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post #61 of 126
OK, I got the stupidest toy, and partly because I'd heard people say on here say they play it with their kids. I wanna know how!

It's Hi-Ho Cherry-O, the game created so that no one can possibly win. Unless you happen to need to hold the spinner for your dc, and hold it in just the right place, as I figured out today.
post #62 of 126
Pretty much every toy that dd got that we didn't give her was not a good fit for us (no one ever ASKS what she likes, which would be nice). She got a Zhu Zhu hamster, which I hate, but at least dd likes it and uses it creatively (she uses it as an electric nail file). The ball that grandma got for it is utter junk, though, and falls apart. She got a remote controlled truck, which may be fun in spring or summer outside but I am not letting that thing loose in my house, and I just hate battery-operated toys in general. She also got some "educational" toys, which makes me appreciate the thought BUT my child is very advanced--believe me, she knows her letters and has for years now. People get her pink princessy stuff, in spite of me telling everyone how much dd is NOT into princesses AT ALL. She gets ugly clothes that don't fit and were obviously bought on sale. And then she gets forgotten by her only aunt and uncle who NEVER send a birthday card (her b-day is right before Christmas) much less a present nor even a Christmas card or gift. Ugh. At least dd is still very young so these things don't really bother her.
post #63 of 126
Operation!

My kids already have a Shrek operation, but they got a new one for Christmas (the classic guy). One nice thing about it is that it has different levels. If you set it on level 1 it doesn't buzz as easily which is good for younger players. Level 2 buzzes more easily. BUT.... the darn thing is LOUD. It doens't have a volume control. And there are no cards with it, so you have to listen to the sound it makes and figure out which piece to pick up by the sound. It repeats the sound every 3 seconds or so until you hit the nose to indicate you are done. Then it goes to the next sound. It is maddening.

Someone bought my youngest DD a baby Elmo doll. The thing talked in very loud voice and it was as hard as a rock! I asked my oldest dd, "What do you think she (baby sister) would do with this toy?" "Probably whack someone with it!" LOL I hate to say it, but she was right, so poor Elmo went back to the store without my youngest ever setting eyes on him.

My middle dd got a fake CD player that is also extremely loud and has no volume control. There is whole lot more to the story, but let's just say I'd love to go all "Office Space" on it with a baseball bat.

Luckily my kids have enjoyed playing with the quieter toys they got!
post #64 of 126

baby alive whoopsie doo

My 6 yo got this doll from her aunt. I do not allow babies with bottles in the house. Torn on what to do. For now, I have hidden the bottle at least. I thought the ZhuZhu hamsters were a hazardous? http://www.wkbw.com/news/local/78653942.html Floam seems way too chemical for our house, what you touch enters your body... We have moonsand and she likes it a bit, I too use a broiler pan for her to play with it. We love Barbies and she got lots (like 8) of those. Most of her presents were from her aunts, they buy so much we don't buy much. The best thing was a $1.99 color by number picture of butterflies that I colored. It was at the art store and came with small colored pencils. It had typos, think that is why it was so cheap, but I did that then got a frame at the thrift store for it and wrapped that for her. She stopped opening presents and ran over and hugged me for that one. I was surprised she liked it so much. We also got her a pogo stick like she has asked for three years, but she will need a lot of time with that. I too cannot transform transformers, lol and I second that many of us do want to buy the things we wanted as children (the train set discussion) I know I want Tomco fashion plates for her soon, lol... and we love the lite brite i got at the thrift store last year. I always wanted one of those as a child too
post #65 of 126
Thread Starter 
Baby Alive is one of the few toys completely banned in our house. I had one as a kid. It was gross then, I don't see that it's improved. Blech!
post #66 of 126
I try to avoid guns with DS. I'm not crazy about it, but they irk me for various reasons. DS does have a cap gun, but it stays on the back porch and he's only allowed to play with it there. MIL's neighbor wanted to get DS a present, because she has no other kids to shop for. She's handicapped and doesn't get out of her house much or watch a lot of TV, so she's really clueless when it comes to what to buy. Girls = baby dolls and purses. Boys = guns and toy cars. Toy cars I wouldn't have complained about. But guess what DS got. A machine gun as big as he is, with a light that turns on when you fire and four different firing settings. Ugh. That thing was driving me crazy within 30 seconds. So for now, he's only allowed to play with it in his room with the door shut. Soon it will "magically" appear at Daddy's house.

That's one of the few good things about getting divorced. I have mild sensory issues and XH loves noisy toys, so all the loud, beepy, annoying stuff can head right over to Daddy's and Mommy doesn't go crazy listening to it.
post #67 of 126
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Originally Posted by Fuamami View Post
OK, I got the stupidest toy, and partly because I'd heard people say on here say they play it with their kids. I wanna know how!

It's Hi-Ho Cherry-O, the game created so that no one can possibly win. Unless you happen to need to hold the spinner for your dc, and hold it in just the right place, as I figured out today.
We figured out that if you play the cooperative version it's way more possible to win, and even if you don't win, hey, you did a puzzle! DD is excited whenever she gets to "feed" a cherry or whatever to the bird or dog, and laughs when the basket tips over. The first time we played it (ILs got it for her for xmas) I tried the regular old way and it WAS SO FRUSTRATING!
post #68 of 126
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Originally Posted by Fuamami View Post
OK, I got the stupidest toy, and partly because I'd heard people say on here say they play it with their kids. I wanna know how!

