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Durable kids' train / activity table with storage?

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]
posted by ryanshepard on Dec 12, 2014 - 3 answers

The best web toys

I'm looking for the best browser-based toys and/or games that encourage exploration or play without necessarily having a goal or purpose. [more inside]
posted by overeducated_alligator on Oct 21, 2014 - 8 answers

Has anyone else heard of lower-case "g" gumbies?

When I was a child in the late 70's, I remember these tiny, usually pink bendy toys we called "gumbies." [more inside]
posted by 41swans on Oct 6, 2014 - 6 answers

Active toys for my two year-old

What toys can you recommend for a two and half year-old kid that needs to develop a bunch of skills? [more inside]
posted by CrazyLemonade on Sep 23, 2014 - 27 answers

Modern Japanese design shops & studios

My wife and I are visiting Japan soon and would like to visit interesting shops or design studios that specialise in uncommon and/or beautiful products, specifically for homewares, textiles and children’s toys and decor. We’re interested in contemporary design and want to get a feel for the modern Japanese aesthetic. [more inside]
posted by timshel on Sep 9, 2014 - 11 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

Help me clean my cuddly friend, please!

I have a huge plush turtle I like to cuddle when I sleep. I think I should probably clean that turtle once in a while, but how do you wash a stuffed animal? [more inside]
posted by LoonyLovegood on Jun 26, 2014 - 20 answers

This is not my miniature life! Please help me visualize these dimensions

Is this miniature baby bedroom set the appropriate scale for this miniature dollhouse? Will this miniature car fit into that miniature garage?
posted by calcetinporfavor on May 14, 2014 - 9 answers

How to teach an old baby new tricks

Our 11 month old kid loves to be helpful and tries to copy whatever we do. Unfortunately, he's about a year or two or three away from having the physical ability to do so. So what simple things can we teach him that would be sort of helpful in doing everyday things, or at least wouldn't break stuff or actively hinder us? [more inside]
posted by gakiko on Mar 13, 2014 - 23 answers

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

Toys for a string-obsessed cat

My cat Hopper is obsessed with chewing on string, dental floss, Rainbow Loom bracelets, loose threads, wires... which is horribly dangerous for her (and frequently horribly disgusting for me). Any suggestions for safe toys that will satisfy her linear needs? She doesn't have any teeth but magically is still capable of chewing through things. [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library on Mar 3, 2014 - 13 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

How to get a 5 year old disney princess excited about science?

Any ideas on making discovery fun for a princess obsessed 5 year old girl? [more inside]
posted by savitarka on Jan 28, 2014 - 44 answers

Replacement toy missiles for 1970s era robot toy

So I have this toy, a Getter Poseidon toy. Searching for the toy, it comes up under Getter Poseidon, but I'm not really sure about the brand name or actual year of original production and such. The reason for this askme is I want replacement missiles, which appear to be depicted in this pin, and I wonder if this is a standard missile style and size, and if so where can I buy them?
posted by artlung on Jan 7, 2014 - 7 answers

Call all book detectives! I'm looking for a book, the cover was blue...

Please help me find a book on toy making from the 1960s or 1970s (and that I read in the 1990s). [more inside]
posted by Calzephyr on Dec 30, 2013 - 2 answers

Is the website unopenedsavings.com a scam?

I've been looking at some toys for the kids for Christmas and this site, http://www.unopenedsavings.com keeps coming up with prices way cheaper then a lot of other online retailers. However, I've never heard of it and the site itself seems a little "scammy". Any thoughts? Thanks
posted by senseofsurreal on Dec 19, 2013 - 7 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

Superman toys for a four-year-old

Ayo- My four-year-old niece thinks Superman is pretty bitchin', and I'm thinking about maybe getting her Superman-related toys for Xmas. Are there any good Superman toys for someone her age that might be educational? Failing Educational, what about Superman toys that are just rad beyond belief?
posted by Greg Nog on Dec 11, 2013 - 11 answers

Cool toys for 3-4 year olds for immediate play?

What are some cool toys for a three and a half year old which I could open and would be really wondrous and cool immediately? He's in an astronaut phase and has a great imagination generally, but the toy does not have to be space-related. He already has a stomp rocket, so not that, but that's a good example of the kind of immediate-fun toy I'm thinking of. Thanks.
posted by shivohum on Dec 11, 2013 - 17 answers

What's the best, easiest way to clean my toys and action figures?

What's the best, easiest way to clean my toys and action figures? [more inside]
posted by Senor Cardgage on Dec 8, 2013 - 7 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

Talking kitty toy that says "I'm hungry"

My five year old has asked Santa for a toy kitty with soft fur that says "I'm hungry" in a tiny voice. [more inside]
posted by waving on Dec 6, 2013 - 8 answers

Mystery Metal

Can anyone identify the function of these brackets? They're part of a Lionel model train set. [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot on Dec 3, 2013 - 9 answers

Help me win the hearts and mold the minds of my faraway niece and nephew

I'm spending the holidays with my sister and her family and need gift suggestions for her son and daughter, ages 8 and 6 respectively. Bonus for gifts about animals! [more inside]
posted by désoeuvrée on Nov 24, 2013 - 11 answers

Indestructible plush dog toys

Can you recommend a plush squeaker toy for dogs that's durable? [more inside]
posted by .kobayashi. on Nov 20, 2013 - 20 answers

Best doll for a toddler?

I went shopping for a baby doll for an 18-month-old relative, thinking it would be an easy purchase, and now I'm so confused... [more inside]
posted by DMelanogaster on Nov 19, 2013 - 15 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

Best faux cat for nursing home friend?

