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Ok- so I have all my childrens gifts picked out except for the 5-6 year old boys. I have two of them and I do not know what to get them. Honestly I don't know much about them. Their parents are really mainstream (which is ok), they watch a lot of inappopriate television (think children watching David spade movies). I do not know "who" they are into and am not sure I want to know. Sigh... any ideas I have seem so childish. I'm afraid they will just hate it because they are used to such grownup things. I am trying to stay within my budget so I wanted to make my own presents but I might cave in and buy these boys something. Any ideas?
 

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What price range are you looking in?
 

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I would like $10 and under, but for these boys I am willing to go for 20.
 

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My boys (ages 7 & 3) are into: anything construction-vehicle related (think metal Tonka vehicles), Hotwheels or Matchbox cars & sets, remote control vehicles, GI Joe, etc.<br>
You can't go wrong with Tonka trucks (my boys have all the vehicles, and I just bought the newest Tonka construction vehicle at Wal-Mart last week...a HUGE Yuke dumptruck with a handle) or remote control cars. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">
 

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do you think 5-6 year old boys would like capes? I though of maybe getting a silky feeling material maybe in red or royal blue?
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">do you think 5-6 year old boys would like capes? I though of maybe getting a silky feeling material maybe in red or royal blue?</div>
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Hmmm...<br>
Maybe if they're into Harry Potter or Superman or the like.<br>
Are you making something?<br>
I thought you wanted store-bought ideas. LOL!<br><br>
Anyhoo...<br>
My boys like that "Gak" slimy stuff that you can make...I'm not sure of the ingredients, though.
 

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My boys like anything playdoh related, any type of ball or outdoor sport type thing, swords, capes, cars...legos, comic books...
 

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my ds will be 5 in january <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br>
All he talks about is the Hummer Road ripper. It averages 15.99. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br>
he has also told me that he is now too big for things that he used to love...he calls them baby toys.<br>
I just broke down and gave him an early gift. i forget the exact name but its by nameco and it looks like the old atari controllers we had as kids...but his is spongebob. he wants the spiderman one as well. those were 12.77 at walmart.<br>
but he'll still take plenty of construction trucks, police care, fire trucks, etc.
 

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yes and no. my d plays with his but not as much as he used to. my 2 yr old on the other hand just loves his play scrafs
 

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I wanted ideas for either homemade or store bought presents, I guess,I did not make that clear. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">a HUGE Yuke dumptruck with a handle) or remote control cars. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"></div>
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omg i think you got the same one we did <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br>
I bought it for my youngests 2nd bday and omg do they fight over that one.<br>
but in its defense...it makes a way cool "clean up" tool <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br>
they love filling it with their toys then dumping them in the toy box
 

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Here is an idea for a gift that is fun to make - Dinosaur Eggs! Make sand clay, recipe to follow, and while it is still warm mold it around small plastic dinosaurs, creating egg shaped blobs. When it cools, this stuff is pretty hard. Package in a bag with a small hammer. The recipient then uses the hammer to 'hatch' the eggs. I have yet to meet a boy (or girl) who doesn't like to hit things and break them. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> And they will still have the dinosaurs to play with.<br><br>
Sand Clay<br><br>
1 cup sifted beach sand or sandbox sand<br>
1/2 tsp alum<br>
About 1/4 cup corn starch<br>
1 cup water<br>
Combine ingredients in an old, heavy saucepan. Stir CONSTANTLY over medium heat. When clay starts to stiffen and hold its shape a bit, remove from heat and turn onto foil until it is cool enough to work with. It cools very quickly, so you will want to mold it soon for best results.
 

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My son is 7 and really likes bionicles, they have to be put together (that is what he likes most about them, also I am making my son and my 9 yo DD a checkers set, I am quilting the squares together and getting wooden shapes from ACMoore or michaels and painting them for the pieces and I will paint a crown on one side of each so when they are kinged they can just turn them over.
 

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AJ's 5.5 and he hates most toys, but the ones he plays with every day are his cape, sword and shield, geomags (those little ball and stick magnets that you can build with, he LOVES these and you can get a nice sized set for $15-20 at Target), and his football. He just got a huge colored pencil set and he was in heaven, he LOVES to color.<br><br>
You can do kool-aid playdoh, packaged with some fun shaped cookie cutters and a small rolling pin, I've done that for gifts for AJ's friends and they've always loved it.
 

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It is kind of funny I am having trouble figuring out what to buy my OWN almost six year old son. It is a difficult age, I guess. And I know what he is into, I just don't want to buy that stuff, we have enough ; )<br><br>
So one thing I will be getting him is this Home Depot (I found it at Albertsons, but it has H.D's name on it) put-together-yourself wooden truck (they have several different things). We bought one as a birthday gift for a child in his class and my husband said it was the coolest thing he got. Everything else was just action figures and junk.<br><br>
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I so agree. My five year old wants all this transformer, spidermann, powerranger, gameboy crapola that we just don't do. Its hard, because I want him to have cool stuff that he likes, but not totally commercial either. He's still a little too young for all the really cool science stuff, and too old for all the rest.<br><br>
I did find this bug sucker upper gun last night at the educational toy store. I think it runs about 20 bucks, mayber cheaper on the mainland. Its a little vacuum shaped thingy (think small dustbuster). You can go around and suck up bugs, and then it spits them into a little jar with a magnifying glass attached to the handle. Way cool! Dh said he wants one too, :LOL.
 

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Lego kits, playmobile. crart kits like bilding a birdhouse, etc. My oldest boy is 13 and my 2nd son is 5. It could just be a thing with my family, but those boys love to do things that they have to put together.<br>
I also heard about a neat little game recently. I think it was called "Guess Who". Kind of like the "I spy with my little eye" game, except using cards.
 
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