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Old 11-16-2011, 07:24 AM   #4582
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Originally Posted by Makalah View Post
Not at all related to the current discussion, but since so many of you have kids...

My friends and I are heading to Toys R Us Saturday to do some shopping for Toys for Tots. It's a win win - we get to go play with toys and have fun picking stuff out, and then the toys are donated to the Salvation Army to distribute them. Of the 7 of us, only one couple has a kid, and she's only 10 months so I'm looking for real life parent advice!

Does anyone have any toy-buying advice? Get stuff for toddlers, get things for adolescents, get games/books/things that don't require batteries, buy batteries anyway, what's trendy, what do your kids love, etc.! Anything to help me shop! Last year we just had fun putting together a theme package of toys, but this year I'd like to go in with some suggestions, as Toys R Us can be overwhelming to someone who only goes once a year. I also don't have a lot of money to spend (but will gladly help the 6 others spend theirs!) so what toys are the best bang for my frugal buck?

Feel free to PM me if you prefer...who knows where the topics in this thread will go tomorrow once more prizes get handed out!

My .02 cents -- avoid the toys that need batteries. They might be truly annoying! If you get any of the Thomas or Cars engines/cars.. try to make sure they are compatible with the wooden tracks (most are). I think books are always a good idea...some kids might not agree.

Barbie is always popular. For the younger set, the dolls that are the disney princesses as babies seem to very popular.

I think board games are excellent because it also encourages socialization and learning how to win and lose (something my daughter needs to work on )

Strawberry Shortcake is pretty popular right now as well. The girls love the "smelly" hair...

For the boys... transformers, anything Cars (especially Mater and Lightening McQueen), anything Toy Story.. (my son loves ANYTHING that has Woody or Buzz Lightyear)

Anyway.. that's my .02
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