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Can y'all help me brainstorm gift ideas for ds who is 8? Ds is highly verbal and really into language type things and creative/dramatic play. Legos, K'nex and other building toys are a complete and total bust for him. He's not interested and he finds them frustrating because his fine motor skills suck.<br><br>
I'm having a hard time coming up with good gift ideas for us to buy him, let alone to recommend to family. He refuses to re-read books he's read once, so even buying books doesn't make much sense.<br><br>
We own both Boggle and Scrabble. He plays Bookworm Adventures Deluxe and Club Penguin on the computer. He thinks it's fun to go to Freerice.com. He's moving out of his bus obsession into...? He's spending more and more time on the computer these days and I want to get out of that habit.<br><br>
He likes to read mysteries. He spends a lot of time playing school and playing with stuffed animals (key figures are the penguin family who have quite a backstory -- they're rich, they have a chauffer (Buffie the Buffalo) and a maid (Mrs. Mousey Maid). Penguin adopted Flappy (the baby penguin) before he got married to Empie. Humboldt came along later.)<br><br>
So far, we're getting him another stuffed penguin (OK, I need that like I need another hole in the head, but there are a few kinds he doesn't have!) and some ID badge holders (if I can find the right kind) to match the kind his teacher has.<br><br>
So, my ideal gift would be something creative, language-y and needs to be played with off the computer.<br><br>
Ideas please?
 

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Would he do Playmobil?
 

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I was going to suggest the same thing.
 

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How about a puppet theater and hand puppets? Or he might like a spy/detective kit, since he likes mysteries -- secret codes and decoders, "spy glasses," flashlight, fingerprint stuff ... Alex makes a good one.<br><br><br>
I was going to suggest one of the magnetic poetry/story-building sets (they're really neat!) but getting the little magnets lined up might be challenging if he's not coordinated.
 

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What about language lessons? Spanish, French, Italian? You can find some great childrens books in different languages to add on. We are signing our 8 year old for conversational Spanish. The classes are alot of fun, lots of games, etc.
 

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Playmobil -- we have a ton and he doesn't play with them that much. I think they're too little.<br><br>
Mad Libs are a good idea. I think I'll do a few of those.<br><br>
Stuffed animals seem to be his 'puppets' and he doesn't play much with the few puppets we have.<br><br>
I'm not trying to be difficult, really! But now you see my problem in buying for this kid.
 

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I would also look into language lessons. Ask him if there are any other languages he'd like to learn and go from there.<br><br>
And for sure get him lots of Mad Libs. Those things are awesome.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I was going to suggest one of the magnetic poetry/story-building sets (they're really neat!) but getting the little magnets lined up might be challenging if he's not coordinated.</div>
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You can make your own magnetic poetry set that's whatever size you want and includes whatever words you want by printing a sheet full of words, sticking them to adhesive-backed magnetic sheeting, and cutting them out.<br><br>
If he likes stuffed animals, but not Playmobil, could it be just because he likes animal figures more than people? Playmobil does include animal figures, but they're really small and not very realistic. Maybe he'd like a bunch of nice Schleich (or similar) animals.
 

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What about a pretend teaching set?<br><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%2FPretend-and-Play-School-Set%2Fdp%2FB00021Z2FU%2Fref%3Dsr_1_1%3Fie%3DUTF8%26s%3Dtoys-and-games%26qid%3D1259629570%26sr%3D8-1" target="_blank">http://www.amazon.com/Pretend-and-Pl...9629570&sr=8-1</a><br><br>
Might be too young for him?<br><br>
ETA: There's also a snack shop:<br><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%2FLearning-Resources-Pretend-Play-Snack%2Fdp%2FB000EG6F22%2Fref%3Dpd_sim_t_11" target="_blank">http://www.amazon.com/Learning-Resou...ef=pd_sim_t_11</a>
 

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Does he like to write stories? If so what about something like this: <a href="http://www.personalizationmall.com/Write-And-Illustarte-Your-Book-for-Kids-IlluStory-i16155.item?productid=3631&storeid=25&categoryid=1257&did=13994&utm_source=pricegrabber&utm_medium=cpc" target="_blank">http://www.personalizationmall.com/W...utm_medium=cpc</a><br><br>
He could write and illustrate a story, then (if I remember right) send it off to be "published" in hard cover. Just a thought.<br><br>
Does he like costumes? My nearly 8 year old loves theatrical stuff and still loves dress up costumes.
 

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Does he like to listen to stories? My ds (9) loves stories on CD. <a href="http://www.chinaberrybooks.com" target="_blank">www.chinaberrybooks.com</a> has a great selection. Anything by Jim Weiss is a hit around here.<br>
Also costumes....his costume box is almost as big as his bed!!
 

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The crayola glow dome looks cool. <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%2FCrayola-74-7025-Glow-Dome%2Fdp%2FB00296PCBU" target="_blank">http://www.amazon.com/Crayola-74-702.../dp/B00296PCBU</a> I'm thinking of getting it for my ds because he so rarely draws or writes that I think it would be a fun way to build up that type of dexterity. It could also be a fun backdrop for imaginative play.
 

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If he loves stuffed animals, how about a gift card for Build-A-Bear?<br><br>
If he likes audiobooks and music, how about an MP3 player and a gift card for itunes or audible.com (they have a lot of books for young people)?<br><br>
Games like Apples to Apples?
 

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This has nothing to do with his verbal side, but I saw <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%2FHuffy-98148-Green-Machine-2%2Fdp%2FB000GSLRRQ%2Fref%3Dsr_1_1%3Fie%3DUTF8%26s%3Dtoys-and-games%26qid%3D1259642670%26sr%3D1-1" target="_blank">this thing</a> on amazon and wished my kids were old enough to enjoy it (so I could buy it and try it myself too!).<br><br>
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Tjej, I had one of those as a kid. Too cool!<br><br>
What about board games? My dd is the same age, and I've asked my sister (who asked for ideas) to get her Clue.<br><br>
Does he have a white board/easel?<br><br>
Maybe an older style camcorder, so he could make some movies?
 

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How about the game <a href="http://mylittleredwagon.com/toys/bananagrams-p-2061.html" target="_blank">Bananagrams</a>?<br><br>
Or <a href="http://mylittleredwagon.com/toys/quiddler-card-game-p-56.html" target="_blank">Quiddler</a>?<br><br>
One of my FAVORITE word games (because it's not just spelling out words like the first two, though I think they are fun as well) is <a href="http://mylittleredwagon.com/toys/visual-eyes-game-p-2038.html" target="_blank">VISUAL EYES</a>. THe basic idea: you roll picture dice, and then you have to combine pictures creatively to build words and phrases. I LOVE this game! Tough and fun and languagey. Forget my first two ideas and get this one! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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how about stuff like this?<br><br><a href="http://www.discoverthis.com/disgusting-science.html" target="_blank">http://www.discoverthis.com/disgusting-science.html</a><br><br>
btw our friends son is like your's. his best toy at the moment? ANOTHER stuffed sea creature. he totally loves building an aquarium with pillows and his stuffed characters.<br><br>
i know how you feel. my dd got an idog she had been wanting for quite a while. and then comes ANOTHER stuffed animal - Buck from ice age and the idog is forgotten.
 
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