I want to buy a fake cat for someone who loves cats but can't have one because she lives in a nursing home. Here's what she's looking for (cribbed from a newspaper column she writes): "I just long to hold a cat and enjoy their softness and purring. So, this is my solution: I’m going to look in Walmart for a stuffed cat that talks and meows and purrs. It must be softer than soft and I’ll call him Sammy." This seems like it would be purr... well, you know. But it's out of stock. Are there any MeFites out there who can advise me on the best fake cat for grown-ups?
posted by drzz on Oct 8, 2013 - 24 answers

Child's Gift to Germany by Tuesday! HOPE me, Mefites!!

Sending a child's birthday gift by Tuesday! We have had awful problems on a variety of German sites because we are sending this gift through a UK address! Help! [more inside]
posted by kairab on Sep 21, 2013 - 8 answers

Help me identify this children's toy from my youth

As a kid growing up in the 80s I often played with a 'speak and spell' kind of toy whose idiosyncratic (British?) digitized voice is burned into my head to this day, decades later. Help me figure out who made the toy and what its name was. [more inside]
posted by pziemba on Sep 11, 2013 - 6 answers

Are there any good robotic cat toys?

We have decided it's important for our cats to make the transition from outdoor cats to indoor cats - they're doing OK with it, but they want to play for hours, and we don't have the attention span to dangle a string in front of them all day. Given that we now live in the future, I assume there must exist some good robotic mice, birds or insects or something. Anyone have any good recommendations? [more inside]
posted by 0x006DB0 on Sep 8, 2013 - 13 answers

I can't find this cool toy I saw at the park yesterday!

I saw the coolest little foursquare toy, kind of a portable mini-court, yesterday at the park. I wish I'd stopped and talked to the guys playing with it, but I thought I could find it pretty easily... but not so. So there's a little trampoline, I guess that's about two feet square, with a circular wall around it divided into four sections. They had a ball smaller than a kickball but bigger than a tennis ball, and if they hit it on the trampoline and it went between one person's section of the bordering wall, then it was like it had hit their square. Does anybody know what this? I must have one. Immediately.
posted by dubadubowbow on Jun 16, 2013 - 4 answers

How do I make a busy box for my baby?

Help me make a big box of awesome. [more inside]
posted by TryTheTilapia on Jun 12, 2013 - 8 answers

Attach toys to scratching post for cat

Looking for help on attaching toys to a kitten's scratching post. [more inside]
posted by jmd82 on Jun 8, 2013 - 4 answers

What are your favorite toys for your ten month old?

Our son will be ten months old soon and I'd like to get him some new toys. [more inside]
posted by TryTheTilapia on May 19, 2013 - 15 answers

Is there a list of TeenTalk Barbie's phrases?

I read that the TeenTalk barbie (famous for the controversial math statement) is programmed to speak 269 phrases (down from 270 after removing the math one). I can't find a list of her phrases anywhere and think it would be really funny. Anybody know of such a list?
posted by mermaidcafe on May 19, 2013 - 2 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

Toys and objects to deal with physical stress.

So there is the stress ball. That one I know. Does anyone have any other ideas for dealing with nervous energy from stress and anxiety in the office that won't bother people around you so much (esp those moments when I can't just go for a long walk or to the gym, etc). It’s a fairly routine problem for me that even after the stressor is long gone, the nervous energy sticks around. I don't so much need the 'take a deep breath' or 'think positive' type of thing, I might not even be actively thinking or worrying about anything; and I already have a good doc for the long term aspects. Just looking for some ideas about the tactile and physical side of this thing, which tends to stick around for a while and can be pretty uncomfortable.
posted by shimmer on Apr 23, 2013 - 33 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

Can you identify this object / game / toy / mysterious item? [pictures!]

I can't figure out what this strange thing is. It resembles a set of dominoes with unfamiliar symbols on them. I'm sure someone out there will recognize it immediately. Thanks! picture 1 picture 2 picture 3
posted by crazylegs on Mar 31, 2013 - 9 answers

Online Sex Toys

Simply put, if one goes shopping for such things in traditional shops, it's shocking the markup %. Does the hive have any recommendations for sites with broad variety and competitive pricing?
posted by ecollie on Mar 14, 2013 - 11 answers

DIY Waterproof Toymaking

I want to make a floating castle for my kids to play with in the bath. How can I do this? [more inside]
posted by Doleful Creature on Feb 28, 2013 - 10 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

Not Blue Enough to Be a Smurf...

Does anyone recognize this Schleich PVC figurine? [more inside]
posted by Knappster on Feb 13, 2013 - 4 answers

How to occupy little one in car trips?

One year old is very inquisitive and very active. I need to drive twice a week with a one hour duration each way. With a dislike of being in the car (or just being confined), little one has figured out how to undo the seat belts. Without getting new car seats, are there any good mobile toys or anything to keep this mind (and hands) happy? Stores are full of colourful toys which last all of 2 minutes. Was contemplating something along the lines of an easier version of rubik's cube. Open to all suggestions. Thank you. (Also welcome suggestions for iPad apps - preferably ones that require some thinking rather than just play music.)
posted by oink on Jan 26, 2013 - 15 answers

Replacement Remote for an RC boat

I have a radio control boat without a remote, very similar to the one pictured here. After much Googling, it doesn't look like a replacement is easily available. How would I go about setting up a radio control remote for this boat? What information and equipment would I need?
posted by slogger on Jan 17, 2013 - 3 answers

No puppies either; my sister would kill me.

What is the most awesome gift I can give a two year old these days? [more inside]
posted by jeffamaphone on Jan 1, 2013 - 47 answers

Talking dolls before integrated circuits

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.
posted by chengjih on Dec 31, 2012 - 7 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

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