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post #21 of 89
Interesting how many plastic mainstream toys are on the list, and how many expensive, lovely wooden ones fall to the wayside

Here are the high-traffic toys, in no particular order:

DDs, 5 and 3:

Legos
Little Pony and all the related playsets (something about miniature things...)
Barbies and accessories/clothes
Dress up stuff
Leapsters
Foam building blocks
Mini trampoline
K'Nex (the kids' ones..the monster set)
Dollhouse with doll furniture
Flashlights
Laptop and kid websites (PBS kids, NickJr., Treehouse, etc.)
Any bag that can hold a whack of random toys
Board games
post #22 of 89
K is 3y10m and has really in the last couple of months just started playing independently. So some things we've had for a while and he really just started playing with and others he has played with for a while.

*Little People, various pieces
*Cars
*Imaginext-rocket ship is big right now, various other pieces.
*Wooden blocks...still not as much as I had hoped for.
*Big Legos
*Kinex-very old set that was my brother's.
*Play Dough, sometimes this keeps his attention for a long time, other times not. Not regularly played with.
*Kitchen food...but not the kitchen .
*Looking at books by himself.
Oh and almost forgot...
*TRAINS-we have Thomas and GeoTrax-currently the favorite. But he doesn't play with these independently. Something about putting the tracks together, just doesn't have the patience I don't think.
*Riding his trike through the house.

Also likes his bicycle, car and other outside things for outside.
post #23 of 89
Kids are really different. I'm not sure I see the toys my son is less fond of as "waste" exactly - it's part of him developing his own tastes and preferences.

Anyways the things that my son plays with mostly every day are:
Thomas set (has been true since he was 2)
Lego/Duplo
Playmobil
Cars of any kind
Any adult thing

Less used, but loved:
Little People
Plan Dollhouse
Playdough
Sand toys, outdoor toys
Dress up

The less loved toys are:
Wooden blocks (not yet anyway; I keep hoping)
Puzzles (he does them once, then is done. Forever, apparently.)
post #24 of 89
DS (almost 7):

Books
Recipe deck
Kids size cooking utensils
Drawing supplies
Paints
Wii
Playmobil
Barbie and Disney Princess/Prince dolls
American Girl doll
Dress up clothes (mostly from Sarah's Silks because that's what I sell)
Chalkboard
T-Rex stuffed animal
Corgi stuffed animal
Handwriting Flashchart
post #25 of 89
Playmobil and plastic animals are the hands-down winners with my kids. Barbies and certain stuffed animals get used quite a bit, too. (But most of the stuffed animals spend most of their time just taking up space.) Dress-up clothes are also very popular.
post #26 of 89
7-year-old DS:

Books
Pokemon
Spy Gear
Dress-up
anything that could be considered a "weapon"
Bakugan (sometimes)
Gormitis
Art Supplies of any kind
Legos
Kid K'nex
Stuffed Animals
in general he is into more "active" play, so whatever he is playing with gets incorporated in a physical way, if that makes sense.
When he was younger, plastic dinosaurs (he was obsessed with dinosaurs) and he also went through a planet hero phase

5-year-old DS:

Legos (#1 thing, every day play)
K'nex
Kid K'nex
Any conceivable kind of building toy
When he was younger, wooden blocks
building Forts from household items (hmm I'm sensing a theme here)
Spy stuff
dress up
Bakugan
Science kits (had the wizard one and loved it)

2-year-old DS:

Mostly follows me around and likes to clean
books! (when I put him in his room for his nap and he doesn't sleep the books are all over the floor from him looking at them and the toys mostly ignored)
cars
toy animals
stuffed animals
little people farm
trains, a bit
balls
Wooden castle with knights
Anything to do with Elmo
Anything he can climb
post #27 of 89
DD's younger - 18 months. So far she loves:

Picture books (The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Peepo etc - she's really into studying the pictures right now)
A bouncy ball
A doll, occasionally
Playdough

