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Now that the kids have had a chance to play with some of their toys, I figured parents would have had the chance to determine which toys were unsafe, totally lame or just not worth the hype. This actually was brought on by our dd opening the Glitter Lava they got and attempting to play with this gooey stuff. It's AWFUL. It's a complete MESS. It does NOT wash away! Ugh! I'm cringing thinking I may be unclogging the bathroom drain at some point in the future from the bits of it that escaped down there.

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Mousetrap and Rumble in the Jungle (similar type of game). It is almost impossible to get them set up so they work properly and there are so many small parts that are impossible to get back in the box so you can close the box. My DD finally pitched her Mousetrap game last summer after realizing that half the pieces are broken, etc. Unfortunately we still have Rumble in the Jungle. Maybe some pieces will get "accidentally" stepped on soon....

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!
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floam and moonsand. what a big disaster. floam is just colored balls of Styrofoam and glue. it has the consistency of warm rice crispy treats and the colors get mixed up far to easily. moonsand gets ALL OVER THE PLACE its literally like dumping a pile of sand on your kitchen counter, it doesnt stay together and I still have it stuck between my toes. great games though dont break the ice (DS loves it) but the biggest hit was the tee pee dh and i made them. yay christmas!

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I disagree with pomplemoose 100%...I guess it depends on the kid. My child has been playing with the floam for hours. And the moon sand is a total godsend. He plays with that for hours too. It is totally worth the sweeping I have to do later. (we use a giant roasting pan for the moonsand, and put it on the table, and he just plays and plays...). But that goes with my son's personality. He has ALWAYS loved materials he can manipulate, such as a pan of rice, or flour, or papier mache, or moonsand, modeling clay, sculpey, model magic....so when I saw the floam I said ee hah. And it was great. He, too, noticed that the colors stick together. But then he unstuck them.

totally depends on the kid's personality, I guess
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It seems like a lot of people have said to leave any moon sand outside since it is so messy.

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LOL yeah my mom got MoonSand for the kids a couple years ago at which point I informed her that was a toy for her house. She has since banned it. The kids love it mind you, but the cleanup just isn't worth it for a lot of us! ROFLOL other than the Mousetrap game (I loved that as a kid, but yeah, it was a pain to set up!), are you noticing a theme here? I guess Play-doh still rules the roost on that kind of toy!
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Now that the kids have had a chance to play with some of their toys, I figured parents would have had the chance to determine which toys were unsafe, totally lame or just not worth the hype. This actually was brought on by our dd opening the Glitter Lava they got and attempting to play with this gooey stuff. It's AWFUL. It's a complete MESS. It does NOT wash away! Ugh! I'm cringing thinking I may be unclogging the bathroom drain at some point in the future from the bits of it that escaped down there.

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Could not dissagree more!!!!!!! Jordan's GL hand made pictures are stunning! We followed the directions for drying time, and everything worked perfectly. My sliding doors are covered with her artwork.

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Could not dissagree more!!!!!!! Jordan's GL hand made pictures are stunning! We followed the directions for drying time, and everything worked perfectly. My sliding doors are covered with her artwork.
How was she able to work with it and more importantly - how were you able to get it off her hands (and everything else)??
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Little car that has a battery in it to make it go- it goes until it runs into something and then sits there with the wheel spinning making noise. So anoying.
My new step-grandpa got it for him, it was his only new toy with a battery! Luckally I assigned him to entertain Levi while he played with it, once he goes home the battery is comming out.
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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.

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How was she able to work with it and more importantly - how were you able to get it off her hands (and everything else)??
Strange. It never stuck to stuff. It was like a clay that spread really easily. It only stuck to the Plexiglas and came right off after it dried just like it was supposed to. It was awesome. Then her designs went right on the window.

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Strange. It never stuck to stuff. It was like a clay that spread really easily. It only stuck to the Plexiglas and came right off after it dried just like it was supposed to. It was awesome. Then her designs went right on the window.
That was NOT like the stuff that we got! Our's is the consistency of slime, very, very, very gooey and stringy and slimy. You literally cannot do anything with it other than look at your covered hands and go "Eww". 6 jars like that. Ick.
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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.
Same here. I use an old Rubbermaid under bed bin and the Moon Sand stays in there. You really need a big container to control the mess.

But if you eat floam, the little balls will look exactly the same when they are in a child's diaper.
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That was NOT like the stuff that we got! Our's is the consistency of slime, very, very, very gooey and stringy and slimy. You literally cannot do anything with it other than look at your covered hands and go "Eww". 6 jars like that. Ick.
Oh, ick!!!!!!!!!!! Ours was not like that at all. Did you get the desk?

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My brother bought his girls moonsand a few years ago, and left it outside "by mistake" and threw it away while they were asleep. when they remembered he told them the racoons took it because they didnt have any toys to play with. ever since they've left toys out for the racoons because they felt bad for them. precious! but that stuff is AWFUL!

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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?

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Nothing, so far. I find Moonsand a PITA to clean up, but the kids love it so much that it's worth it - sometimes. It's not something I let them play with every day, but we get it out sometimes.

This year, the kids did well. DD1 got two Barbies and a Bratz doll, but I'm okay with it. She really, really, really wanted Ballerina Barbie (dd1 is in ballet right now), so ds1 got two of them for her. My brother and SIL got her another Bratz doll. I don't like it, but for various reasons, that's just not a fight I'm going to have.

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Oh, ick!!!!!!!!!!! Ours was not like that at all. Did you get the desk?
We just got 2 of the 3 packs. Of course DS thinks it's "totally awesome!" DD and mom, not so impressed!
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Barbie dolls. I just hate them
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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.
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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.

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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.
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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.

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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.

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

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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.)
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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.
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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.
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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.

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