What's your best toy(s) recommendation for a bright 2 to 2.5 year old? [more inside]
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]
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?
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]
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?
What is a cat toy / thing i can make that will keep my cat exercising all day at home? [more inside]
Mom bought me a totally awesome cat toy that my cat loves. Of course, I am a doofus who stepped on it while I was moving and now it's broken, and I can't figure out where to buy another. It's manufactured by Hartz, but my usual Google-Fu is failing me. [more inside]
I found some lovely wooden toys at Goodwill last week. Please help me identify them. [more inside]
I'm trying to find an unusual four-season calendar kit I had as a kid that included stick-on Colorform-like transparencies. [more inside]
Can I craft homemade toys out of casein? If not, what should I use? If so, how can I finish them so that they'll last? [more inside]
Where can I find a soap bubble blowing pipe that looks like a realistic wooden smoking pipe? [more inside]
Are Hearthsong's "Play & Learn" kids' guitars tunable? [more inside]
Can anyone recommend a Brio Toy collector website that has complete set lists? (I'm basically looking for a site like This Old Toy but for Brio trains.
Where (online) can I find a toy camel spider or something that looks remotely similar? [more inside]
Chewfilter: My dog, a year-old or so terrier mix, loves to chew rawhide bones. Seriously LOVES to chew them. But she goes through them fast enough that I worry about it. What can I get her instead? [more inside]
Where to buy a "two bit ring from a cracker jack box" in Chicago? [more inside]
While on a factfinding mission to a toy store, my 5 year old son had to be dragged away from the demo slot cars. Does anybody have any recommendations on purchasing a track for a young child? I don't want him (or me) to be frustrated with constantly having to put the car back on the track.
I am trying to buy or make a "trapeze artist", a stuffed animal or doll that does trapezes, like they have on the ceiling in stew Leonards. can anyone tell me how to make one or where to buy one? [more inside]
Can anyone indentify this toy (or toy parts)? I found it in a box of matchbox style cars that I bought at a yardsale. [more inside]
Help me remember and/or locate a semi-obscure toy from the 1980s! [I'm nosier, Ed] [more inside]