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<p>looking for ideas for independent play since everything we(and the relatives)  have so far for christmas morning involves parent help (games, science kit, lego kit). We have a lot of playmobil already. Anyone have any race car track suggestions? He wants a robot-not sure where to find that. He likes dogs, robots, rockets, space shuttle, hot air balloons, building type activities with blocks etc, playmobil- not really into pirates or dinosaurs or super heros or anything scary really.</p>
 

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<p>This is not really answering your question, but I couldn't help but post to suggest <a href="http://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/150/pitchcar" target="_blank">Pitchcar</a>, when I read that you're interested in race car track suggestions. Of course it's not exactly "independent play" (though you can play it by yourself), but it's a really really great game!</p>
 

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<p>I would go for remote control car rather than racetrack, myself. Ds has this one and really likes it:</p>
<p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2Fgp%2Fproduct%2FB001UESI7M%2Fref%3Dpd_lpo_k2_dp_sr_1%3Fpf_rd_p%3D486539851%26pf_rd_s%3Dlpo-top-stripe-1%26pf_rd_t%3D201%26pf_rd_i%3DB00007JNW3%26pf_rd_m%3DATVPDKIKX0DER%26pf_rd_r%3D1HKFA6KWDFGP6YS6WHXT" rel="norewrite" target="_blank">http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001UESI7M/ref=pd_lpo_k2_dp_sr_1?pf_rd_p=486539851&pf_rd_s=lpo-top-stripe-1&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_i=B00007JNW3&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=1HKFA6KWDFGP6YS6WHXT</a></p>
 

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<p>I just got ds (5) a Hotwheels Track Pack from Toys R Us. It was the most basic matchbox type racetrack I could find that had basic tracks like my brothers used to play with. I got a couple of extra curve and intersection tracks. He's never had anything for his matchbox cars and I'm hoping it will focus the play on the track and not slamming them across my kitchen floor.</p>
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<p>He's also getting krinkle blocks or what I've seen called bristle blocks. He might be a little old for them but he loves to build and I found them as a whole set at the thrift store.</p>
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<p>He's sharing a play tunnel with his little brother. He plays with these like crazy whenever he goes to visit his cousins.</p>
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<p>I'd consider a remote control car if we had the floor space to play. But I would make sure it has good features. We got cheap Cars remote cars which were great when he was 3. But since they automatically run backwards until you push the remote forward, they are a bit boring for him now.</p>
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<p>Ds has been asking for more Legos, but we'll see if his grandparents send him Christmas money because I've topped my budget for ds this year. Does your ds need a lot of help with Legos? Ds may not always build them the way the package intended, but he comes up when some pretty creative things on his own.</p>
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<p>Toys get so darn expensive at this age don't they!</p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>LuckyMommaToo</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1279096/5year-old-boy-christmas-toy-ideas#post_16042336"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>I would go for remote control car rather than racetrack, myself. Ds has this one and really likes it:</p>
<p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2Fgp%2Fproduct%2FB001UESI7M%2Fref%3Dpd_lpo_k2_dp_sr_1%3Fpf_rd_p%3D486539851%26pf_rd_s%3Dlpo-top-stripe-1%26pf_rd_t%3D201%26pf_rd_i%3DB00007JNW3%26pf_rd_m%3DATVPDKIKX0DER%26pf_rd_r%3D1HKFA6KWDFGP6YS6WHXT" rel="norewrite" target="_blank">http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001UESI7M/ref=pd_lpo_k2_dp_sr_1?pf_rd_p=486539851&pf_rd_s=lpo-top-stripe-1&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_i=B00007JNW3&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=1HKFA6KWDFGP6YS6WHXT</a></p>
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Oh funny... I was just coming back to this thread to suggest the same thing.  I know you guys already have a bunch of Playmobil, and I was going to suggest getting one of the Playmobil vehicles that can be converted to a remote control vehicle.  My ds has the firetruck (which he loves!) and we are going to get him the conversion set for Christmas.  :)</p>
 

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<p> All my kids have loved this rocket:</p>
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<p><a href="http://www.geniusbabies.com/lift-off-rocket-international-playthings.html" target="_blank">http://www.geniusbabies.com/lift-off-rocket-international-playthings.html</a></p>
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<p>It is well made and offers a lot for creative play.  My five year old creates elaboritive stories with the astronauts visiting different planets.   My two year old just likes to make it blast off.  It is one of our most played with toys.</p>
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<p>Not a small price tag, but <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FKidKraft-Fun-Explorers-Rocket-Ship%2Fdp%2FB002MQE1SC" rel="norewrite" target="_blank">this</a> rocket looks pretty darn cool.</p>
 

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<p>how about a slotcar track? I remember them being lots of fun when I was a kid.</p>
 

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<p>My five year old does like superheroes, pirates, knights and such, but he also likes to build with blocks, make things out of clay and has an interst in science.  I got him some of these citiblocs as one of his xmas gifts.  <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FCitiBlocs-Wooden-Building-Blocks-Imagine%2Fdp%2FB0041EKTEI%2Fref%3Dsr_1_6%3Fs%3Dtoys-and-games%26ie%3DUTF8%26qid%3D1289838215%26sr%3D1-6" rel="norewrite" target="_blank">http://www.amazon.com/CitiBlocs-Wooden-Building-Blocks-Imagine/dp/B0041EKTEI/ref=sr_1_6?s=toys-and-games&ie=UTF8&qid=1289838215&sr=1-6</a></p>
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<p>They look like they'll be more fun and a bit more "grown-up" up than the blocks that we already have. </p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>pianojazzgirl</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1279096/5year-old-boy-christmas-toy-ideas#post_16043486"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border-bottom:0px solid;border-left:0px solid;border-top:0px solid;border-right:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>Not a small price tag, but <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FKidKraft-Fun-Explorers-Rocket-Ship%2Fdp%2FB002MQE1SC" rel="norewrite" target="_blank">this</a> rocket looks pretty darn cool.</p>
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That IS really cool.  My almost 5yo would flip for that.  He really wants this: <a href="http://www.google.com/products/catalog?hl=en&q=imaginext+space+shuttle+and+tower&wrapid=tljp1289861433230030&um=1&ie=UTF-8&cid=7074595716235165829&ei=P7nhTPqFMYG4sAPAwp2iCw&sa=X&oi=product_catalog_result&ct=image&resnum=3&sqi=2&ved=0CDwQ8gIwAg" target="_blank">http://www.google.com/products/catalog?hl=en&q=imaginext+space+shuttle+and+tower&wrapid=tljp1289861433230030&um=1&ie=UTF-8&cid=7074595716235165829&ei=P7nhTPqFMYG4sAPAwp2iCw&sa=X&oi=product_catalog_result&ct=image&resnum=3&sqi=2&ved=0CDwQ8gIwAg</a>#<br>
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<p>Citiblocks are awesome! We have some-I got them on clearance at our Toys R Us this summer. We have R/C cars already. LOVE that pricey Kidcraft Rocket-WISH we had enough in our budget to cover that one! NOw he REALLY WANTS a robot.....hmmmmm......I guess I had better get looking online for that one!</p>
 

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My children have loved Lincoln Logs.<br>
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I can't for the life of me think of the name of them but these little ant things that are disconnected and you put em together to make em mismatch and stuff.
 

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<p>We have a couple of the Matchbox Mega Rig sets (the Space Shuttle set and a Coast Guard set) that have been played with A LOT here.  They seem to be among the first to come out when my son has buddies over too (esp the Space Shuttle). You can sometimes find them at Costco this time of year.  They're nice little toys and the pieces are interchangeable with the other sets. </p>
 
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