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What does my baby want for Christmas?

My baby will be almost three months old by Christmas. People want to know what he 'wants' for the holidays. We have a lot of stuff already so I'm not sure what to say. [more inside]
posted by ficbot on Nov 17, 2016 - 35 answers

Toys which lend themselves to modular acquisition

We have had some success with toys one can acquire in bits and pieces and combine to make one big bin that gets more fabulous over time. We are looking for ideas for further toys which lend themselves to such a system. [more inside]
posted by ficbot on Nov 8, 2016 - 11 answers

Is this cool? Are you a 5 year old boy?

The coolest 4 year old nephew is turning five in a few weeks. Grandma says he's into Star Wars these days, and goes everywhere with his "life saver." I'm thinking of getting him a collection of action figures like this. Would a five year old think this was cool?
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Oct 1, 2016 - 11 answers

Another toy from the 90s question!

Around 1996 I lived in a house with a bunch of other college students. We had this hilarious electronic toy that was an insult generator. It would link together a few adjectives with a noun to create insults such as: "You're like a wet, horrible fart" or "You're like a big, nasty, booger". Does this ring a bell for anyone? Naturally, twenty years later, I'd love to give it as a gift to my brother who lived in that house with me and enjoyed many laughs from this silly toy!
posted by ezrainch on Sep 30, 2016 - 3 answers

Is a toaster oven an Easy Bake oven?

My daughter came home from school the other day telling me about how her friend was given a very tiny oven, that is also "very cute" but that it can do real things like make cakes and it is for kids! I said, "Was it an Easy-bake oven?" And she looked up at me, amazed, and said, "Yes! Mama, how did you know that?!" [more inside]
posted by amanda on Sep 9, 2016 - 36 answers

Grownup camp care package

My 42 year old sister is going to camp. I want to send her a care package appropriate for a kid at camp in the 1980s. [more inside]
posted by greta simone on Aug 20, 2016 - 39 answers

My cat has a single-track mind at the moment

My tabby cat, Jacqueline, has become obsessed with a nylon cord wand toy I made; please help me. [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Aug 17, 2016 - 19 answers

fun plane surprises for my nephew!

What are some fun items I can surprise my 5.5 year old nephew with on a 6 hour plane ride? [more inside]
posted by bookworm4125 on Jul 30, 2016 - 11 answers

Goody Bag Alternatives

Hello! My baby is having a birthday party, and I noticed that most kid birthday parties include goody bag giveaways filled with all kinds of crap. I don't really want to gather a bunch of cheap things, and instead would like to give one nice gift for kids to take home. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by lirael2008 on Jul 1, 2016 - 45 answers

Computer games/apps and toys for micro engineers

My son turns 4 tomorrow. His fine motor skills are behind the curve (but within the range of normal). He loves Rube-Goldberg devices, Making Things That Do Things and sandbox worlds. His favorite toy is gravity. Please recommend me. [more inside]
posted by soren_lorensen on Jun 30, 2016 - 6 answers

Give my dog something to chew on

I have a large dog who's a powerful chewer. She's not interested in plastic/rubber bones or other toys. What can I get her that will maximize time chewing for the lowest cost, without choking/digestion issues? [more inside]
posted by deus ex machina on May 21, 2016 - 25 answers

In serach of tried and true cat toys!

My lovely cat is now an only cat. What toys does she want to keep her amused during the day when I'm at work? [more inside]
posted by bookmammal on Mar 21, 2016 - 31 answers

Toys for a five-year-old boy : road trip edition

We are moving across the country and will be driving for 7 days. We plan to give our son one "present" to open every morning, with the hope that he'll play with it that day and whine less. What are some things we can give him? [more inside]
posted by rabbitrabbit on Mar 11, 2016 - 19 answers

Seeking a duck puppet

I'm looking for a puppet of a duck, where the way it is constructed it is possible to move the duck's bill with your hand enough that you can pick something up. Help?! [more inside]
posted by aaanastasia on Feb 21, 2016 - 6 answers

I need some fun and interesting ideas for a 3-year old's bedroom!

