of those toys in bins with lids to keep the pieces together. Puzzles are also stored in there. Our games are all stored in the entertainment center that holds our TV in the living room. Toys that I rotate through are kept in the closet under the stairs.

      That was probably much more than you wanted to know. Oh, and craft supplies are in the laundry room — also in bins 🙂

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  12. sandee
    December 6, 2010

    Stuffed animals seem to be a big hit with all my kids….even with my older ones (12,11,10). They pile in their bed, they play games with them, etc.

    ANother is little men…be it wooden men, plastic playmobile kind….they just love little figures and playing with them. Last night the little people from the nativity set were playing football against the little people from the santa village set.

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    1. One Thankful Mom
      December 6, 2010

      Sandee, I love that last sentence! I saved a box of Beanie Babies that the kids like to use to play Pet Store. They also have some stuffed animals that they sleep with.

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  13. Lisa H.
    December 6, 2010

    I'd add Bananagrams to games…We love it and laugh till we hurt when we play it! We've also gotten a lot of play out of Playmobil….We bought our daughter the doll house when she was 3 as a joint gift from us and the grandparents….It's been one of our most played with toys for years…..

    Great job on the list…..You covered all of our favorites!

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    1. One Thankful Mom
      December 6, 2010

      I've never played Bananagrams! I'll head over to Amazon and take a look. I'm glad to hear another vote for Playmobil!

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      1. sheryl
        December 6, 2010

        you can play bananagrams with old scrabble tiles. Our scrabble game board fell apart a few years ago so I saved the tiles and now we play a version of bananagrams…we call it speed scrabble.

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        1. One Thankful Mom
          December 7, 2010

          I think I need to find instructions for Bananagrams. Nice to hear from you Sheryl!

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  14. Giann
    December 6, 2010

    Wow! That's quite the list!!
    I noticed that you don't have a lot of "media" toys that most kids have these days. (I like that!)
    My brother still has his John Deere tricycle—he is now 13. I loved riding it myself although, it was very hard to stop! haha
    and I LOVE Apples to Apples!

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    1. One Thankful Mom
      December 6, 2010

      I'm glad to hear your brother's John Deere trike has held up. Believe it or not, Eby's was run over by a car (we think a delivery truck) and Russ was able to pound everything back into place. It still looks pretty good too.

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  15. Jen
    December 6, 2010

    I think you mentioned just about all the toys my kids play with. I would maybe add Gears Gears Gears and Magnetix to my sons list, as he is a little engineer in the making.

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    1. One Thankful Mom
      December 6, 2010

      Jen, I spotted some Magnetix boxes on Samuel's closet shelf that I'll have to borrow for the younger kids sometime. I just looked at Gears, Gears, Gears on Amazon – very fun! I think I'll put it on my wish list.

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  16. Giann
    December 6, 2010

    Wow! When we moved about 11 years ago, we almost forgot that trike! Matter of fact, I think it was the last thing put on the truck! 🙂

    Thanks for putting together the list!

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  17. Lisa Stucky
    December 7, 2010

    While you're talking about Christmas toys… can I tell you about a GREAT Etsy shop where ALL profits go to clean water projects in West Africa. http://www.etsy.com/shop/Water4Christmas

    Also – my friend, Jody Landers – http://jodyrlanders.com/
    started a non-profit – http://theadventureproject.org/ – where they're selling COAL for Christmas … $20 will buy one Haitian family a charcol-effecient stove.

    GOOD stuff!!! Would you consider sharing these with your readers??

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    1. One Thankful Mom
      December 7, 2010

      Absolutely!

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  18. Emily
    December 7, 2010

    We have the same taste in toys! We also love zoobs & magna-tiles for building. The magna-tiles have a formidable price tag, but we have had generous grandparents give them as gifts, and my kids play with them just about every day. Definitely a favorite: http://www.amazon.com/Magna-Tiles-Translucent-Col

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  19. christine
    December 8, 2010

    Did you say musical instruments? There are many parades in our house with the instruments. I agree about playmobil and little men, little figures. Also, a doll house or barn.

