Saturday, October 28, 2006

some of this years christmas toy pics

As a mom, teacher, and child life sepcialist, I love picking Christmas toys- seriously love~(In case you missed my master toy list here it is) I love to peruse great museum gift shops and find the coolest and most creative toys. I look for stuff that is authentic, open ended, and generally doesn't make noise or require batteries. Throughout the year I acquire them and stash them in the upstairs closet. I can post them on my blog because although smart son reads- he has yet to become one of my loyal blog followers, so have no fear Christmas will still be a surprise. Also smart son's birthday is only a few days before Christmas so lest you think me extravagant (I actually keep to a very strict tight budget)- December is the only time in which our toy closet really grows!

some of my tentative pics this year- for smart son 5 and smart baby 17 mo.
more historical action figures to add to our collection (I love my freud, ben franklin, jane austen, einstein and you wouldn't believe the hilarious play they yield)the fandex series of field guides (there are all sorts butterflies, trees, old testament, presidents way cool info for brainy type kids)
some safari ltd. tubes - the galapagos island animals, ancient egypt, monkeys and apes, wild west(life just would be complete with out some mini pioneers to celebrate your heriatge with) and a great butterfly collector case Identiflyer, folkmanis toy puppet some great specimen blocks , the plan toys airport (i totally dig the ferry and garage we got those last year)
a globe, playmobils (okay brief discourse on the virtues of playmobils- they are well constructed, generally gender neutral, durable, classic and I love how they represent real life things- we have a giant bin full... the playmobil house sets, OR doctor suite, you name it-- they have everything from laundry rooms to house painters, my kids love them and begin playing with them before they are even 18 mo. (yes disclaimer beware of chocking hazards- supervised play only!) not only are they fun but I have used them to act out events and they have helped in preparing my kids for everything from sleeping in a big bed to going to the doctors (yes so classic child life specialist), when I was pregnant and Smart son was 2 he used to act out me wretching in the toilet with his playmobil mom and playmobil toilet- really if you don't have them- you must check them out! okay back the list) diggin the playmobil treehouse also some dino expedition, etc) mini titanic (so smart son can act out more magic treehouse books), some more instruments, plasma car at 17 mo old smart baby was totally having fun driving around the toy store on this. Some child size brooms/mops. a lunar module toy, lego shuttle (we the other rovers and rockets and you can build cool stuff with those exotic pieces- so much better than the plan lego unit bricks- so buy the crazy sets because they give you more creative pieces) red sox shirt, rock collection, my favorite game- Guess Who, some "1001 Things..." usborne books (i.e. 1001 things to spot on a farm- must have!I got at the ben and jerry's factory a few years back and adore!) possibly another architectural block set (smart son has had the best time building middle eastern temples for the past year) and more bare books for Smart sons "field guides" he likes to write.

7 comments:

Jen3 @ Amazing Triplets said...

Thanks for this post - I am bookmarking it for future reference!!

itybtyfrog said...

Thanks for the great ideas. I love the field guides idea...what a great way to teach children about all kinds of different animals, insects, etc.

Sabra said...

hey! can you help me find a good solar system/planet toy for a 3, nearly 4, year old? K is totally into planets right now, spouting off random facts about each of them. i've been searching online, but all i can find are mobiles and I'd like something he could play with more. anyway, great list, so I come to you for help with my educational gift-giving needs.

smartmama said...

sabra- you know there are a few options- but still a dearth of really good authentic space and science toys - I think it is smithsonian who makes ones on these metal arms, the other sets you can buy from musuem shops/marshall are often meant to be hung- but i'd say just don't hang them and let him play- we bought these plain balls (not styrofoam don't know how to describe them- kind of like slightly bigger fuzzy ping pong balls??) at the children's museum surplus and smartS (3) painted them to look like the planets- and he always used those. We have a ton of toy rockets, shuttles, lunar rovers, lunar modules (marshalls is the best place to get those)and the lego space series too(mars rovers, space station, saturn V etc). I love it when smart s sets them out of the floor and makes them orbit! Oh and we have the glow in the dark planets on his ceiling- I like it cause they look like the actual planets not just glow stars- sorry not more help- as you can see we had to create out own solution to lame toy planets- but i think those are the only options out there... sounds like you need to make a trip to kennedy space center- the rocket garden is so cool!

Anonymous said...

I so want to go shopping with you. I'm with Jen3-I'll be back to look at this post.

beth said...

Great links! Thanks so much for posting all of these ideas.

Sabra said...

I think we will probably end up buying a mobile and letting him play with it. He just informed me tonight that Pluto is "9" (the ninth planet) but not really, because it is a "baby planet" and likes to hide. a few weeks ago we got in an argument about Pluto's status. "Baby Planet" was our compromise. Anyway, had to brag :) thanks for the ideas.