Our son, who's 3 (I guess closer to 3.5 if that matters, has essentially been sharing a room with us, his parents, since he was born. We live in a 2-bedroom apartment, and our second bedroom has always been a combination of office, guest bedroom, and miscellaneous storage. We have on multiple occasions in the last three years needed to use the guest room for long term visits from various family members so haven't really converted it to our son's bedroom. Now we are ready to, and I'm kind of blanking on how to make the space really great for him. I'm hoping the hivemind can come through with some interesting ideas. [more inside]
posted by JenMarie on Jan 21, 2016 - 16 answers

Looking for a Play Laboratory..... Like a play kitchen, but with science

I remember seeing a blog post or article about a play laboratory or mad science set that someone made for their kid. It was a small piece of furniture with laboratory accessories and places to store them, just like a play kitchen set. It came with a lab coat and test tubes. Might have been BoingBoing, but I can't find it. Help?
posted by bq on Dec 17, 2015 - 7 answers

Help me with a Merry Christmas in Hong Kong

My nephew (who is five months old) lives in Hong Kong. I would like to purchase Christmas gifts for him online that will be locally delivered, rather than buy presents here in the US and ship them. Can I do this? What is the best website to use?
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Dec 14, 2015 - 3 answers

birthday gift for 5 year old nephew

Hi All, I would love some help with a birthday gift for my 5-year-old nephew, whose birthday is right on the heels of the holiday season! [more inside]
posted by bookworm4125 on Dec 5, 2015 - 11 answers

Gift ideas for a 4-year-old nonverbal autistic nephew?

He loves fiddling with switches, buttons, knobs, etc. and taking things apart. He also loves throwing his toys across the room, so whatever I give him should not be so hard/heavy that it breaks windows or injures people upon impact. I've already tried Legos and Lego-like building toys with no luck. Ideas?
posted by Jacqueline on Dec 3, 2015 - 22 answers

Toys for a kid who loves to build things from diagrams?

I'm looking for a gift for a 5YO who loves building things from diagrams. Snap Circuits were a huge hit. The obvious answer is LEGO, but 1) which LEGO set? and 2) what other building-from-instructions toys are out there? [more inside]
posted by pipti on Nov 22, 2015 - 12 answers

Keeping a Young Toddler Busy in the Car

Two upcoming road trips for the holidays plus one young toddler who could make it all pretty miserable. Please share any tricks for keeping the little guy busy in the car. [more inside]
posted by aabbbiee on Nov 3, 2015 - 13 answers

Where would one buy a coloring book in Manhattan?

where in lower Manhattan or possibly Midtown today can my friend find a great store with lots of coloring books and crayons and the like? [more inside]
posted by xbonesgt on Oct 21, 2015 - 8 answers

Please help me save a favorite doll in need of emergency care!

A favorite doll (Jessie the Yodeling Cowgirl, to be specific) was lost for quite some time, but newly discovered in a box out in our shed. After almost a year of being exposed to a lot of moisture, she is a moldy mess. [more inside]
posted by I_love_the_rain on Oct 10, 2015 - 7 answers

You are NOT Smurfette!

Please help me find female representation in the land of traditional boys' toys. [more inside]
posted by arrmatie on Oct 7, 2015 - 23 answers

Christmas Planning: Awesome Toys for bright 2 year old?

What's your best toy(s) recommendation for a bright 2 to 2.5 year old? [more inside]
posted by crayon on Sep 22, 2015 - 22 answers

Help me fill half a grandma box!

One of my kids is visiting family who live in a remote small village. She can't bring much because the trip is by bus and boat and foot to get there, but will bring a box on my behalf to the almost-five year old daughter of someone I briefly foster parented. What can I put in a medium box that's lightweight, durable in tough rural conditions, and wonderful for a little girl to play with? [more inside]
posted by dorothyisunderwood on Sep 12, 2015 - 20 answers

"But Wait, There's More!" Pom-Pom Toys Sold on TV

On the Qubo channel (we like "Animal Atlas"), we saw a commercial for sets of little velcro pom-pom things that kids could stick together to build various shapes (bugs, mushrooms, rockets, etc). The schtick was that you could undo them and build something new. They were called something ridiculous of course (Squishoos? Stickums?) and my Google-fu is failing me. Ring a bell with anyone?
posted by nkknkk on Sep 11, 2015 - 2 answers

Non-3D printed custom action figures?

