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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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How about books on tape/CD?<br><br>
My girls LOVE them---they have a lot more variety for older kids too. They have everything from Encyclopedia Brown, Sherlock Holmes, Magic Treehouse, MAgic School bus, to many many more.<br><br>
Also-- would he like the <a href="http://www.schleich-s.com/en/figurines/collectables/index.html" target="_blank">THESE SCHLEICH figures?</a> They are fantastic for imaginative play and geared toward older kids. They have all sorts of figure/houses/sets, etc. They are pricey- but well made and will last a long time.<br><br>
A subscription to National Geographic Kids/ Cricket/ or other literary magazines for kids might be a positive thing as well!
 

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Magnetic Poetry? I've seen lots of different kits including a Shakespeare kit and a Genius kit that both had lots of fun words. It looks like they also have word stamp kits.<br><br>
A journal or blank books for authoring his own books? saw a kit once where you fill out some pages and then send them off to be published as a hard back book. No idea where I saw it though.
 

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My MIL gave my dd1 (who sounds very like your ds, btw, except she likes fine motor stuff, too, and it's cats and dogs not penguins) a board game/card game called something like "The Story Game". I'm not sure if that's the right name or not. We're remodeling and our house is in a bit of dissarray, but if it sounds like something you;d be interested in I can dig it up. It never really thrilled us, but it may have been me it didn't thrill. I'm not much of a game person.
 

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<ul><li>Madlibs and crossword puzzles.</li>
<li>Playmobils.</li>
<li>A puppet theater</li>
<li>A journal and pen</li>
<li>A video camera to make movies</li>
<li>a stationary set and a pen pal</li>
<li>dress up cloths</li>
<li>a special library bag</li>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">Apples to Apples is an awesome game for very verbal kids.</div>
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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"> Personally I'd skip the Jr. version and just edit the adult one. Both of our girls love this game. Bananagrams is also fun, it's like scrabble without the board and I feel offers more freedom of play. Travels nicely too. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br><br>
What about a dictionary of etymology? Amazon has one on sale right now:<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%2FBarnhart-Concise-Dictionary-Etymology-Robert%2Fdp%2F0062700847%2Fref%3Dsr_1_1%3Fie%3DUTF8%26s%3Dbooks%26qid%3D1259630774%26sr%3D8-1" target="_blank">http://www.amazon.com/Barnhart-Conci...9630774&sr=8-1</a>
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Bananagrams is also fun, it's like scrabble without the board and I feel offers more freedom of play. Travels nicely too. <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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DS goes, well, bananas every time he sees that. So bananas that I haven't been able to really look it over. Would it work for a not terribly well organized almost 4 yo who reads at a 1st grade level?
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">DS goes, well, bananas every time he sees that. So bananas that I haven't been able to really look it over. Would it work for a not terribly well organized almost 4 yo who reads at a 1st grade level?</div>
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Both of my big boys (newly 5 and 7.5) enjoy playing with Bananagrams and making words, though not necessarily following the rules of the game. It's a bunch of Scrabble letter tiles, so the options are nearly limitless. He can make as many words as he can find; he can link them together crossword-style; do it on a timer; make the longest word he can find; spell out spelling words; etc. The pieces fit nicely in the bag so it's not hard to keep put away. I got it for MY birthday, but it's been a great addition to schooling, too! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br><br><br>
OP, there are LOTS of great ideas already! Along the lines of the "The Story Game" (and I can't remember exactly what it's called, but we have it), are games by eeBoo called <a href="http://www.eeboo.com/startpage.php?cat=290" target="_blank">Tell Me a Story Cards</a>. <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%2FTell-Me-Story-Fairy-Mix-Up%2Fdp%2FB001FYH1UC%2Fref%3Dsr_1_2%3Fie%3DUTF8%26s%3Dtoys-and-games%26qid%3D1259648493%26sr%3D8-2" target="_blank">On Amazon</a> there are several with reviews that give more info than the eeBoo site. These games are designed for play with kids and adults, with the idea of making up a story based on the cards that are dealt to you. They come with various game ideas, but I'm certain you can make up your own as you go, too. I'm getting the Write Me a Story version for my 7yo and the Tell Me a Story for my 5yo. I <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"> eeBoo and think these won't disappoint!
 

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- Chalk board mug<br>
- puppets that are more "grown-up"; hand-puppets, bicolored shadow puppets, rod puppets<br>
- tickets to performances/theater<br>
- a sound recorder<br><br>
nothing to do with language, but I do like to give children novelty pets that are low maintenance like a little shrimp aquarium, mealworms, venus flytrap etc.<br><br>
if your kid is into drawing, an illustration software that allows him to draw straight into computer documents can be quite cool and can be used for projects or book making. I'm eyeing this one:<br><a href="http://www.wacom.com/bamboo/bamboo_fun.php" target="_blank">http://www.wacom.com/bamboo/bamboo_fun.php</a><br>
Sorta part computer yet not totally. <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;">DS goes, well, bananas every time he sees that. So bananas that I haven't been able to really look it over. Would it work for a not terribly well organized almost 4 yo who reads at a 1st grade level?</div>
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I think it would. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"> It's very easily modified, our 5 year old plays. No idea what her reading level is, she's past reading Dr. Seuss fluently and I'm guessing she's first grade. We just pile the tiles and everyone sits around them and switches out tiles if they can't make a word with a specific letter. We also play cooperatively.<br><br>
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The video camera suggestion gave me another idea. What about a digital camera? I know you wanted to stay away from the computer but if he likes it so much would you be opposed to a software app for video/picture editing? He might enjoy the digital camera and some stop motion editing software for his penguins. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br><br>
FWIW the etymology book I linked too is over 10 years old if it matters.
 

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What about a membership to your local art museum? The museums near us are so full of interpretive signs and various forms of verbiage that you don't really even have to look at the art.<br><br>
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My older daughter really loves games. In addition to Scrabble and Boggle, you might check out Bananagrams and Quiddler. Games that aren't specifically word games but that dd really loves include Settlers of Catan (there's a two-person card game version that is a lot faster and simpler than the board game), Magic: The Gathering, and Set.
 

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Thanks for all the recommendations! The games look really interesting -- if I can find <a href="http://mylittleredwagon.com/toys/visual-eyes-game-p-2038.html" target="_blank">VISUAL EYES</a>. (which was recommended on my xpost in Childhood years). I think I'll get that. He's majorly into puns these days, and so I think that would really hit the spot. Dh has the same kind of quirky mind, so I think he'd be good at that. Bananagrams looks good too, so I'm glad to hear some good recommendations about that. I think that both the kids would enjoy that one.<br><br>
We've been thinking about a digital camera, but I'm not sure he'd get much use out of it quite yet. I think in a year or so, that's going to be a great gift and he can make movies.<br><br>
I had a lot of fun on the eeBoo website, but think that they're stuff might be more appropriate for our daughter. She's more into drawing and journaling kinds of things. Ds keeps most of his ideas in his head (which is why he's hard to buy for!)<br><br>
I'll save the etymology dictionary for later. He's got his own walking, talking linguist, so I get the feeling he'd rather ask me than go look it up himself right now.<br><br>
I'd love to get him interested in language learning, but so far, no go. He's got sensory issues, and I think that language lessons are a bit overwhelming, sensory-wise. Too bad, because he's got a phenomenal ear for language and music. He just refuses to participate in either!
 
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