Suggestons for birthday & christmas presents

Avie - posted on 10/17/2010 ( 15 moms have responded )

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My son is getting ready to turn 2 in a couple weeks and my husband and I are stumped about what to get him. He still loves to play with last year's toys, but is starting to grow out of them and we're trying to find a couple things that may be more of a challenge for him. He loves signing and matching games, coloring, dancing, throwing, catching, kicking and hitting balls (basically anything sports related). Would love to hear some different ideas.

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Katie - posted on 10/21/2010

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We are getting my daughter an activity table. There's one made by crayola thats just white on top and all crayola products just wipe off with water. Or you could see if there are any puzzles that are sports related. He would probably enjoy that as well.

Caitlin - posted on 10/18/2010

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Maybe a pack of mega blocks? My girl loves making castles and then knocking them down. We are getting her the little people farm, because she loves animals.

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Beverly - posted on 12/01/2010

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Go with all the things you just named. This is the time to keep their little brains stimulated. My son who is turned 2 on 11/5 has many interests too. Get non-toxic crayons and large sketch pads (crayola has some), an easel from Ikea (only $15) with the roll of paper and aprons to keep clothes clean while being little artists. Bubbles!!! Sand, anything to play with, sensory is excellent for them at this stage. They sell practically any miniature sports equipment anywhere, baseball T, basketball hoops, little bowling kit. Music, make your own cd for him, we download from Amazon which seems to be the only one that carries, Dora or Diego and things like that for kids. Cars, trucks. The Melissa and Doug wooden puzzles are perfect too, and don't forget books, he can never have enough. Good luck!

Tanya - posted on 11/14/2010

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Wow sounds like you have tons of options open to you. Expand his love of colouring and get finger paints or young crafts. i just get foam cut outs or sparkles from the dollar store and OH the art he creates!! My boys a baseball fan, so glove and mitt and bat, or you could get a small net and soccer ball (fisher price has a great set) OR just for just toy's r us has this fort set thing (basicly sticks and balls) that you can build a fort frame and throw bed sheets over and poof instant living room fort. At this age though, he'll probably end up playing in the boxes. Enjoy!!

Nikki - posted on 11/05/2010

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I have 3 "bigger" ideas for my son....we'll see what I actually end up with. But, he LOVES trains, so we are definitely planning to buy a Thomas "take and play" set with some extra trains.
He recently discovered the joy of tools, so we are looking at a toy tool bench. I remember a nice black and decker one being available at toys r us when my oldest was this age, but I can't find it online now. Hoping it is still in the store and available.
Also, he loves to cook when I cook, so we are considering a toy kitchen.
other smaller items that he loves: puzzles, puppets, board books, musical instruments, any type of car, and balls.

Brianne - posted on 11/03/2010

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I got my son a drum. Not just any drum though, it opens up and has a ton of musical instruments inside. I want him to get into some kind of "after school" activity when he is older so if I can influence him now with music or sports he will more likely find an interest as a teenager aside from getting into trouble, LOL. Also I have done some research and a child who is into music (like singing, band, or orchestra) excel better in school.

The toy I got him was only $20. Got it from Toys'R'Us
Brand is Bruin.

Kelsey - posted on 11/02/2010

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Kmart has a really neat toy that has a basketball hoop on one end and a slide on the other and a soccer net that you kick the ball into as well and it might be more but I can't remember but it was only like $40 i think! hope that helps :)

Jeanine - posted on 11/01/2010

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I am homeschooling my older daughter and needed activiities that were fun and learning based! We got the Melissa and Doug wooden shapes and cards with pictures that you match them on. The one that we got is a little more advanced (smaller shapes) but they also have ones that are a little simpler and have larger shapes. We also LOVE the Discovery Toys Busy Bugs...great for matching, sorting and color recognition. But her favorite toy is the cat shaped piano that we got at Target for $25. It is soooo cute and she loves it!!! Oh, and playdough is a huge hit too! :-)

Stephanie - posted on 10/30/2010

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I learned through my parenting years that some of the simplest and oldest toys around are still the best. Legos is always a great gift for children 3 and up. Simple wooden blocks are simpler and easier for those 1 to 2 or so. Some children love cars and trains around 2 or 3 years. Playdoh or simple waterbased paints and colors are also simple and all around fun toys for 1 year olds and up. Children love experimenting with marks on paper and with many types of media. Just remember, you don´t have to get fancy and expensive. The simplest things can be better than anything.

Jane - posted on 10/29/2010

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my little boy loves his wooden "Brio" train set . His cousin (now 17) had one and it lasted for years; both in terms of play value and physically as the tracks are very tough. Its also good for relatives to add to with lots of rolling stock, tracks , stations bridges etc which make the combinations more challenging as they grow.

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My daughter is really starting to have an imagination. She got a tent last year and we just put it up again because she understands that its no just to knock over now! LOL She spend a lot of time reading and playing in there. Its her own little space, Maybe he would enjoy that as well.

Beth - posted on 10/27/2010

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The cozy coupe was a big hit with my 2-year-old. It rides well on carpet too. Pay the extra $10 at Toys r us for them to put it together. I tried to do it myself and ended up taking it back for them to put it together. Also the Little People car garage.

Monique - posted on 10/23/2010

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My son also loves dancing (you would think I had him in the club) so I made him a Wish List at Toys R Us and put on CD from shows like Yo Gabba Gabba and their music videos. I love he loves to dance but when he starts repeating words from the songs on the radio makes me feel like a trashy momma. Its cute to an extent. But when my baby is saying stuff like "pour me a drink" it just sounds wrong. I also asked for toys that will enrich his learning and mainly toys that do not require batteries. They are great but I want him to do the work and not just push a button and just sit there. Also put up kids instruments like a keyboard, drums... With all the grandparents thie kid has rounded up he will prob get everything! Good luck :)

Jennifer - posted on 10/22/2010

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We just bought my son a farm animal puzzle that does the noises when you put the piece in its place. He is big into making animal noises and sound effects AND puzzles. Win win

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