She doesn't like stuffed toys or her nice wooden blocks - I'm hoping she eventually develops a taste for the latter! She also likes playing on my keyboard (as in piano, not computer). Most of her other entertainment comes from making mischief - emptying books out of the bookshelf, clothes out of drawers, kitchen implements out of cupboards. Sigh.
post #28 of 89
Dylan, age 11: Legos including Bionocles; L5R (Legend of the 5 Rings) collectible card game; chess; games on the computer. He is also getting into cooking and has always been interested in history and the History Channel. Still enjoys dressing up in historical costumes--viking, Roman Senator, Renaissance, knights, WWII soldier Samurai.
post #29 of 89
DS 5
hotwheels
Playmobil
resin dinosaurs and animals
flashlight
bug cup
wooden sword/shield/ knight cape
swing

What he never paid much attention to (and it made me sad)
wooden blocks handmade by a dear friend
Brio trainset
Kitchen
Legos


Go figure.
post #30 of 89
You know what? I think I am not getting expensive wooden blocks for Xmas. That is what I want them to play with. I think we will be getting more legos and maybe a nintendo DS.
post #31 of 89
We had a lot of kids over from the neighborhood this summer, ages 7-9, and they played the most with:

Stuffed animals
Dress up stuff - not just clothes but accessories - "IDs" on lanyards, hats, badges, bags, etc.
Toy kitchen
Play food
Playmobil dollhouse
Trucks
Tree swing
Wooden train tracks
Marble runs

Our tracks have been put away for awhile, but they are really popular among kids of different ages (boys and girls). The key for us is that they have ROOM to spread them out (they go all around the main floor of the house). We also have high quality tracks (thanks Godparents) and they stay together pretty well. My kids were about 4-5 before they could put them together.
post #32 of 89
Trains and books. That's pretty much it. He may pick up another toy here and there, but they don't really ever get played with.
post #33 of 89
Quote:
Originally Posted by Girlprof View Post
You know what? I think I am not getting expensive wooden blocks for Xmas. That is what I want them to play with. I think we will be getting more legos and maybe a nintendo DS.
I know...crazy, huh. When DD1 was born, I researched the heck out of every toy (um, micromanage much? ) and went for lots of uber-expensive wooden toys, and stuff I thought they'd like because, you know, it increased gross motor skills and hand-eye coordination and pattern recognition...

Blah..

I'll give some credit to multinational toy corps...they do their homework. Focus groups, focus groups, focus groups. Maybe, in the end, the reason the toys are so successful is not all about the spin-off cartoons and related acessories...but maybe the stuff's actually FUN!?!?

post #34 of 89
My son is 2.5 years old. He plays with his wooden kitchen the most, cars (wooden and matchbox) second, and his wooden animals and people, his rocking horse, a banana box which is his "work truck" and his play silks and dolls some too. And blocks and legos and instruments and his trains. He's an equal opportunity player, but his kitchen definitely sees the most use.
post #35 of 89
DD will be five in December. Some of her favorite playthings:

-dress-up clothes of all kinds
-dress-up accessories (magic wands, doctor kit etc)
-dolls
-stuffed animals
-play dough and tools
-all craft supplies
-board games (especially Hi Ho Cherry O and Hungry, Hungry Hippos)
-wooden building blocks and ABC blocks
-Playmobil
-dollhouse people/Calico Critters/Schleich figures
-playsilks
-play kitchen and accessories (especially tea set)

Stuff that failed, imo (though she does play with all of these, on occasion):

-most puzzles
-train tracks/trains
-doll stroller
-toy vacuum cleaner
post #36 of 89
Quote:
Originally Posted by GuildJenn View Post
Any adult thing
That made me laugh because its true at our house too! (I'm assuming by "adult thing" you mean regular household items that aren't toys and not . . . ahem, "adult" things )


At our house the most-used toys are:

wooden blocks
playsilks
hotwheels
dollhouse
art supplies
post #37 of 89
DD (4)
75% of the time is either drawing or painting, gluing & cutting. So...pens/pencils, markers, any kind of paint, tape, glue and scissors.
We got a bucket full of scissors that make different edges and she loves those.

