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Toys that go beep in the day

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]
posted by ThaBombShelterSmith on Mar 3, 2014 - 7 answers

That Obscure Object of Desire, you know, for kids.

What is the best special toy or activity to keep at my house to occupy or entertain my friends' little kids when they visit? [more inside]
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur on Feb 13, 2014 - 61 answers

Toys of color

So this post and all of its links sent me on a huge links chain, and I'm disturbed that I never really thought about it that much. Except it's highly likely that my future kid is going to need this consideration and now I feel overwhelmed. [more inside]
posted by DisreputableDog on Jan 30, 2014 - 19 answers

Good train set for a 5-yr old?

Thanks for any advance help here, but want a train set that you can control via some type of remote instead of letting the train run after you turn it on. Thoughts?
posted by skepticallypleased on Dec 15, 2013 - 5 answers

[Santa Filter] Help me find this super-generic toy

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?
posted by hanov3r on Dec 7, 2013 - 4 answers

Projects/Activities for 3-year-olds

I've recently come to the conclusion that I need to spend more time with my 3.5-year-old boy/girl twins, and looking for some structured activities/things to do to help drive it and get them excited, as they generally prefer my wife over me... [more inside]
posted by um_maverick on Oct 28, 2013 - 30 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

Non-Toy Toys for Toddlers

For kids under the age of three, what household objects have been the most entertaining for your kids? I'm looking for household objects that your kid discovered and ended up being a cherished play item, not things bought in a toy store (e.g. buckets, bags, boxes, dead remotes, phones, etc.)? No electronics please.
posted by benzenedream on Feb 14, 2013 - 70 answers

Help me play tourist in NYC

Assume for a moment that you're a five year old boy. What kind of tourist tchotchke from New York City would you want? [more inside]
posted by dfriedman on Dec 25, 2012 - 25 answers

Help me plan ahead for anonymous holiday gifts

I know I'm a chronically early planner, but bear with me. I have two questions about the upcoming holidays: 1) Organizations similar to this one that sends shoe boxes of toys to needy children. 2) Random acts of anonymous kindess but AT WORK. More details inside: [more inside]
posted by librarianamy on Nov 3, 2011 - 8 answers

Kids like flat stuff, right?

What flat things can I send my sponsored child? [more inside]
posted by metajc on Oct 9, 2011 - 23 answers

Entertaining Kids

What are some inexpensive ways to entertain grade school-aged kids? [more inside]
posted by Fairchild on Mar 13, 2011 - 14 answers

How do I keep a 5 year old and a 2 year old entertained?

I am babysitting a 5-yr-old girl and her 3-yr-old brother for two hours indoors this Friday. What can I bring to keep them entertained? [more inside]
posted by pinksoftsoap on Jan 4, 2011 - 30 answers

What were the earliest TV shows based on a toy?

What were the earliest TV shows based on a toy? [more inside]
posted by pete_22 on Jan 3, 2011 - 9 answers

Educational Media

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.
posted by jasondigitized on Aug 2, 2010 - 24 answers

Is there decent music gear for kids?

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]
posted by ejoey on Dec 22, 2009 - 12 answers

Mp3 recorder for kids

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.
posted by FidelDonson on Dec 17, 2009 - 4 answers

what can a toddler play with in the snow?

Toys for the snow, besides sleds and snowball makers? [more inside]
posted by raztaj on Dec 11, 2009 - 10 answers

Uncle Scrooge presents

What to gift an 11 year old boy with too much stuff? [more inside]
posted by Secret Life of Gravy on Dec 9, 2009 - 43 answers

Where can I find this thespian-themed game?

Does anyone know what this game/toy was that I used to play with? I thought it was called "Let's Put On a Show" but now I can't find it. [more inside]
posted by peanut_mcgillicuty on Jul 27, 2009 - 3 answers

Do they make kids handheld movie projector toys anymore?

Do they make kids handheld movie projector toys anymore? [more inside]
posted by jeremias on Jul 20, 2009 - 6 answers

Take our toys, please

My school-aged children received some money for the holidays and decided to buy toys for needy kids instead of spending it on themselves. I took them shopping yesterday and, all told, they've got about $300 in toys to donate in addition to what I'm also kicking in. Now, what are we going to do with this stuff? [more inside]
posted by _Mona_ on Dec 23, 2008 - 11 answers

"Naughty" kids' toys

Kids' toys that can be seen in a "naughty" light... help me think of some! [more inside]
posted by curagea on Dec 1, 2008 - 26 answers

How can I find a gift for my young nephew that my older nephew won't want?

Please help me find a gift toy for my one-year-old nephew. I want to find something that will interest him, but that his 3 and a half-year-old brother (a toy hoarder) will find totally uninteresting. [more inside]
posted by OlivesAndTurkishCoffee on Nov 1, 2008 - 9 answers

Looking for an infant doll that fits newborn baby clothes for my preschooler.

My 3-year-old is getting into dressing her Little Mommy doll. I've been using her old newborn clothes, but the dolls are too small. (And the stuffed animals are the wrong shape.) Can you recommend a doll that can wear the newborn clothes? [more inside]
posted by mausburger on Sep 27, 2008 - 7 answers

Playtime!

For a museum interactive, I need to choose popular kids' items of today related to the following categories: Book, item related to school, doll or figure, indoor game, and outdoor game. Your suggestions? [more inside]
posted by Miko on Jun 21, 2007 - 14 answers

Japanese stuff that American kids like

Calling all kids and kids at heart... what kind of souvenir would you want from Japan? [more inside]
posted by QueSeraSera on Jun 27, 2006 - 42 answers

Don't play with that, that's not a toy...

Parents - suggest developmental toys for an active 1-year-old? [more inside]
posted by nanojath on Sep 9, 2005 - 10 answers

What's up with kids toy packaging

Lately, if you open a packaged kids toy, you're faced with the daunting task of unwrapping and untangling the toy from its own packaging. This is a daunting real task when faced with a kid who simply wants to play. Why all the wires? [more inside]
posted by dhacker on Mar 21, 2005 - 10 answers

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