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We're trying to come up with ideas for what the grandparents can get DS for Christmas. He'll be 2.4. He's obsessed with balls, and we were wondering about something like this:<br><a href="http://www.oompa.com/cgi-bin/item/HA1128" target="_blank">http://www.oompa.com/cgi-bin/item/HA1128</a><br><br>
Is he just way too young? Any other brands to suggest?<br><br>
thanks,<br>
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I would think he'd be too young...too many small pieces. I don't know if he's the type to watch, but I've thought about this too & decided against it for now though I love it. I think maybe for when she turns 4.<br><br>
Dd (3.5) has one of those Parents ball chutes...you line up the balls on top, hit them in with a hammer & they go down 3 ramps. She's had it since she was about 1 & still plays with it occassionally.<br><br>
I know what you mean about gp gifts though. How about a nice set of wooden blocks. They last forever & they can be used for so many different things.<br><br>
There are a few threads on good topys/gifts for toddlers here on MDC but I don't have time to search right now. Good luck!
 

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My ds loved marble runs. It is just hard for them to get everything lined up just right, so as long as you expect to play with him while he uses it and you aren't concerned about him putting the marbles in his mouth, then I think it's a great idea. If you are hoping for him to play independently, then you might try looking for one that is one piece.
 

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I would think that marble run would be too old for him. It would be frustrating to set up. When I was young my brother hand one that was all one piece. We would put the marbles in at the top and they would go down a track all the way to the bottom. It was wood. Maybe you can find something like that? My son has something made by Ryan's Room that is a similar thing, except it's colorful triangles that go down a track. I don't know what it is called though and I can't find it online. My mom got it at a swap meet.<br><br>
You could also get something like this:<br><a href="http://cgi.ebay.com/Haba-Trullala-Ball-Track-Grand-Prix_W0QQitemZ6004838121QQcategoryZ1197QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem" target="_blank">http://cgi.ebay.com/Haba-Trullala-Ba...QQcmdZViewItem</a><br><br>
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I looked around a little more. What about this? <a href="http://www.oompa.com/cgi-bin/item/HA1096" target="_blank">http://www.oompa.com/cgi-bin/item/HA1096</a><br><br>
I think that is simple enough for a 2.5 year old. You could even add to it as he gets older. I might even consider it for my 2 yr old! Thanks for the idea.<br><br>
Here's a couple more that look fun:<br><br><a href="http://www.oompa.com/cgi-bin/item/HA1149" target="_blank">http://www.oompa.com/cgi-bin/item/HA1149</a><br><br>
This is kind of like the one we had as children, but more advanced:<br>
Archimedes Marble RunToy <a href="http://www.oldfashionedblocks.com/marble_run_toys.html" target="_blank">http://www.oldfashionedblocks.com/marble_run_toys.html</a>
 

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My dd1 has a wooden one that you have to balance and build up. It's similar to the one you linked to. It does not lock into place and it's frustrating for Nitara. She will try to set a marble in and the whole thing comes tumbling down.<br><br>
I just found one that looks like <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%2Fexec%2Fobidos%2Ftg%2Fdetail%2F-%2FB00000IVUJ%2F104-7288906-0019966%3Fv%3Dglance" target="_blank">this</a> but simpler at Lakeshore Learning story for $10. They are getting it for a holiday gift. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
As far as it being an appropriate gift, I think they are great! Just supervise it, of course.<br><br>
Here are some other ones that are more for toddlers:<br><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%2Fexec%2Fobidos%2Ftg%2Fdetail%2F-%2FB00005JHWX%2Fqid%3D1129491794%2Fsr%3D1-1%2Fref%3Dsr_1_1%2F104-7288906-0019966%3Fv%3Dglance%26s%3Dimaginarium" target="_blank">http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...&s=imaginarium</a><br><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%2Fexec%2Fobidos%2Ftg%2Fdetail%2F-%2FB00007G39I%2Fqid%3D1129491794%2Fsr%3D1-6%2Fref%3Dsr_1_6%2F104-7288906-0019966%3Fv%3Dglance%26s%3Dtoys" target="_blank">http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...=glance&s=toys</a><br><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%2Fexec%2Fobidos%2Ftg%2Fdetail%2F-%2FB00000IZOU%2Fref%3Dpd_ys_pym_all_2%2F104-7288906-0019966%3F_encoding%3DUTF8%26v%3Dglance" target="_blank">http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...=UTF8&v=glance</a>
 

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My son has this one and loves it. They have many others if you search for "Haba" or "Selecta" on google they have age appropriate kugelbahnen (ball tracks).<br><br><a href="http://store.yahoo.com/kidsurplus/hab1132.html" target="_blank">http://store.yahoo.com/kidsurplus/hab1132.html</a>
 

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I like the <a href="http://www.discoverytoysinc.com/toys1b.htm" target="_blank">Castle Marbleworks play tower</a> from Discovery Toys. I only has 5 pieces, and the balls are far too big to swallow. I don't own one personally, but when my son is at the children's museum, he always heads for this toy first.<br><br>
My son is receiving Kindermusik classes from my family this Christmas. Would your child's grandparents be willing to do a class or an activity? We're trying to cut down on buying/receiving toys because they just don't get played with enough to justify the expense.
 

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Thanks for all the feedback! You guys are right -- one that can fall apart will only lead to frustration. I have this bad habit of buying things that are a little too "old" for DS, like I think he'll get more use out of them somehow.<br><br>
VeganSculptor, I love the Haba one you found on Oompa that has the plexiglass front. That's perfect, and we can add on to it later! The DT one is neat, too.<br><br>
thanks,<br>
Erin
 
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