-books
-dolls and doll clothes
-dress up clothes (like old Halloween costumes)
receiving blankets she wraps them around everything and wears them
puzzles
-her treasure box. This has tons of little things like rocks, beads, feathers, necklaces, shells and any kind of glittery ribbon pieces or decorations that she finds.
-play kitchen
-leapster

not really played with or much less:
-shopping cart
-stroller
-dollhouse
-blocks
-cars and trucks
-instruments
-magnadoodle
post #38 of 89
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mom2M View Post
DD (4)

not really played with or much less:
-shopping cart
-stroller
-dollhouse
-blocks
-cars and trucks
-instruments
-magnadoodle

OMG I can't believe that your magnadoodle is a flop. We have had ours for a couple years and it is RIDICULOUS how much one toy can cause all the kids to scream and fight over it. It is used every single day over and over and over. I even bought mini versions for the car and every car ride when I bring them out they freak like they have never seen a magnadoodle before. LOL! So interesting to read everyone's lists to see how different our kiddos are!!!
post #39 of 89
Quote:
Originally Posted by Cascadian View Post
I know...crazy, huh. When DD1 was born, I researched the heck out of every toy (um, micromanage much? ) and went for lots of uber-expensive wooden toys, and stuff I thought they'd like because, you know, it increased gross motor skills and hand-eye coordination and pattern recognition...

Blah..

I'll give some credit to multinational toy corps...they do their homework. Focus groups, focus groups, focus groups. Maybe, in the end, the reason the toys are so successful is not all about the spin-off cartoons and related acessories...but maybe the stuff's actually FUN!?!?

So true, at least for the stuff that's been around for a while--Legos, Matchbox cars, Barbie. Then again, these are the types of toys that have causes spin-off cartoons, not the other way around. Legos were around for a lot longer than Lego Star Wars and same with the Barbie dolls and all those movies they make now.
post #40 of 89
Mine are 15, 6, 5 and 5. As well I have daycare kids, 3, 2, 2 and 2.
This is what I've discovered

Things we didn't like, didn't use, or absolutely hated : )

Any plastic toy with a predetermined outcome. Fisher Price makes lots of these, I've only ever bought one thing (the Dance Dance Monkey thing) it was a dust collector. But we've recieved tons of it as gifts or hand me downs. The FP garage became a step stool, the farm a storage box for the billion plastic animals and people, you get the idea...

Talking dolls. To me, there's something wierd about a company programming a doll to say the phrases that were most likely the most suggested in a focus group. It's unimaginative and unoriginal. What's wrong with the child making up his/her own sayings and voices?

Train table. Once the pieces were glued down, it was a bit better, but overall, it was just a surface to put junk.

Noisy toys. Like singing Leapfrog toys. (shudder)

Plastic play kitchen and plastic play food. They never even touched it.
Same goes for the plastic workbench.

Learning games (like the smarttouch, or leapster...) it held their interest for a very brief moment, but were mainly a source of frusteration and quickly went away.


Stuff we loved....And still do!

Wooden blocks (alphabet blocks, homemade 2x4 ends, any kind of wooden block!)

Wooden animals and shoeboxes.

Fisher Price Happy Apple (Old) as well as the xylophone, castle, telephone and school bus (old ones, 70's era again)

Simple ride on toys.

Gears, Waffle blocks, K'nex, Tinkertoys, and dinky cars.

Books, art supplies, modeling clay, dollar store learning and activity books and stickers.

Beanbags.

Wooden doll furniture and basic baby dolls , Waldorf dolls, and tons of old doll clothes.

Dress up trunk.

Castles and knightes.

Pirate ship.

Real tools.

Tree fort and swings (hung from trees) Fishing rods, kites, scooters, bikes, old surfboard, boogie boards, balls, skateboards, rowboats and dinghies. Sticks, rocks, pinecones, sand, stream, woods....

Knitting and sewing.

Old maps, old cameras, old cell phones, old winches and block and tackles, rope...

My daycare kids are really into filling plastic yogurt containers with anything they can find (gravel, sticks, dry macaroni, etc.) and dumping it out. Over and over : )
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