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?
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]
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]
What's your best toy(s) recommendation for a bright 2 to 2.5 year old? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
When we were in London we saw a fun craft-toy called Sticker Scratcherz at both Hamleys and Harrods. We figured we'd find something like it elsewhere as well, but haven't had any luck, so I'm hoping maybe a mefite knows of something else like this. Preferably, it would be not as expensive, for a bit less content (if it were half price for half the amount of stickers it would make a great casual gift). [more inside]
Is this miniature baby bedroom set the appropriate scale for this miniature dollhouse? Will this miniature car fit into that miniature garage?
Our 18 month old son loves things that beep and we'd love for him to play with things that are much less expensive than our $100 dollar Harmony Remote. [more inside]
Any ideas on making discovery fun for a princess obsessed 5 year old girl? [more inside]
My toddler loves watching train videos on YouTube, and this morning we ran across this one, featuring a kid playing with his new toy train, purchased in "Chinatown". Toddler has now expressed a deep desire to have Santa leave one of those under the tree. I *think* I've IDed that train as the Kids Athority High-Speed Train Set, but no one on the Internet seems to sell it. So, I turn to you, my friends in the green - any thoughts on how someone who's not really near any random Chinatown might acquire one of these in time to have Santa drop it off?
We are making a rare trip to IKEA tomorrow in part to get a table and chairs for our one-year old. What are other IKEA items that we should look at for him? [more inside]
I would like to purchase the singing plush bunny shown in this video. I can't find it anywhere. Can you help me find it?
I want to make a floating castle for my kids to play with in the bath. How can I do this? [more inside]
Talking Tina, how do you talk? I'm watching the Twilight Zone marathon with Talking Tina. Given the technology available in 1963, how would such a toy work? The general talking part, not the evil inanimate object part.
Please help to give me ideas for safe Christmas ornaments/baby toys to hang on a tree for a 15 month old, that (individually) aren't too expensive. [more inside]
Halloween treats to delight all ages! What would your child want to get from trick or treating? [more inside]
What are your favorite public transportation/travel gifts for toddlers available in the U.S.? [more inside]
Did GI Joe fight for other countries? [more inside]
Help me find a cool birthday gift for a boy who likes to bounce. [more inside]
Where online can I find cheap (or free, that's always good!) 80s and 90s Barbie shoes and accessories, aside from eBay and Etsy? Copious amounts of linked examples inside. Someone please please help me out here! And any Barbie collectors who wanna chime in are definitely welcome! [more inside]
What do you do with sex toys that you no longer want? [more inside]
Please help me, I'm overwhelmed with stuff. I have way too much stuff in general and I'm making a real effort to get rid of as much as possible. I did a massive storage closet clean out over the weekend and I discovered that my mom set aside five large boxes of things from my childhood for me. What should I keep? [more inside]
There are approximately one billion models of light saber toys out there. I'm looking at reviews, but it occurs to me maybe someone here has a great rec for a sturdy, non-lame light saber toy. [more inside]
My Daughter and her amazing 2 children live with me. Granddaughter is two, Grandson is 9 months. Both of them have amazing personalities, they certainly won't grow up unable to express their needs or desires. Long story short they are very intelligent, curious busy children who require a great deal of attention and activity. We are searching for age appropriate, safe, stimulating activities that will enrich their lives while also giving them structure. They are both bright, determined, expressive children who exceed the expected development of other children their age. (I'm not tooting my Grandma horn, they really are quite unique and motivated at a very young age) So anyone else out there with children like this, I would love suggestions, activities, movies, books, toys etc. that would keep them busy, happy and challenged!
Please help me to remember the name of a favourite art toy from the Seventies [more inside]
Help us meet our new kitten's playtime needs! [more inside]
Identify this toy dinosaur? (yes, really.) [more inside]
WoodenToyTrainFilter: What is the difference between all the different brands of wooden toy trains? Are some significantly higher quality than others? [more inside]
I found some lovely wooden toys at Goodwill last week. Please help me identify them. [more inside]
How do I open this %$&@! car toy? [more inside]
Help me find this toy I had when I was a kid. [more inside]
How much are these original Star Wars figures worth? [more inside]
Looking for puzzles to exercise my brain! [more inside]
What is the hot new Bionicle/Lego/Star Wars-y toy this year? [more inside]
Chrismahannukwanzaafilter: My sister has yet to send a real wishlist for my nieces, and the naughty uncle, Mister Fabulous, wants to make her pay in sanity! What is the most annoying toy for this holiday season? [more inside]
What is the awesomest possible present for a boy turning 9? [more inside]
Windows has Shimeji, Linux has xpenguins ... what does Macintosh have? [more inside]
Last minute gifts for a squirrel lover in Philadelphia? Pretty much anything squirrel-inspired and under $25 will do. Toys, stuffed animals, kitschy figurines (including ashtrays, paperweights, nutcrackers, etc.) are all great. [more inside]
Can you identify these 90s cartoon cats from Happy Meals or some other restaurant prizes? [more inside]
What toy am I describing? It's got modular components with enclosed, moving parts. (Maybe you'd call it a game or a kit.) [more inside]
I'm trying to find a particular solar-powered toy/gadget, which I saw a few years ago. It consisted of four very light blades within a glass bulb, spinning under the pressure of the sun on one side. [more inside]
I have this Toy Story talking Woody doll from around 1998 or 1999. For the last ten years, I haven't been able to figure out one of the phrases he says when you push the button on his chest. Help me figure it out! [more inside]
What is are THE cool things (movies, toys, whatnot) with elementary-school-age kids these days? [more inside]
I am wondering what series or cartoon these plastic robot toys come from. They were bought to me when I was a child (that's the eighties). [more inside]
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