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I'm looking for suggestions on interesting toys or places to get them (used or new).
I'm contemplating a play kitchen or at least play food and such for Will. I'm not sure
what would be good for Razi; she's definitely at the standing while holding on with one
hand, but not thinking about moving her feet or crawling yet.

For those who have kids into cars, trains, etc., what toys have you found to be worthwhile? What about for interest in animals?
Date: 2008-12-17 03:03 am (UTC)

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Do you know about Henry Bear's Park on Huron Ave. in Cambridge? It's a fantastic toy store.
Date: 2008-12-17 03:14 am (UTC)

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It is, though it is also outrageously overpriced.
Date: 2008-12-17 03:53 am (UTC)

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Yes, we've been there and browsed and bought a few things. Partly, I'm looking for opinions on toys before we buy into one of the different sets of things (plan city? playmobil? etc.), since there seems to be an opportunity cost associated with getting one thing. For instance, we got a couple sets of Gears toys, which are cool, but all there are of that type, while the "Gears Gears Gears" seem to have more expansions and similar functionality/play-value.

It's also the "yet another building toy" that is similar...

And, yes, I'm starting to gag on spending $35 for a not fancy toy; used toys seem to be much much cheaper - but one has to know what to look for.
Date: 2008-12-17 03:25 am (UTC)

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Both the kids love the LeapFrog Learn & Groove Musical Table, and it's a great toy for practicing standing. And while it's noisy, the noise is tolerable. A still plays with it too. I'm also very fond of the Little Tikes Push & Ride Racer, which is another toy we got for A when he was just learning to stand up, which he still uses.

I end up ordering from Amazon. It's relatively inexpensive, and you can't beat free delivery and avoiding the mall.
Date: 2008-12-17 03:28 am (UTC)

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If you're on the net a lot, freecycle gets toy kitchens through with some regularity. You have to move pretty fast, though.
Date: 2008-12-17 03:53 am (UTC)

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Good point - I'll join...

Interested in a playmat for infant?
Date: 2008-12-17 04:04 am (UTC)

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Ditto the Arlington parents list. There have been kitchens and activity tables going begging within the last week.
Date: 2008-12-17 03:25 pm (UTC)

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I haven't noticed either... I'm on the Arlington parents list.
Date: 2008-12-17 09:35 pm (UTC)

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That's really weird. I know that after I bought the table (approx. 2 weeks ago) I noticed at least one and I thought two more for sale or free, including one in the last 24 hours. Toy kitchens seem to come up more in the summertime, for some reason, but I could swear I had seen at least one recently.
Date: 2008-12-17 03:53 pm (UTC)

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I've been meaning to email you- would you like some gender neutral/boy 0-3 month baby clothes? They have either only been worn by Razi and/or Julian and they are still in great shape. I can have more for you as she grows out of stuff if you would like.
Date: 2008-12-17 03:56 am (UTC)

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Do you "do" plastic toys that make noise/music/take batteries? If so, I may have a thing or two that might be good for Razi, that my two really loved when they were standing to play with everything.
Date: 2008-12-17 03:25 pm (UTC)

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Yes, if they're not too obnoxious. Thanks :-)
Date: 2008-12-17 04:11 am (UTC)

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Alice has really enjoyed the wooden fruit basket from Melissa & Doug. She's also really into the Leapfrog Music Table that someone else mentioned. We just got it (used, cheap) and I wish we'd had it earlier.
Date: 2008-12-17 03:26 pm (UTC)

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Ok - cool; I have a couple activity tables; I should perhaps get the other one back up. We have the one with the chair for her to sit/stand in up.

I am contemplating play food...
Date: 2008-12-17 11:14 am (UTC)

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Brio trains for Will, but they can get very expensive very quickly.

I think I have tons of infant toys somewhere in a box I can try to find.
Date: 2008-12-17 11:40 am (UTC)

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I will add that Will is not as train obsessed as Benjamin (really, almost no one is) so, while I think he would like the Brio trains, just getting a random fleet of various vehicles might be just as much fun for him if you don't want to get into the endless expensive track thing.
Date: 2008-12-17 03:28 pm (UTC)

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Well, we got a geotrax set & will see how he likes it. I'm not sure how excited Will would be by the different train car details. He's interested when we've seen them, but not too clear between the different ones.

We have more track than he can use on the train table; more might provide options, but that's more for adults at this stage.
Date: 2008-12-17 12:07 pm (UTC)

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LEGO DUPLO! Do I need to elaborate?

Lincoln Logs, but get the retro wooden ones, (You can find them if you try, I got a set a few years back.) not the cheap plastic stuff. The wooden ones come with the individual slats for the roof, the plastic ones have molded roofs.
Date: 2008-12-17 03:29 pm (UTC)

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Yup, we have some lego duplo and are contemplating committing more...

He hasn't tried lincoln logs yet; we may hunt.
Date: 2008-12-17 03:50 pm (UTC)

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We have quite a few infant/toddler toys from Plan Toys- they are wood and well made. I know they do kitchens.
Craigslist has them pretty often but it is too early for us.
Ira had a barn with animals that he really liked when he was Will's age. Melissa and Doug do one that looks pretty good.
I have had good luck finding toys on amazon, ebay, (they run crazy sales sometimes) and Craigslist.
Date: 2008-12-17 10:17 pm (UTC)

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Kata really likes the "cutting food" set she has (by Melissa and Doug) - wooden food with velcro to cut with a wooden knife. Target has made various wooden play food sets that are also fun and cute that she plays with just as much. Her play kitchen also came from Target and is less expensive than some of them were and made mostly of wood and particleboard, I like how it looks and it has held up well and she *loves* it. But if you can find a great one used, I say go for it!

If you want to track down good toys used, I would recommend looking at online and realspace stores to figure out the brands you want and
then searching craigslist and ebay and keeping an eye out for them on whatever parents list you're on.
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