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Posting this in toddlers, because I'm hoping to get him something he can continue to use into the toddler years. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
I looked at the toys at Babies R Us, and was totally uninspired by the sea of plastic. Am thinking about one of those little scooter things that they sit on and push, though. But there must be some great toys out there online that are more outside the mainstream that y'all might be able to tell me about. DS is very inquisitive and active. He likes things that are difficult to figure out, like shape sorters and stuff. And anything that might get him to move around a lot and tire him out would be great for mama! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
I saw a wooden play treehouse that he could totally grow into, but it's so expensive (and large in size) that I feel like we should wait.<br><br>
What did your guys love when they were one?
 

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We got our ds books, there are so many beautiful books out there....,<br>
Another "thing" that ds loves to this day, not really a thing but more of an interactive play/music hour are the Kindermusik classes we have been doing on a pretty regular basis. I know, not the cheapest, but he gets soo much out of them! He loves to dance, make music, play with other kids and it helps with his speech development and rhythm amongst other things. We love it!
 

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Books here too! We started the kids an amazing little library around then <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Wooden blocks are a must, but it depends if he's done w/the chewing stage
 

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We waited to get him something until recently--we knew we'd want something outdoors for summer, and he got plenty of loot on his actual bday (in Dec). We got him a water/sand play table and it's been a HUGE hit. I think he'll be using it for years to come.
 

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Big hits with my son at that age were:<br>
wooden bus with 10 peg people<br>
wire thingy with wooden beads to push along it<br>
set of blocks in a cloth drawstring bag (put them in! take them out! stack them!)<br>
largest size Legos
 

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-Books<br>
-large wooden puzzles with the pegs to hold onto. Our dd liked these long before she got the concept of putting them in their places<br>
-playsilks<br>
-a baby doll<br>
-tambourine type noise makers<br>
-wool or wood play food<br>
- shape sorter
 

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Musical toys are fun - they can blow recorders and bang on drums (most are not too loud). A nice fleecy blanket is something they will love to nest in.
 

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We got ds this <a href="http://www.target.com/gp/detail.html/sr=1-1/qid=1179185062/ref=sr_1_1/602-6195601-2035018?ie=UTF8&asin=B00009XZTK" target="_blank">"wagon"</a>for his birthday and he LOVES to push it around outside.<br><br>
My grandparents send money and we got ds this <a href="http://www.target.com/gp/detail.html/sr=1-1/qid=1179185106/ref=sr_1_1/602-6195601-2035018?ie=UTF8&asin=B000H396VY" target="_blank">play cube</a><br>
. He loves it too and I like that it is sturdy and should last us through multiple children. Both are wood and I like how colorful they are.<br><br>
Happy birthday to your dc!!
 
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