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post #21 of 126
Transformers. "Mom I need help transforming this!" "I don't know how to do it either baby." "But MOM, you HAVE to, I CAN'T!" "I'm not lying kiddo, I really don't know how" *child throws himself on the floor and proceeds to cry hysterically*

Luckily I found that out months ago and he didn't receive and transformers from me for xmas (his dad got him some but they stay at HIS house).

And I'm not lying. I really can't figure out those freaking things.
post #22 of 126
A remote control car for my 22 month old. Loud, pink, plastic, and while it only has two buttons on the remote, it's still a little much.

Watching her stand there with the remote and tell the car "go in kitchen, car!" is pretty priceless, however.
post #23 of 126
Moonsand can go to hell as far as I'm concerned. I was secretly thrilled when the kids left it out on the deck in the rain.

And Zhu zhu pets. Irritating and will be forgotten in about 3 days.
post #24 of 126
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Originally Posted by SunshineJ View Post
We just got 2 of the 3 packs. Of course DS thinks it's "totally awesome!" DD and mom, not so impressed!
Try putting it in the fridge first. I was thinking about this last night, and we had really good results with it, lol. It came after Jordan got home from school and was waiting for us on the front steps. so I actually decided to give it to the girls early. The lava was so thick, I had to leave it near the pellet stove for a couple of hours to get it to soften up a bit. I bet if you put it in the fridge, you woud be able to use it with out it getting all over the place. Luckily, Jordan doesn't want to mold it because I have a feeling that it's still going to go through that gloopy phase. She wants to draw on it, let it harden, and then stick it on glass.

Can I ask you where you got your colors? We can only find them on Amazon, and they are pretty expensive. I am thinking of making a trip to Michael's, but with three kiddos and snowy weather (and it's a loooooong trip), I am a tad hesitant.
post #25 of 126
So far, so good. I already confiscated the Avon bath body paints because I felt they had too many irritant and eye warnings on them for something that should be used in the bath. Also, I imagined my bathtub being stained different colors.
He got a magnet game that seems fun, except it's for 8+ and he's 5 and he can't manipulate it.

Do you kids still play Lite Brite?? Is that a good toy.

May moonsand never enter my home.
post #26 of 126
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Originally Posted by Hoopin' Mama View Post
Do you kids still play Lite Brite?? Is that a good toy.

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Tyr loves his LiteBrite! (he's 3) I loved mine for years as a kid.
post #27 of 126
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Originally Posted by bandgeek View Post
Transformers. "Mom I need help transforming this!" "I don't know how to do it either baby." "But MOM, you HAVE to, I CAN'T!" "I'm not lying kiddo, I really don't know how" *child throws himself on the floor and proceeds to cry hysterically*

Luckily I found that out months ago and he didn't receive and transformers from me for xmas (his dad got him some but they stay at HIS house).

And I'm not lying. I really can't figure out those freaking things.
Too funny! I remember my DS had a Transformer and I was sitting at the library trying to transform it. I finally figured it out and I got all excited. I'm sure the other parents there thought I was crazy.

The thing I don't get about Transformers is they seem to be super popular with preschoolers. Why don't they make easy to transform ones? (Although maybe they do, DS doesn't seem to like them anymore so I haven't looked at them recently.)
post #28 of 126
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And Zhu zhu pets. Irritating and will be forgotten in about 3 days.
We love the hamsters here! DD wraps hers up in a blanket and carries it around half the time. I kinda think they're cute

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Can I ask you where you got your colors? We can only find them on Amazon, and they are pretty expensive. I am thinking of making a trip to Michael's, but with three kiddos and snowy weather (and it's a loooooong trip), I am a tad hesitant.
I found 3 pks of it at Walmart. Runs about $8 each, not cheap, but they have it by the PlayDoh section.

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Do you kids still play Lite Brite?? Is that a good toy.

