||[Aug. 6th, 2012|10:43 am]
We have a $50 target gc for orryn to spend... Help me pick something :)
I kind of want to avoid plastic toys, but that cat keyboard is so
Ridiculous, + it has heaps of great reviews. I would get that and
An abc block set, or something... Or, a melodica and an abc
Block set. Or, that activity cube, tho it is more than $50.
I went to a target and tried to find something but they only have
Crap I don't want in the actual store. Anyhow... I looked at some
Upright pianos (like on peanuts) they have online, but I think the
Cat keyboard wld be better, or just the melodica, tho you have to
Breath air into it through a tube. The activity cube is attractive
Too, tho--but maybe you have some other ideas?
Toys we have already:
Wooden grasping giraffe
Jumping jack giraffe
Haba ring rattle
Stuffed teddy bear
Wooden block & mallet
Shape sorting house
Lighthouse ring stacker
Bead roller coaster/slider thing
Two soft balls made by orryn's great great grandmother
My mom saved all our best toys from our childhood... So we have
Lincoln logs and a kid's record player!!etc and a rocking horse my
Uncle made for my brother... My dad will carve zac's name in it, &
Orryn's, if I can figure out how to get it to us. Hopefully
We will move to ca, or something, haha.
I need to work on putting more books away.. I cleared off one lower
Bookshelf up here already, to put Orryn's things on. There is
A shelf under the tv where I have bolga baskets with toys, and then
2 bookshelves I need to pack. I will just put the books in my office
Downstairs until we find a good bookshelf or three.
I have a $1 store basket, too, for a "treasure basket." I keep
Looking for regular household items to put in it, wooden
Spoons and such. Scraps of fabric and scratched up CDs.
I wonder if my parents still have the Lincoln logs that were under my
Grandma elva's davenport. She had a box they were stored in, + some metal
Cars and plastic zoo animals. Played with by all her grandchildren over
Years(9 of us!). Maybe even her children? I ought to ask my dad if
He remembers where they came from.
ha, i just posted a video of dax using the cat keyboard at age 2: http://youtu.be/r9uI5LYgqOU
i got it for him a few months ago. other than the songs not repeating causing some frustration, it's a nice keyboard.
one toy that has lasted through so many stages for us has been a set of stacking cups. we got the green sprouts stacking cup on amazon, so i don't know if they have those at target -- but honestly stacking cups are amazing. great bath toys, great for building towers, great for sorting little toys during play, great for teething, great for sharing. these days i throw a few in my bag and we take them to the park to use to scoop dirt/sand.
2012-08-07 01:25 am (UTC)
i forgot! we have those same cups :)
maybe the keyboard is better! thanks for the advice. we already have a roller ball thing from ikea, so maybe that is enough and the cube is just overkill. they have a cube at the librray, if i really want to go use it :)
also, re: the activity cube -- my sister gave us her old one, and i feel like it was only okay. i don't know. it had a short window of good times. he was either too young to care about it, or old enough to pull up on it and it was always threatening to topple over on him as he used it for pulling up, and then the short window of caring about it and not needing it for support... then it was over and done with.
What about a kid xylophone? Does Target have these?
2012-08-10 12:18 am (UTC)
Same as glockenspiel :)he loves it already! Braxton is good at playing songs in it (not me!). Orryn tries to bang upon it, some... The washboard has a better effect.
The ABC activity cube is pretty awesome!
That cat thing will drive you crazy!! :)
2012-08-10 12:26 am (UTC)
I read a lot people being annoyed by the noisy things but i kinda like noises :) orryn's def more enchanted by a noisy bell he has than the quiet rattles
Yes, that makes sense. It's much more interesting to them developmentally.
I don't mind sounds but some of these toys have really electronic sounding things (zelda nintendo type) that drive me nuts for some reason.
we have an activity cube like that, not the same one, but i bought it used from a friend who moved away. he's 9 months old now and really not too interested in it. plus it's HEAVY and wooden and even now i worry he will topple over and hit his head on it. but he loves ALL kinds of musical instruments, keyboards are great, highly recommended :)
2012-08-10 12:27 am (UTC)
Yeah, I think I will get the cat. We went yard saling today and I got some maracas and a recorder! Now I am in the lookout for a wee drUm :)
knowing your mom, she will have the lincoln logs, it's just a matter of WHERE!
2012-08-10 12:24 am (UTC)
She has all kinds of hidey holes. I told herto get rid e of the more commercial toys I don't want (my little pony, etc), but yeah... There they will stay. I hope I am able to dispose of more things as childhood passes, lol. For now I am holding into the clothes/diapers he's already grown out if, since I am not sure if he'll have a sibling one day or be an only. I understand the sentimentality but I'd like to whittle down to just a few choice bits, not the whole kaboodle. I have dolls that belonged to my grandmothers, which us nice...
I have a swell child's vintage accordion. would you like to have it as a gift? I'm happy to send it to you. I got it give as a gift but the child had the self-same accordion! only in blue