Is there any place that sells configurable action figure parts? Like a LEGO set of He-Man parts? [more inside]
posted by ian1977 on Sep 9, 2015 - 3 answers

real things that young kids love (that are not actually toys)

My 18 month old nephew LOVES "real things" that are not toys. For older kids in my life, I LOVE buying them things like rock tumblers, microscopes, binoculars, swiss army knives (when they're old enough and with parental permission), digital cameras, or things to support their hobbies (like nice fins for snorkeling). We send them money from foreign countries just for fun (various small bills and lots of coins) and rocks and seashells. I've also had great luck with kids magazines and non-kid magazines (like Science, or National Geographic). I'm also rather good at getting experiences for kids and older teens - museum passes, or concert tickets, or a special fun restaurant where they sing, etc. But I've realized that I'd love to buy the younger set more "real things" because they seem to love them so much more than actual toys! This is roughly for ages 1-5. Would love some additional help of "real things" that toddlers and preschool kids like! [more inside]
posted by barnone on Aug 30, 2015 - 59 answers

Toy Stores

I like to visit independent toy stores when I travel. I’m looking for stores that sell “natural” toys, wooden toys, Waldorf dolls, etc. Toys made in the U.S. would be great, but not necessary. Can you recommend such a toy store on the East Coast or Midwest?
posted by Fichereader on Aug 28, 2015 - 20 answers

LA shopping/activies (specifically outdoor basketball, toys)

Where should I look for toys that I wouldn't find in toy stores outside of such a large, diverse city? I'm also interested in watching the Venice Basketball League championship game tomorrow. What do I need to know about that? [more inside]
posted by stuart_s on Aug 15, 2015 - 5 answers

How do we sort & value a construction toy collection?

How do we catalog & value a large die-cast construction toy collection for eventual sale? [more inside]
posted by Monster_Zero on Aug 10, 2015 - 5 answers

Cutting edge, professional, "thiking" fidget toys

We're trying to present ourselves as a super cutting edge team. Traditional fidget/thinking toys like Rubik's Cube, pipe cleaners, wooden blocks elasticated together, wooden puzzles, brain teasers, etc, are ALL OUT. They are sooo retro which is NOT what we're going for. I'm looking for CUTTING EDGE toys - gadgets and gizmos that team members can fiddle around with during a meeting or class, and make us look new and fresh.
posted by rebent on Aug 6, 2015 - 28 answers

What are these figurines???

I think they're Spanish, but I really have no idea. I'm looking to buy some online. Any information would be helpful. Thanks.
posted by hellbient on Jul 1, 2015 - 5 answers

Fun names for stuffed animals?

With our 6 mo daughter, we have an ever expanding universe of stuffed animals. What are some fun/interesting names that you've come up with for said animals? This is more for the amusement of weary parents than easy-to-pronounce-for-toddlers. I mean, we can do better than "bunny" and "racoonie"? My partner had an early burst of creativity with Sir Lambs-A-Lot and Harry B. Elephante, but I've got nada so far. We've got the usual coterie: owl, whale, dolphin, aforementioned racoon and rabbit, puppy, giraffe, you name it.
posted by amorphatist on Jun 12, 2015 - 40 answers

Passing down stuffed animals to your kids - yay or nay?

Husbunny has a few stuffed animals from when he was a kid, well-loved and frankly looking ratty and gross to me, but eye-of-the-beholder and all that, he intends to give them to our kids. [more inside]
posted by lizbunny on May 4, 2015 - 31 answers

Recommend a cereal dispenser / container?

I was recently awarded backpay for raises I was contractually owed, and I want to spent a portion of it on decor. I'm looking at 4 boxes of Cheerios and am slightly embarrassed -- I appear to regularly open new boxes before the unopened ones are finished. I'm thinking a cereal dispenser would help me unclutter my counterspace and reduce spoilage. Does anyone have a dispenser they really like? [more inside]
posted by pwnguin on May 3, 2015 - 4 answers

