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post #21 of 70
I put a lot of ideas here on this thread. Check it out.

http://www.mothering.com/discussions...d.php?t=937094
post #22 of 70
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Okay, this is my final idea, I swear --
http://www.twirlygirlshop.com/reversible_dresses

A friend of mine knows the woman who makes these and says they're absolutely gorgeous. $$$, though. You could still get some fairy wings or sparkly shoes to go with them for $100.

I'm hoping Mimi will be onboard for this for Cmas for DD!
-e
Those are so cool!

-Angela
post #23 of 70
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My 3.5 year old is nuts about photos, so we're going to get him his own digital camera for his b-day. There are some rugged, attractive kids ones out there.

He can use it everywhere--to document sand castles and shaving cream sculptures, to track the progress of his garden plot, preserve funny faces for posterity... he can just take as many as he wants and download them onto my laptop.

I also think we'll give him his own blog address (I keep a blog for him, but this will be his very own thing we work on together) and he can save his faves there. He's dying to blog like Mommy! In your situation, something like that would be a big continuing Thank You to the grandparents...
The camera is a really good idea. Have you researched and picked a good one yet? I know some are pretty crappy and some are pretty good.

hmmm... my dad would love shopping for it

-Angela
post #24 of 70
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I seriously know what you mean about the mosquitos. Same problem here. And the heat. Yikes. What about an instrument? With lessons? And YES to a camera! My kids loved those!
I'm actually tentatively planning and instrument and lessons and I'm sure they will help out (I'm going to see if my old violin teacher will take her... )

but it's a good idea... hmm...

-Angela
post #25 of 70
I would have said a bike with stabilisers, but if that's a no no, my 4 year old loves costumes to dress up in, books, aquadraw, dolls, films, paints, swing set, sandpit. I know they want to give her a big thing, but with my DD quantity is all important !!

HTH a bit !
post #26 of 70
I have a boy, but the big hits for his 4th birthday this year were his bike (though I see that's been nixed), Legos, and his Vtech digital camera. He's actually ALL OVER the Legos right now. My sister hasn't gotten him a present yet, she's waiting until they come up after the baby's born, and I told her to get him more Legos.
post #27 of 70
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I would have said a bike with stabilisers, but if that's a no no, my 4 year old loves costumes to dress up in, books, aquadraw, dolls, films, paints, swing set, sandpit. I know they want to give her a big thing, but with my DD quantity is all important !!

HTH a bit !
Yeah, quantity rocks... she won't be hurting on that level either- first grandkid

-Angela
post #28 of 70
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I have a boy, but the big hits for his 4th birthday this year were his bike (though I see that's been nixed), Legos, and his Vtech digital camera. He's actually ALL OVER the Legos right now. My sister hasn't gotten him a present yet, she's waiting until they come up after the baby's born, and I told her to get him more Legos.
Yeah, it's definitely time for legos.

-Angela
post #29 of 70
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The camera is a really good idea. Have you researched and picked a good one yet? I know some are pretty crappy and some are pretty good.

hmmm... my dad would love shopping for it

-Angela
I did some research for cameras, and found some good deals for underwater cameras (they are also shock resistant, so can take being dropped). For just a little more money, you get WAY better pictures. Or at least that's what I read.
There's only one kids camera that got decent reviews. I don't really remember what, but I think it's the kidizoom. It was $79 or so. It only got so-so reviews on picture quality. All the rest said that the picture quality was so bad that the kids didn't even like them. There was an underwater camera for $100 that got really good reviews, and has pretty good picture quality. I found it on amazon.com.
post #30 of 70
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I did some research for cameras, and found some good deals for underwater cameras (they are also shock resistant, so can take being dropped). For just a little more money, you get WAY better pictures. Or at least that's what I read.
There's only one kids camera that got decent reviews. I don't really remember what, but I think it's the kidizoom. It was $79 or so. It only got so-so reviews on picture quality. All the rest said that the picture quality was so bad that the kids didn't even like them. There was an underwater camera for $100 that got really good reviews, and has pretty good picture quality. I found it on amazon.com.
Thanks for the input! I'll start researching.

Still open to any other great ideas!

-Angela
post #31 of 70
A camera is a great idea. A definitely go for an adult one. Their are good, adult, shock resitent ones that cost $100 and probably take better pictures than the first digital camera we bought when ds was born 7 years ago!
post #32 of 70
I second (third, fourth? ) the camera idea. But don't get a kid's camera. You can get a good adult camera on sale for less than $100. Look for one with the biggest viewing screen possible -- that is what is important to most kids. DD takes her camera everywhere and loves it.

She also loves her Quadrilla marble set. She makes up her own configurations and it is fun and educational (helps with spatial perception and problem-solving).

If your parents are REALLY generous you could have them get a water/bounce house that hooks up to your hose outside so the heat wouldn't be a problem. But I don't know if the mosquitos would keep away. THey could get one for about $400 - $500 from bouncehouses. com
post #33 of 70
For the mosquitos, get a nice big stand fan and set it up in front of the water/sand table. Mosquitos aren't very good flyers and are easily blown away. I got that advice years ago on MDC.

If she likes active things, I just got my 4.5 yr old a scooter (only $26 from Target). They're very easy to get going on right away.

Maybe a mini trampoline for inside?

We have a play tent that our girls get a fair amount of use out of.

A kid's guitar is nice. Again from Target, I didn't want to spend much in case it got smashed.

Does she already have a dollhouse?

Dress-ups are a nice idea. My MIL gave DD2 the "Fancy Nancy" book and some dress-ups for her 4th b-day. It was a big hit.

We got her a bike.
post #34 of 70
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maybe the real solution is something for mosquitoes if only it was that easy...
A few bat houses?
post #35 of 70
a puppet theater!!!
post #36 of 70
What about a pet; like a pair of gerbils or a freshwater fish tank?
post #37 of 70
A huge set of Magnetiles. These are, hands down, the number one toy in our PreK classes at my school.

If she likes music what about a simple MP3 player and a set of speakers? Or a CD player she can operate herself?

A chest of dress up clothes?

If going outside isn't much of an option right now, what about something exercisey to use inside -- a minitramp?

Does she have an easel?
post #38 of 70
I was going to say bat house too

I think a freshwater fish tank would absolutely rock my kid's world.

We're looking at one of those big marble runs for ds' next bday. Like this:

http://www.growingtreetoys.com/product/6901
post #39 of 70
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I also second the Playmobil sets. I like browsing here:
http://www.utoypia.com/playmobil.php?Name=Playmobil
for them.

-e
Cool site! Are those sale prices on the Brio or is this a site that always has markdowns? I'm just wondering if I should stock up now.

OT - Has anyone heard about Brio not exporting train stuff anymore? Our local toy store ran out of stock and had to start selling Thomas and they said there was some sort of problem an no one could get a straight answer from the company.
post #40 of 70
I love this thread because I'm planning for my ds' birthday as well. So I've been thinking about all kinds of gifts, and love a lot of the ideas here. I like the idea about the fish tank, and am going to look into some of the other ideas.

I actually came back here to recommend digital camera. Now I haven't done any research, but the boy I babysit has one and it's pretty easy to operate... even has a viewfinder that's more like binoculars... or at least has two spots to look through. The LCD display doesn't show the pictures very well, but I think that's more about the viewfinder and less about the picture quality. Once they get downloaded to a computer I think it's as good quality. However, consider a child taking them doesn't necessarily have the same steadiness as an older person.
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