It's Hi-Ho Cherry-O, the game created so that no one can possibly win. Unless you happen to need to hold the spinner for your dc, and hold it in just the right place, as I figured out today.
Well, crud! I loved Hi-Ho Cherry-O as a kid. When I was in 1st or 2nd grade, we would all pray for indoor recess so we could play. How old is your DC? I was 7 or 8 yo when I played.
post #69 of 126
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Originally Posted by Fuamami View Post
OK, I got the stupidest toy, and partly because I'd heard people say on here say they play it with their kids. I wanna know how!

It's Hi-Ho Cherry-O, the game created so that no one can possibly win. Unless you happen to need to hold the spinner for your dc, and hold it in just the right place, as I figured out today.
Really? We've never had any trouble having a winner while playing this. I've been playing it for years with all my nanny charges.

Odd.
post #70 of 126
I generally prefer wooden toys, but we got a geo tracks train set for DD a couple years ago. DS (slightly younger) wanted a train of his own, so my IL's bought him a very nice train set. The engine smoked and everything. But he was 3, and I couldn't imagine any child under 8 playing with it independently.It was frustrating for me! So the big, *nice* train is gone... and the Geo tracks has grown into a large shared train set.
post #71 of 126
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Originally Posted by SparklingGemini View Post
Really? We've never had any trouble having a winner while playing this. I've been playing it for years with all my nanny charges.

DD2 usually wins when we play. lol My kids all enjoy it.
post #72 of 126
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Originally Posted by madskye View Post
Anyone else get Baby Alive?

It pees, poops, eats, talks, and looks like Shelly Winters.


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Originally Posted by karika View Post
and I second that many of us do want to buy the things we wanted as children (the train set discussion) I know I want Tomco fashion plates for her soon,
Wait...do they still make those? I LOVED those!

Speaking as an official child of the 80's, the original Transformers toys were MUCH easier to manipulate.

Ds didn't get much that we don't like. Though, my 4 cats are plotting against Spike Jr, the walking dinosaur.
post #73 of 126
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Originally Posted by Caneel View Post
Is it wrong of me to be happy?
No.

Nor would it be wrong of you to list something of dh's on craigslist and buy ds a new, age-appropriate toy with the proceedings.
post #74 of 126
Nothing too horrible. One battery operated truck that makes a lot of noise but that one will "lose" its batteries soon once the rest of DS's toys are dropped off at our house from being transported from the IL's. DD got a drum that talks in english and spanish, says the alphabet, etc. DS plays with it mostly and the songs are really aggravating, but I can live with it. The most irritating thing is the clothing that won't fit DS for a year, despite me asking for the size he needs now for those items.
post #75 of 126
We got a wooden doll set with little clothes for the dolls when dd was four and the feet were so big that it was impossible for her to work the clothes onto the doll without help. Then the feet fell off of all of the dolls except one foot on one doll. It is still hard to get the clothes on though because the legs are thick. That was my wooden toy experience and we have stuck with plastic since then.
post #76 of 126
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Originally Posted by KatieJD View Post
The most irritating thing is the clothing that won't fit DS for a year, despite me asking for the size he needs now for those items.
Clothes shrink, and children grow. Just throw them in the wash and give it a few months and it will all work out in the end.
post #77 of 126
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Originally Posted by eepster View Post
Clothes shrink, and children grow. Just throw them in the wash and give it a few months and it will all work out in the end.
This is the first year we got no clothes for the kids as gifts from anyone. In previous years, when I've gotten requests for gift lists, I've always asked for the next size up since I am already stocked in the current size by Christmas, and the IL's always give the current size. Then I am off driving all over to the various shops to exchange them.

We got very good toys this year, if I do say so. Not a single complaint from me and this is the first year that has happened since we had kids. That said, the worst offenders are out of jobs this year and wisely opted out of buying any gifts.
post #78 of 126
y/k this is why I am glad my family seems to have forgotten my kids have birthdays, and we don't "do" christmas.........So ALL THE GIFTS they get now are from ME AND DH. YAY!
cause I freecycled the annoying talking vacuum ds got for like his 2nd birthday I think and it basically became the centerpiece for *way too many* sibling arguments to remain in my house!

and the little police car he got um, well, the siren quit working. Sad, isn't it?

Last summer, I found a dancing Bear in the Big Blue House at a used store. It became an "outside toy" when I figured out just how LOUD the dang thing was and that it did not have a volume control! (We :heart Bear here thanks to library movie rentals!)

I just may have to check out moonsand....we'll see.
post #79 of 126
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Originally Posted by KatieJD View Post
Nothing too horrible. One battery operated truck that makes a lot of noise but that one will "lose" its batteries soon once the rest of DS's toys are dropped off at our house from being transported from the IL's. DD got a drum that talks in english and spanish, says the alphabet, etc. DS plays with it mostly and the songs are really aggravating, but I can live with it. The most irritating thing is the clothing that won't fit DS for a year, despite me asking for the size he needs now for those items.
Yes, this. We're flat broke right now and my kids needed pants and warm PJs, but everyone bought stuff waay too big and took the tags off, so they can't be exchanged.
post #80 of 126
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Originally Posted by karika View Post
My 6 yo got this doll from her aunt. I do not allow babies with bottles in the house. Torn on what to do. For now, I have hidden the bottle at least.
For DD's we found a toy sippy cup at the dollar store that fit in her mouth. Oh DARN, it doesn't hold water and make her pee.
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