Looking for Monthly Gifts for a Precocious Three-Year-Old

My best friend (really, my sister for all intents and purposes) just had a baby. She has a 3-year-old boy who is super, super precocious (as in, "name all the parts of your mouth" elicits responses including "hard palate" and "uvula"). He's excited about having a baby sister but I know that there will be some dislocation as he adjusts. I want to do something cool for him so that he feels special in this first period of time where things are likely pretty weird. [more inside]
posted by Medieval Maven on Apr 16, 2015 - 18 answers

Cupboard of curiosities for intensive kindergartener

I want to set up a cupboard with prepared activities and toys that the adult caregivers for my youngest can use to keep her occupied while I get work done. She has the usual books, blocks, playdoh, open-ended toys and art materials, but what she wants and needs are structured activities to do with caregivers. Has anyone else had success prepping activities and resources for their childcarers to use? I'm imagining stacks of ziplocs with craft kits/toys and instruction sheets, and a binder of suggested activities, but is there another approach that would work better? [more inside]
posted by dorothyisunderwood on Apr 15, 2015 - 14 answers

I want to build up an awesome collection of 80's toys!

What are the best toys from the 80s, which can still be purchased easily? [more inside]
posted by JoannaC on Mar 27, 2015 - 21 answers

A young family in possession of a back yard must be in want of some toys

We (parents and 2 boys ages 4 and 16 months), recently relocated from an apartment with no outdoor space to a house with a backyard. A couple of months in, the joys of simply running in circles are finally wearing off. What outdoor toys/equipment can we get for the kids that will maximize everyone's fun? [more inside]
posted by The Elusive Architeuthis on Mar 23, 2015 - 37 answers

Maru and Hana are hogging all the best Cat Toys

Where can I buy the cat tower shown in these photos? [more inside]
posted by instead of three wishes on Mar 11, 2015 - 4 answers

Find me some neat tactile toys for adults

I'm looking for more 'toy' items for my home- pleasingly tactile, not messy, not obviously kidlike (no fluorescent plastic). Something that can be picked up, fiddled with, and is aesthetically attractive enough to display on my coffee table. [more inside]
posted by rachaelfaith on Mar 9, 2015 - 28 answers

Can anyone tell me what this toy/figure is from?

Asking for a co-worker. She brought in a vintage toy that is a tall, tan-colored "person" with a beak-shaped face and a bulging belly. The hands are cupped as if the character used to hold something. And the body is bobbly - think of a bobble-head doll, but instead the whole body is on springs while the legs are stationary. [more inside]
posted by tacodave on Mar 6, 2015 - 8 answers

Where in the world is a Toy Musical Instrument Museum?

Surely, somewhere in the world, there must be one. There certainly *should* be. Musical Instrument Museums abound, in many countries, and would probably be fascinating to visit. But what I really want to see (and want to see archived) is a lovingly-curated collection of TOY MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS. Does anyone know where in the world such a place might be?
posted by dorgla on Mar 4, 2015 - 2 answers

How terrible is a Furby for the parents?

Smallest child is being outright bribed into potty training, and the ultimate prize she now wants is a Furby. She has been asking for a robot of her own for a while and if it gets her out of diapers, we're thrilled. The online reviews are all super positive but don't cover my main questions, especially is there an alternative animatronic doll under $100 for a child? [more inside]
posted by viggorlijah on Jan 20, 2015 - 17 answers

Has anyone got jigsaw puzzles made in China?

Looking to start a small side business of jigsaw puzzles in themes like oriental art, miniature art etc. Need some advice on specs and navigating the Ali Baba process [more inside]
posted by epiphinite on Jan 12, 2015 - 5 answers

What's the pediatric view on electronic toys for infants?

For Christmas this year, my 7-month-old daughter received a few electronic toys that beep or bloop, light up, and move. A couple purport to have educational value, and they're all relatively annoying (to dad). What's the view of the pediatric establishment of these toys? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Jan 5, 2015 - 16 answers

Durable kids' train / activity table with storage?

I want to find my son a durable play table that he can set up his wooden railway toys on, and that we can store some of them in - do you own one you can recommend? [more inside]
posted by ryanshepard on Dec 12, 2014 - 3 answers

The best web toys

I'm looking for the best browser-based toys and/or games that encourage exploration or play without necessarily having a goal or purpose. [more inside]
posted by overeducated_alligator on Oct 21, 2014 - 8 answers

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