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 are cool and specifically American things that I can get my 3 year old niece that she will think are really great and different to what her friends have? [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]
What is the awesomest possible present for a boy turning 9? [more inside]
Recommend an airsoft rifle for my son. [more inside]
Windows has Shimeji, Linux has xpenguins ... what does Macintosh have? [more inside]
I'm looking for a shop within a mile of an East Bay or SF BART station that has a wide variety of inexpensive cute plastic monster toys. [more inside]
Calling all math lovers! Great mathematics toys/gifts for adults? [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]
Where can I donate used toys? [more inside]
Can you recommend some great educational media for my nearly two year old daughter? I am looking for good DVD's, computer / iPhone software, or websites that I can load up for 30-60 minutes a day. I would like something she can learn from, but if she is having fun, that is cool as well. Right now she is a Dora and Diego addict. I just got her a few LeapFrog preschool DVD's that she loves. She can sing her ABC's and can count to 10 in English and Spanish. She is just starting to be able to answer "How does the letter A, B, C, etc. go?' She knows how to flip pages and push buttons on the iPhone. Are there any computer learning games that a two year old could handle. Flash games? iPhone games? Answers to this question do not involve telling me to take my daughter outside. I am familiar with the debunking of Baby Einstein. I would just like to find some good stuff for her to watch, play or interact with. General toy recommendations are good as well.
Can you identify these 90s cartoon cats from Happy Meals or some other restaurant prizes? [more inside]
I want to give my boyfriend a throwback to his childhood for his birthday. Any cool toys you can think of that would make it the perfect day? [more inside]
Seen some delightful, charming wooden toys? I want to make some... [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]
What should I do with all my old Star Wars toys? [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]
Can you help me find this toy for an radio theater play? In NYC? [more inside]
What are some things that I can do to entertain visitors to my home after one of our first dates? [more inside]
When someone says 'you know, like those revolving toy planes', what are they referring to? [more inside]
Help me solve a minor conundrum. Gay man here, had lots and lots of sexual encounters over the course of 14ish years. And in all that time, I've had exactly one guy pull a sex toy on me to use in the bedroom. (I was 18, it was a butt plug bigger than a raccoon's head, and yeah was never gonna happen). So just who is using all the sex toys? [more inside]
What are some fun (inside) games to play with a toddler? I love my 13 monther dearly but the recent snow and cold weather in the Northeast has forced us to stay inside where it's tougher to keep her entertained. [more inside]
Anyone familiar with G.I. Joe Battleship (toy from the 80's)? In need of some clarification, please. [more inside]
Scooters, skateboards, tricycles... what else could we be playing with? [more inside]
What is a good wood to use in making alphabet blocks? [more inside]
Help me help my daughter appreciate what she has instead of wanting more, more, more. [more inside]
Singing Christmas squirrels toy - what's the name of the song?
I've got a ~1 year old baby that seems to really like music, especially hip hop and electronic type beats, and I'm wondering if there exists any cool and relatively "babyproof" music gear? [more inside]
My daughter would love a toy like the Fischer Price tape recorder from my childhood. A simple sturdy mp3 recorder with a microphone that can be operated by a small child. Does that perfect gift exist? My google skills turn op nothing.
What cool tech toy should I buy? My family isn't doing presents this year. Given that, I'm taking the money I would have spent on them (or rather, them on me), and buying myself something fun. Trouble is, I can't figure out what that fun should be... [more inside]
Toys for the snow, besides sleds and snowball makers? [more inside]
What to gift an 11 year old boy with too much stuff? [more inside]
What is a fun, active, motion toy for an adult? I want to get my (adult) cousin something she can play with/on. She likes surfing, skateboarding, and all related feats. Any ideas of an interesting, active type of thing like that? Bonus points if it's unusual...or unusually fun.
Name-that-toy filter. Difficulty : probably sold in the 60s or 70s in the UK... [more inside]
Where can I find a soap bubble blowing pipe that looks like a realistic wooden smoking pipe? [more inside]
What kind of small toys or devices click when you rotate them forwards and backwards? Seeking mechanism or design... [more inside]
Where can I find bags of various sizes that: are spherical or ball-shaped when full of stuff are made of durable outdoor-hardy material and close with velcro or a drawstring or some other kid-safe closure mechanism Bonus: Bags of other useful shapes like kid furniture, that can be filled and closed You see, I want to make balls out of trash... [more inside]
Google-Fu fail. I had a toy in the mid 70's that I can best describe as a hydraulic-watermill-waterpump-erector-set. It allowed you to connect a series of clear tubes, mills, and various other pieces to create a crazy pump station that ran water up, down and across the tubes, mills. etc. It could grow to several feet high. If I remember correctly, there may have been an electric pump that drove it all. I may be mistaken. The toy may have been a lot older as I used it at my grandparents house. It was basically like one of those electronic kits where you could perform experiments but this used water, and it was awesome. Help me find this toy!
I'm trying to find this outdoor game I played back in the 70's. Basically, the game consisted of 2 ropes with handles and a swimming pool float. The float would zip back and forth when a player spread his arms quickly to "shoot" the float back to the other player. Can't remember the name of the game or where to buy it today.
Where can I buy a stuffed onager toy? [more inside]
What are some wonderful things I can buy subscriptions to, other than magazines and newspapers? [more inside]
My wife is going mad looking for BPA-free teething toys for our 5-month old. Can you point me to web sites (or other resources) that might help us find such toys? [more inside]
It's small, it's interesting, I WANT TO PUT IT IN MY MOUTH: suggest everyday objects or materials that will amuse and delight a six-month-old baby? [more inside]
Can you recommend any feminist princess dolls I can buy for my 6-year-old goddaughter? I don't mind getting her princesses, but they have to be awesome princesses who really are heroes in their own right! Mulan is the best of the Disney princesses, IMO, but I don't really want to give Disney my money. So far all I've thought of are Wonder Woman and She-Ra (not that I can find affordable She-Ra dolls nowadays anyway), but I worry that they won't seem 'princessy' enough for my goddaughter to really appreciate and love them. Lots of pink and fancy clothing is fine, but I want to show her princesses who save the prince (or don't need one, or ditch him for another princess, or whatever) and kick ass on their own. Any suggestions?
What is this type of toy called (and where can I buy one)? [more inside]
Should I dump my old toys, or give them to my toddler to play with? [more inside]