May moonsand never enter my home.
DD is 5 and has one of the flat travel light brites. She's just now getting to where she can play with it (the tray for the pegs is hard to flip. My half brother and his wife gave it to her when she was THREE! Their son turns 3 next year, wanna guess what he's getting for Christmas? ) DS is 7 and has been asking for one recently. I have my old box one that works great so I'm going to dig it out for him.
post #29 of 126
I gave my kids Zhu Zhu pets on Christmas Eve. They LOVE them. One is missing and they are heartbrokenly trying to find it under furniture. We don't have the tunnels or anything but the hamsters are adorable.
post #30 of 126
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Too funny! I remember my DS had a Transformer and I was sitting at the library trying to transform it. I finally figured it out and I got all excited. I'm sure the other parents there thought I was crazy.

The thing I don't get about Transformers is they seem to be super popular with preschoolers. Why don't they make easy to transform ones? (Although maybe they do, DS doesn't seem to like them anymore so I haven't looked at them recently.)
Transformers come in different skill levels and they come with instructions.

However, in my house, DH is in charge of Transformers.
post #31 of 126
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Originally Posted by Caneel View Post
DH and I had the same conversation over and over and over again. No, I don't think an electric train set is a good idea.

Why? Because our DS is not developmentally ready to play with it.

So what, why can't I get him one? Because I don't want to deal with the frustration, crying and breakage, that is way.

What does DH go out and buy? The smallest, most fragile, most breakable electric train set and track ever manufactured.

After 15+ hours of continous screams of "mommy, fix my trains!!!!" DS finally broke a tiny piece off the track and it is totally broken.

Is it wrong of me to be happy?
We got DS1 his first train set when he was 2.5. We got the wooden kind. It's the kind that fits with the Thomas stuff, same size etc, but not as expensive-- we got the generic kind from Target and IKEA. It's great! Nothing has ever broken, and he and now his little brother, also, love playing with it!
post #32 of 126
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I gave my kids Zhu Zhu pets on Christmas Eve. They LOVE them. One is missing and they are heartbrokenly trying to find it under furniture. We don't have the tunnels or anything but the hamsters are adorable.
I wish my daughter had a longer memory. Did they find it yet?

I must say though the Zhu zhu pet beats the hell out of the real hamster we used to have, which died in the fall. I'm not sorry to see her gone
post #33 of 126
I always look out for safe toys that do not mess up later.. I don't have problem with the toys..
post #34 of 126
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Originally Posted by bandgeek View Post
Transformers. "Mom I need help transforming this!" "I don't know how to do it either baby." "But MOM, you HAVE to, I CAN'T!" "I'm not lying kiddo, I really don't know how" *child throws himself on the floor and proceeds to cry hysterically*

Luckily I found that out months ago and he didn't receive and transformers from me for xmas (his dad got him some but they stay at HIS house).

And I'm not lying. I really can't figure out those freaking things.
My son is over transformers now (thank goodness) but a few years ago I played stupid. My motto was "Mommy does not know how to transform them - ask Daddy!"

I have to say all of the toys we got this year have been wonderful! He got magic and spy kits that have a zillion tiny pieces, but he's been pretty good about keeping up with them. We just have to use them on a table so the dog does not run off with and chew pieces.
post #35 of 126
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Also, Shoots and Ladders, just because I hate it when I get all the way to the top and hit one of those long shoots and go back to the beginning!
I hate that damn game. First of all the board is too "busy", too many designs, too many chances to "lose". HATE IT. I donated ours, but really felt I should throw it away and save some other poor mom the trouble.

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LOL...I totally disagree with moonsand. We just keep it in a long flat tote and use it on the kitchen floor. I love it and bought the kids another 8 bowls of it for Christmas. LOL!!

Now, pixos, I hate. My 6 year old was so looking forward to them and they don't work well at all for us.
I had fun with the Pixos, damn shame the kids couldn't do them!

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Originally Posted by Polliwog View Post
I gave my kids Zhu Zhu pets on Christmas Eve. They LOVE them. One is missing and they are heartbrokenly trying to find it under furniture. We don't have the tunnels or anything but the hamsters are adorable.
Dd loves her hamster. Our new puppy however, likes the hamster wayyyy more. She attacks that little thing every time it hits the ground.
post #36 of 126
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Originally Posted by bandgeek View Post
Transformers. "Mom I need help transforming this!" "I don't know how to do it either baby." "But MOM, you HAVE to, I CAN'T!" "I'm not lying kiddo, I really don't know how" *child throws himself on the floor and proceeds to cry hysterically*

Luckily I found that out months ago and he didn't receive and transformers from me for xmas (his dad got him some but they stay at HIS house).

