This year the three younger kids are all getting pajamas as one of their Christmas presents. They need pajamas anyway, but I got them "special" ones (Mario for Edward, kitty for Elizabeth, dinosaur for Henry) so they'll find it thrilling and I also found it fun to buy them fancy jammies. Here are the dinosaur pajamas I got for Henry:
OMG, do you LOVE them? Baby Gap! 50% off! Still $14, even so.
Now I'm turning my attention to toys. Tonight I'm shopping for Henry, age 2-and-a-half. Join me, won't you? *trill of music* *door opens invitingly before you*
(All photos yoinked from Amazon.com, which is where I was doing my shopping.)
Crayola Beginnings Color Me a Song. I don't know if he'd like this or not. He does like to color. He does like music. This thing apparently plays music based on how fast the child scribbles. I'm not sure I want to encourage him to, like, scribble faster per se. But maybe it would be a ton of fun. Or maybe it would be super annoying. I can't tell. About $20.
LeapFrog Tag Junior. We have a regular Tag, and Henry likes it but has a little trouble managing it. This looks much easier to manage, and I love hunting down the books (periodically I find them at 75% off at Target, and they also make good gift idea things). But I am soooooo lazy, and what happens is I buy a new Tag book and then I mean to upload it to the Tag thingie but I keep putting it off until the children are no longer interested in the subject the book is based on. Maybe I would reform if I had a toddler reminding me every few seconds. About $30.
Fisher-Price Kid-Tough Digital Camera. I let the four oldest kids use my actual digital camera: it's not a super-fancy/expensive one, and they're all careful to use the wrist strap, and that way I can upload their photos whenever I upload mine. BUT. Henry. Is not as good at being careful. It is not his fault he's only two. But he sees the other kids using my camera and he really! wants! to use! the camera! Sometimes I let him, but sometimes I've also lost my mind, and sometimes I get fingerprints all over the lens, and sometimes he drops it and now you have to press really hard on the button to make it take a photo. And so sometimes I find this kind of camera more appealing, and my camera was not expensive but this one is less expensive by several multiples. We have the Fisher-Price Kid-Tough portable DVD player (it was "as-is" at Target for $20 and I haven't found a single thing wrong with it) and it has been dropped FROM THE TOP BUNK and is still working fine, so I'd be ready to put down money for the camera if I knew he'd use it and not still pine to use mine. About $45.
Oh! The Melissa and Doug Slice and Bake Cookie Set! My mom has this at her house, and all three littles LOVVVVVE it. They cut cookie dough slices, bake them on a cookie sheet, then put frosting on them. I totally recommend this for the age 2-5 range, and longer if you have a child who particularly likes to pretend-bake. About $14.
Green Toys Tea Set. Speaking of my mom's house, she also has a tea set Henry loves to play with. She lets him use real water in it. He is not very tidy. I'm not getting him a tea set. $17ish.
LeapFrog Fridge Phonics. We already have this, but if you're looking for something for a toddler/preschooler this would be GREAT. The unit and the letters go on the fridge, and if you put a letter into the unit it sings a little song about the letter. I SWEAR this (plus the tied-in DVD) is what taught the twins their letters and letter sounds, and the song manages not to annoy me (the frogs in the video are another story). About $15 (and about $10 for the video; they'd make a nice set).
Fisher Price Smart Fit. This looks kind of like the Wii Fit? But for little kids? Henry's still too young for it but the twins might like it and Henry could grow into it. About $40.
Fisher-Price Spike Jr. Henry loves this whenever I let him play with it while we're shopping at Target, but I'm not sure it has enough play value for the price. It makes a yawning kind of roar (not overly scary), then stomps around, then chuckles like "Ha ha, I would totally not eat you in one quick snap if I were real." About $40.
Mr. Potato Head Silly Suitcase. He has this already and loves it. About $17.
Alex Tub Tunes Water Flutes. I think he'd like these: he likes music, he likes baths. And I think the older kids would like it, too. About $12.
This, by the way, is the amusing present he's getting from my parents: the Fisher-Price Little Mommy Gotta Go doll. He flipped out over it in the store and so my mom bought it---which is, I assume, why store managers don't much mind if kids play with the toys in the store. This doll has SIXTY different things she says, many of them related to peeing and using the potty ( <--- TODDLER PROPAGANDA ALERT). And may I inquire why this toy is available in three different girl versions but not even one boy version? About $50.
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