My 3-year-old daughter's birthday is coming up and once again (looking through archives, I've asked this every year) I need toy recommendations. Grandma gave us $50 to get something for her and we are well, well under budget with our gifts too.
Please don't suggest non-play items (she has an education fund, she has savings too). I'd like toys. I feel like what we've got her already is missing the big-toy 'wow' item. We did get once on those 'step-on-the-keys' piano mats, but since it was a from a garage sale for $15, I don't feel like that counts.
She already has:
- a play kitchen (big b-day gift from last year)
- baby stroller and other baby accessories
- a coloring desk
- small synthesizer piano, drum, tambourine
- mega-blocks (doesn't really like them)
- shopping cart
- a few little alphabet computerized thingys
- lots of books, although she could always learn more
- a doctor costume
- she plays with our iPad
- broom and dustpan
- backyard slide (winter's coming, though)
We got her:
- step-on-keys piano mat
- matching game, snakes and ladders
- tiny playmobil Veterinary Clinic
- new doctor's bag because her old stethoscope broke
- I know my mom is getting a cheap baby-care station
- daddy made her a puppet theatre
Likes: dinosaurs, dancing, horses, pretending to take care of animals/people/babies
Dislikes or gets bored of easily: blocks, building stuff, spatial-type toys, puzzles, kicking/throwing balls, playing catch with anything
I would LOVE to get her a bilibo
but knowing her personality (extrovert, likes people most of all and not great with non-self-explanitory imaginative play), she won't enjoy that yet.
Wow. Writing this out, it sounds like she is spoiled and has everything. We tend to buy lots of toys used, though, and frequent garage sales, so that's how we've afforded a lot of non-birthday toys. I think birthdays should be for things you usually can't find at garage sales, though.