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I'm thinking of getting ds one for Christmas. But I'm not sure what kind to get, any ideas. I like the idea of wood, but ouch they aren't cheap. I've been looking at this one <a href="http://creativeconstructiontoys.com/blocknroll.html" target="_blank">http://creativeconstructiontoys.com/blocknroll.html</a> . But am I better off get getting the "basic" plastic one?
 

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I think it depends on how old your ds is. The wooden ones are nice, but require a higher level of coordination and patience than the average, say, 3 year old, is capable of. The fall over easily, the holes get out of alignment, etc. A 5 year old can handle it though, and will build all sorts of cool creations!<br><br>
For the younger set, wooden marble runs are nothing but frustration. I'm not a big fan of plastic, but I am going to get ds (2.5) a plastic marble run for Xmas. They are easy to put together and they stay together if bumped or knocked over.
 

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Usually I don't like plastic either. I agree with the pp about age though. Another thing to think about is if there are younger kids around who might choke on marbles. For this reason I got the discovery toys marble run thing that suctions to a wall. My older kids play with this in the tub (both while bathing and while not). That way the marbles drop into the tub at the end and I don't have to wonder if there is one lost on the carpet. HOwever, it is modular and too difficult for my 4 year old to configure. My 6 year old can get a good run created though and then they both play with it.<br><br>
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Nova Natural Toys (<a href="http://www.novanatural.com" target="_blank">www.novanatural.com</a>) has a wooden marble run that stores in its own box for $39.
 

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Thanks ds is 5 so I'm not too worried about building and dd is 3 so I'm not too worried about chocking.<br><br>
I'd like to get a nice one, but don't want to invest if it isn't worth it.
 
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