And I'm not lying. I really can't figure out those freaking things.

I feel your pain, insert craptastic trains for transformers and you have my Christmas Day.

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Originally Posted by LionTigerBear View Post
We got DS1 his first train set when he was 2.5. We got the wooden kind. It's the kind that fits with the Thomas stuff, same size etc, but not as expensive-- we got the generic kind from Target and IKEA. It's great! Nothing has ever broken, and he and now his little brother, also, love playing with it!
And this is what is so frustrating about the "Train Thing" with DH. DS has been into his wooden trains since at least 2 yo. Loves them, can set up all sorts of scenarios, plays creatively and so on.

I kept saying to DH over and over, "lets get him more track, set up the track around the tree and get him a battery Thomas or whatever so he can use his track, his trains and he can play with it" I have no problem with DS crawling around under the tree.

But no, DH had to bring home that Nightmare in a Box. He kept blaming the frustration in the brand, that if he only would have gotten the Lionel train he (readH) wanted, there wouldn't have been any problems.

This is all total b.s. because the size of the train was the problem, it was simply too small with too many tiny wheels on tiny axles. If I breathed wrong, it slipped off the track.

At one point, I just put my head down on the floor to gather my patience and DS said "mommy, don't be sad, I will be good with my trains" It was heartbreaking because he wasn't doing anything wrong, he wanted to play with the trains like his wooden ones.
post #37 of 126
Rocky the Robot Truck

I'm really hoping this thing breaks soon! It's loud and incredibly irritating. My 4yo has already lost interest in it, and my 2yo is beginning to lose interest. No redeeming value to this thing whatsoever.

Elmo Live Encore

Also loud and irritating! My kids weren't impressed at all. It seems to be designed to appeal to adults more than little kids.

This was, apparently, the Christmas of Loud Annoying Junky Robotic Toys at our house. As far as the other toys mentioned -

Moon Sand - 4yo adores it, will sit and play with it for hours without making too much of a mess. Unfortunately little brother is also fascinated with it, but prefers to dump fistfulls of the stuff on the floor and track it through the rest of the house. So Moon Sand has been retired here.

Chutes and Ladders - wtf? Why is this a classic kids' game? The board is so poorly designed. Even I forget which way to go sometimes (left or right) if I'm not paying attention to the numbers, the chutes and ladders aren't really clearly defined, and I need to direct DS way too much when we play. I heart Candyland, though.

Transformers - I can't figure them out either. That's strictly a Daddy thing now; they're like Rubik's cubes to me.
post #38 of 126
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Barbie dolls. I just hate them
Me too.


DD received a black scratch pad where you scrape of the black part and the color comes through.

Cool idea but TOTALLY messy. I'm not into it. I'd much rather give her a pad of paper and a handful of crayons and let her have at it.
post #39 of 126
I think I can donate my Chutes and Ladders now and not feel guilty about it. Ds won't miss it, I don't think.

I never had it as a child but always knew about it. Brilliant move on my Mom's part.
post #40 of 126
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Originally Posted by Caneel View Post
DH and I had the same conversation over and over and over again. No, I don't think an electric train set is a good idea.

Why? Because our DS is not developmentally ready to play with it.

So what, why can't I get him one? Because I don't want to deal with the frustration, crying and breakage, that is way.

What does DH go out and buy? The smallest, most fragile, most breakable electric train set and track ever manufactured.

After 15+ hours of continous screams of "mommy, fix my trains!!!!" DS finally broke a tiny piece off the track and it is totally broken.

Is it wrong of me to be happy?
This back and forth conversation sounds so familar. DH wants to buy toys that HE wants himself, reliving his childhood, I guess. If it's electronic, loud, with bells and whistles and lights and movement all the better.

He thinks anything that isn't (any simple toy or Waldorf style) is crap and boring. He doesn't really get the whole imagination building aspect of play.
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