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    1. One Thankful Mom
      December 8, 2010

      Christine, I'm glad you mentioned that because we also have a bin of musical toys that the kids love. Great suggestion!

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  20. charity
    December 9, 2010

    funny how similar life is in a large family, even the fun..a few things we have from wonderful grandparents that aren't on your list yet are a Plasma Car, selling for a great price at costco, which most adults can ride also, and is powered by rocking back and forth with the handles, lets the littles keep up with the bigs on bikes in the driveway, and i know they are sold, but grandma who is a whiz with a sewing machine, made a square tent that rests atop an old card table,out of sturdy material, a very portable playhouse for a young or military family, with a clothes line on one side, an apple tree with velcro felt fruit on another, a window with a flower box, and a mail pouch and flag pole. just like home!

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    1. charity
      December 9, 2010

      one thing we give often as gifts to littles is small quilts, maybe just because we have seamstresses in the family, but they become companions to play. I would also add, though harder to come by than it used to be, large rolls of newsprint, great for mural art, drawing lifesize self portraits, happy birthday banners, etc. as my girl got older, i gave them binders and supplies to make their own scrap books, or photo albums, mostly so they would be encouraged to organize and store all their special things….also for kids older than 7, we have given crochet hooks and yarn, it is easier than knitting, and they can happily stitch up scarves, or doll blankets with little supervision. living in a place that was hot, before we came to CO, we gave littles buckets and paintbrushes, they would happily paint with water anything that was outside.

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    2. One Thankful Mom
      December 9, 2010

      If only I had pavement! The PlasmaCar looks like a great toy.

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      1. charity
        December 11, 2010

        we use it in our unfinished basement and empty garage during the winter, it is small enough to put behind the last seat in the van, so it can come with us for entertainment to places we couldn't bring bikes…

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  21. AmyAJ
    December 12, 2010

    When I get to work tomorrow, I'll do my best to remember to send you my recipe for play dough. I love it! Though I love "that play doh" smell, making it is better.

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  22. lauradodson
    December 15, 2010

    In the game dept: THINKFUN Smatch, THINKFUN Zingo, for those who can spell 3 letter words, THINKFUN What's Gnu?, Curious George Discovery Beach. These games are used for our boy's speech therapy sessions, but the LOVE them anytime. We are graduating to a few other THNINKFUN games for Christmas. FYI they're the makers for Rush Hour and Rush Hour jr.

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  23. Mary
    December 19, 2010

    Our grandkids love the Thomas the Tank trains.

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  24. Sarah
    December 22, 2010

    You have all our favorites here! We have discovered the Orchard Games series from the UK. Amazing skill building games for our almost 4 year old twins. There is a grocery cart/memory game that has been played almost daily for over 3 months here. We are also starting their playmobil collection this Christmas!

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  25. Donna
    November 28, 2011

    Have you ever tried Ticket to Ride. It is by the makers of Settlers. It is our family favorite right now. Even Hannah with her learning disabilities can play with the rest of us with some help—though if she keeps winning we may quit helping her 🙂

    Thanks for the list

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  26. Scott Mitchell
    December 1, 2011

    Here is a great list of even simpler toys, irony included for free: http://www.wired.com/geekdad/2011/01/the-5-best-t

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  27. Missy Burgess
    October 7, 2016

    These ideas are helpful. We are celebrating our first Christmas with our 10 year old adopted girl. We want it to be special–but certainly cant outdo the lavish gifts she received in her last placement. They admitted later that it probably wasn’t good for her-to receive so many gifts at once. She got overwhelmed-and sometimes acted out afterwards.
    Her expectations are high- I feel the “bar” was set very high-and not realistic. We don’t want her to be disappointed, but at the same time we don’t want her overwhelmed.We plan to only put out a few gifts at a time. Any other ideas to help her not to become overstimulated and overwhelmed?

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