Friday, November 2, 2007

Wanted: Toy Do's & Don'ts...also someone to tell me if I spelled "don'ts" right....

We just got the Toys-R-Us big book. I find it sorely lacking. They crammed so many toys in there they didn't have room to give you much information about each toy. I NEED MORE people! I am not going to plunk down that kind of jack for a toy that I know nothing about.

It occurred to me that I have a wonderful way to find out all kinds of REAL information about toys....you guys! I will pass along information I have garnered over the years and ask questions about toys the kids are clamoring for. Hopefully you will have answers, insights and questions of your own.

I am doing this in hopes of avoiding a $50 dud...like the remote control helicopter MonkeyBoy got a few years ago. It was, according to the label, age appropriate...we charged it for hours and on its maiden voyage it crash landed and that was the ball game. We might have gotten more use out of it had we flown it in a room filled with bubble wrap....

Perhaps you have insight that can help another parent avoid a gift don't.....two years ago Santa brought the boys these huge remote control Hummers....They were made to be driven on all kinds of terrain....however....with two boys, two competitive boys, racing against each other was not enough. They tried to run each other off the "road," they rammed the cars together...While well built and living up to every claim in the ads...they were not designed for kids who want to crash them into things.

Cotton Candy maker...lets just say ...gift don't...and fire extinguisher do.

So what toys are your kids asking for that you need more info about? Commenters please feel free to answer other commenters questions...that is what this is all about!

So my questions this week:

Wii- we have a PS2 and an eyetoy...would the Wii be redundant? If you have one why do you love/hate it?

Children's Digital Camera-I am talking about one for a 4 year old...something with a decent sized "pre-view" screen...any ideas?

Fly Pen-seems cool but does having to have spend the money for the special paper and software make it not worth it?

Have a good weekend!

4 comments:

kathleen said...

we bought the fisher price camera's. a bit pricey for a 4 year old, but they do love it, and it is virtually unbreakable. we have a pink one and a blue one. we also busted our housekeeper with this toy! she evidently had her sister, lots of kids, and some folks i have no clue about to our home one day while i was gone, and she was cleaning. well, her neice got the camera and took about 20 pictures on it of the "gathering"!!!!! way too funny! anyhow, we still have the cameras, and darlene no longer helps me clean!!!!!

CamiKaos said...

Wii is a total DO for FAMILY fun. My 5 year old likes it because she can just pick up and play, my parents like it because it is simple to use and my husband and I love it because it is so much fun. It is completely different than any system out there. If you're looking for a graphics machine to play shootem up games this isn't the system for you... but for everything else it is fantastic. My husband got ours 2 weeks before Christmas last year and we still love it now.

Margaret said...

HEck, I want the Wii... I just got the hand-held DS and have the gamecube. Mark says "You don't need a Wii". Pbbbbtttt....

Oh and the helicopter? Nephew had it. Same thing. Crash on first try.

mommiebear2 said...

We are also planning out Santa bringing the kids a Wii this year - a freind of my husband's brought his over and the kids just fell in love and they were just zoned in for hours with that thing.