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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

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

Sticker Scratcherz alternatives

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]
posted by blub on Aug 6, 2014 - 3 answers

What are the best IKEA products for ages one to three?

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]
posted by Xalf on Apr 27, 2013 - 26 answers

Easter has passed, but I'm still dreaming of a singing plush rabbit

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?
posted by alms on Apr 1, 2013 - 2 answers

Cat toys that work for hours?

What is a cat toy / thing i can make that will keep my cat exercising all day at home? [more inside]
posted by JJkiss on Nov 12, 2012 - 32 answers

CatFilter: Help me figure out what this cat toy is so I can buy another.

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]
posted by loudguitars on Aug 26, 2011 - 19 answers

Who made these cool wood toys?

I found some lovely wooden toys at Goodwill last week. Please help me identify them. [more inside]
posted by bq on May 13, 2011 - 17 answers

Does this calendar still exist and where can I find it?

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]
posted by Tin Man on Jan 31, 2011 - 2 answers

Delicious Homecooked Toys

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]
posted by grar on Nov 3, 2010 - 4 answers

Where can I find a soap bubble blowing pipe that looks like a realistic wooden smoking pipe?

Where can I find a soap bubble blowing pipe that looks like a realistic wooden smoking pipe? [more inside]
posted by leptin on Nov 23, 2009 - 1 answer

Is it possible to tune this toy guitar?

Are Hearthsong's "Play & Learn" kids' guitars tunable? [more inside]
posted by TheManChild2000 on Aug 20, 2009 - 2 answers

Seeking Brio Toy Collector Site

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.
posted by anastasiav on Oct 26, 2008 - 1 answer

Not so itsy bitsy.

Where (online) can I find a toy camel spider or something that looks remotely similar? [more inside]
posted by thisisnotkatrina on Jun 28, 2008 - 6 answers

What can my dog chew on?

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]
posted by YoungAmerican on Jan 7, 2008 - 29 answers

A ring for my Betty Jo Bialaski

Where to buy a "two bit ring from a cracker jack box" in Chicago? [more inside]
posted by Xalf on Jul 12, 2006 - 13 answers

Slot cars for a 5 year old.

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.
posted by donpardo on Dec 8, 2005 - 14 answers

How do I make a doll to a somersault over a trapeze?

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]
posted by Izzmeister on Dec 5, 2005 - 6 answers

What's this toy.

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]
posted by 445supermag on Oct 21, 2005 - 2 answers

What was this toy wand from the 80s?

Help me remember and/or locate a semi-obscure toy from the 1980s! [I'm nosier, Ed] [more inside]
posted by Dr. Wu on Dec 23, 2004 - 14 answers

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