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3 of the best toys for 8-12 month old?

post #1 of 11
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As a child in the foster care system, dfs (foster-to-adopt hopefully) will receive 3 gifts during the holiday season as a part of a program that supports foster parents in caring for their kids. It's an opt-out program as long as the child celebrates Hanukkah, Christmas, or Kwanza, so we don't even have to sign dfs up.

That's really nice because it will help us a lot, and if he's (G-d forbid!) not still with us, it means that he'll have something lined up for him in his new home. (It's always hard when a kid moves in with you near a holiday or around their birthday because if you don't know them it is pretty difficult to figure out good gifts-- we've had that happen to us with one of our kidos who celebrated Easter, and another one of our kids celebrated Christmas and moved from our home not long before Christmas.)

I've just received a questionaire asking for a wish list of 3 items for dfs. They need it to be completed and returned right away. It can't include diapers, furniture, or bedding. He loves books, but they ask about books on another part of the questionaire, so they might send some with the other gifts. Plus, we are a reading family and have a lot already. I think he has enough clothing through the first year. So, I'm thinking we'll put down a few toys. They'll make an effort to get all the items on the wishlist, but likely won't be able to get items that aren't available locally (as in, things they'd have to order online or from a catalog). I don't know what price range the items are supposed to be in, but I won't ask for anything outrageous.

What would you put down?

dfs will be eight months old during the holidays, and it would be nice if the toys could be "hits" until he is a year or a little older.
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I love those Peek a Blocks by Fisher Price. DD loves her piano keyboard, it's a real one that my husband bought a while back, but she's been able to play on it since she was little. She loves pressing all the buttons, and how she can get it to play music, etc. Perhaps you could ask for a cheaper keyboard, and then that toy could really grow with the child. DD loves her puppets, she just thinks it's so neat that they can move around and open their mouths, etc. She's slightly interested in the Fisher Price stacker that lights up and plays music (it's in their "Dance Baby Dance" series). Other than that, most of her toys are random things we bought at church sales, and she loves to play with everyday things more than her toys.
post #4 of 11
How about a wooden easel? He's a little young for it now, but will grow into it for years to come.

My DD absolutely loves hers, as do all of her friends. That and the learning tower are two of the best gifts we've purchased.
post #5 of 11
I agree with the keyboard idea, DS has always loved his since he was about 4 mos. - he's almost 3 now.

They sell little indoor slides made of heavy duty plastic, I think Little Tykes makes it. They are only about $35, and they fold up so you can stash them away. I would get something like this for my DCs if we had the room.

We got DS some big Legos for his 1st b-day - not Duplos, though those would be good too - they were basically oversized Legos, smaller than Duplos. He still plays with them a lot. Or, you know those soft foam blocks, like they often have at libraries, etc.? DS has always liked those.

Maybe you could get them to spring for a train table, or maybe some train table components, and you could build the actual table?
post #6 of 11
What's a learning tower please? I'm interested.

For ds' first birthday I think we are going to give him a sandbox. But I guess in WA it will be too cold for one.

Sorry, not much help. Right now ds wants to play with stuff around the house.
post #7 of 11
I second (or third ) the keyboard and the Little Tykes slide, both are great for this age and keeping little ones busy when is not so nice outside. My DD was 8 mos at christmas and really got a lot out of the slide as she was learing to walk and pull up. DS really likes the keyboard and will play it, chew on it and roll arowund with it all the time. Also a xylophone (sp?) is a great, but noisy gift at this age and wooden blocks are alway good!

I need to start my list too
post #8 of 11
Thread Starter 
Wow! These are wondeful suggestions. I never would have thought of all these great things. Thank you so much!
post #9 of 11
Hi there,
Here's a description of a learning tower. It is the best----so educational and allows the child to be at eye level in the kitchen and a part of what's going on. DD loves hers and is so content being at eye level. She'll often busy herself cutting up her wooden vegetables while I'm preparing a meal.

http://www.heirloomwoodentoys.com/product/G97270SPEC

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Originally Posted by archaeomom
What's a learning tower please? I'm interested.

For ds' first birthday I think we are going to give him a sandbox. But I guess in WA it will be too cold for one.

Sorry, not much help. Right now ds wants to play with stuff around the house.
post #10 of 11
a) Lego Duplos (the BIGGEST box please!) My DS could take apart and re-connect these at 12 months. Great ammusement for a car trip.
b) Brio Train set .... hours of amusement, will last for years. Can be used for your grandchildren!
c) More Brios. I have a one-track mind :-)
post #11 of 11
a waldorf/cloth doll
peek a blocks
a slide or climbing toy
puzzles
wooden blocks
baby lego - used to be called primo, don't know if it still is
lawnmower or other push toy
riding toys

the learning tower is awesome if you can beg for it - they can also climb on it, use it as a fort, etc. It is a little old for him right now though...
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