What about a pet; like a pair of gerbils or a freshwater fish tank?
We have 2 cats and a ferret and feel pretty full on the pet front right now, but she would LOVE something like that
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?
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:
I'm going to vote for a train set. A friend's dh just got some train stuff for their 2 and 4 year old daughters... they play with it *all* the time! My friend was pleasantly surprised, she thought it would be too "boyish" for her girls.
And that way you'll have something already up and running when your ds becomes interested in trains in about a year.
If you don't like Thomas, Brio makes a lot of nice stuff that's more affordable. But train stuff in general is kind of pricey so it's nice to have someone else pay for it.
|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.|
|A huge set of Magnetiles. These are, hands down, the number one toy in our PreK classes at my school.|
I have to say that both of my kids end up using these almost every day. My two nieces (3 and 5) looooove them too. They really seem to cross a lot of gender and interest boundaries.
Here's one link:
Not sure if you have an indoor playroom where she could use one, but I suggested a trampoline to my MIL for dd1, who will be four next month (now how did that happen?!?!). Anyway, they make some pretty nice ones with bars to hold onto for safety, etc. I think Magic Cabin has one.
Also, I was in our local toy store with dd1 and she was absolutely drooling over the Melissa and Doug wooden castle - I know you said she has a dollhouse, but this would be a little different. (I know that there are differing opinions on Melissa and Doug products, too, so not sure if this is an option for your family.)
Another thing I loved at that age was my play Winnebago. Not sure if Tonka still makes them, but boy was that fun!
One other thought - not sure if this has been suggested, but when I was little my parents found a small unfinished wood dolly cradle and my mom painted it. It was an instant heirloom and is in dd1's room now, and she loves it. Not saying to get one to paint yourselves, but I am sure wooden cradles are still around. At least I hope so!