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  1. Nov 27, 2004 #1

    Moonbear

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    Okay, one of my friends has a daughter who's a little over a year old. She loves to roll balls around, and I happen to know their floor has a sort of natural slope to it, so one can predict where the ball is going to go. So, I picked up one of those plastic bowling sets. I now notice the package says 3 and up, and I'm wondering why? There are no small parts, everything looks bigger than her head. Okay, obviously, the kid isn't old enough to try to aim a ball at the pins, but I figure she'll have fun watching the pins fall over and make noise falling on the hardwood floor if her parents put the pins where the ball will naturally roll anyway, or if she just knocks the pins over by hand. So, I know there are parents on this board. Any reason this is a really bad idea to give to a kid under three? If it is, I'll return it and try to find something else.
     
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  3. Nov 27, 2004 #2

    Ivan Seeking

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    It may be a matter of interest. Toys are targeted for specific age groups for many reasons including safety. Children under three may not typically express an interest in playing with balls. But that's the great thing about buying for kids. If too advanced the toy will eventually be appropriate.
     
  4. Nov 27, 2004 #3

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    They probably figure a child of a least three would understand the object of the game. That doesn't mean that a younger child won't have just as much fun knocking the pins over just for the fun of it. As long as there are no parts small enough to choke on or can come apart, it's not a problem.
     
  5. Nov 28, 2004 #4

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    Okay, thanks! No, no small parts or anything that comes apart. This is pretty much identical to the bowling set I had as a kid and loved. Big plastic pins in 4 colors, and two plastic balls about 4 or 5 inches in diameter. Nothing to choke on; that's why I didn't even look at the age on it. So it's probably just the object of the game that's too advanced. No problem. She'll have fun banging pins around and rolling the ball (she actually will play "soccer" and kick a ball around already...amazing kid). I think this kid will grow into it long before 3! She's smart as a whip! My nephew is about 6 months older, and seems to be at a similar developmental stage as this 13 mo old! And my nephew is pretty much right on target of where he should be (I was actually getting worried for a while that he might be a bit slow since he seemed to be doing stuff at such a later age than this little girl has been doing, but it turns out the girl is just way ahead of the curve).
     
  6. Nov 28, 2004 #5

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    Not to hijack this thread...but does anyone have suggestions on what to buy for a 6 mo old baby boy ? Something that won't be usurped by a 4 year old big brother...I fear a bowling set might.
     
  7. Nov 28, 2004 #6
    A 6 mo old baby boy will play with just about anything which in some way, seems comforting. A small toy should do it (e.g. teddy bear). Or better, a big toy. I hear i used to like those. :smile:
     
  8. Nov 28, 2004 #7

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    I'm afraid it would be hard to find something that won't be completely usurped by a 4 yr old, but all my friends' kids and my nephew loved Peek-A-Blocks from Fisher Price when they were that age (and older too). When they are young, they are happy to just chew on the blocks (teething). But you can buy activity tables and push toys, etc to play with. Here's a site that shows what they are:
    http://www.fisher-price.com/us/infanttoys/section.asp?s=bupeek&skipintro=true
    Even if someone else buys them, the blocks are all interchangeable with the different toys, so it just adds to a bigger set. And while the 4 yr old might steal one or two of the toys, they can't get their hands on EVERY block!

    One thing I've learned with two children is to put their name on the toy as soon as they get it, if at all possible. This way they aren't arguing later about whose toy it is.
     
  9. Nov 28, 2004 #8
    When buying for someone else's kid I shoot for the loudest most repetitive toys. Something that plays "If you're happy and you know it" over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over. I love giving those!
     
  10. Nov 28, 2004 #9
    I'm going to have to point out that toys from Fisher Price, completely degrade children. Your solution to the child competition would more than likely be make the older child feel foolish for playing with such toys. Kids need to learn these things at an early age. They need to learn how to 'fear' and respect what needs to be feared and respected. Buying something that the older one won't have interest in, certainly won't help accomplish that goal.

    Get your kid something that he would like. Don't worry 'bout the older child. If he interferes, teach him that it's not right. Tell him that it's not his. You might get some yelling, some tears, and some anger at first, but eventually they'll learn, and they'll be glad later on, when they're not stealing things from stores.

    It may sound a bit extreme, but it's hard to change anything after childhood. I guess I can take me as an example. I have a sign of respect and 'fear' for things I know I should. I don't go around in movie theatres yelling. I don't tell police to "get the **** out of my house" (Not that they come to my house). Why don't I do it? I certainly want to sometimes, but it's just that "tamed" feeling.

    Most intelligent kids at the teen age tend to break off from their parents. The older they get, the harder it is to rub subliminal messages into them.
     
  11. Nov 28, 2004 #10

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    I do that too! But, the thing is, those are the types of toys the kids really love, and they are actually educational. That's how kids that young learn, by hearing things repeated often. It's just a bonus that it drives their parents batty! :biggrin: Though, if I ever have kids, I have a LOT of friends and family who are just dying to get even. :eek:

    When they get older and you can't find those really loud, repetitive toys anymore, the messy ones are good, like fingerpaints! :biggrin:
     
  12. Nov 29, 2004 #11

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    I love buying the obnoxiously noisy toys for my grandson. And get them lots of long life batteries, as well :devil: .

    Whatever happened to the hand cranked swing-o-matics. The battery operated ones are lame (the batteries die almost immdediately).
     
  13. Nov 29, 2004 #12

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    It says 3 and up to avoid lawsuits, and that is the only reason.
     
  14. Nov 29, 2004 #13

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    :devil: One of the other toys I bought was a schoolbus with little people inside it that repeats over and over and over:
    "The wheels on the bus go round and round, round and round, round and round, the wheels on the bus go round and round, all through the town..."

    I mailed the presents in advance to my sister last year and one came with batteries included and made noise every time you turned it over...I wonder what the postal employees thought of that? I hadn't put anyone's names on the presents (my brother-in-law is a present shaker, so I had to keep him from knowing which was his in advance...I had a color-coding system, but didn't tell them that), but everyone already knew that particular present was for my nephew since it would every so often start making noise under the tree. :tongue2:
     
  15. Nov 29, 2004 #14

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    Along with the annoying bus, we got you rechargeable batteries so you can play FOREVER, FOREVER, FOREVER, forever, forever, for.. (the sound slowly diminishes in the heads of the proud parents) :surprised
     
  16. Dec 5, 2004 #15

    Ivan Seeking

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    Moot now but FYI, I spotted this page while Xmas shopping and thought of this thread.
    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/subst/stores/toys/help/toys-age-info.html/102-9107896-7888126
     
  17. Dec 5, 2004 #16

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    I got given a carburettor when I was about 6, that brought me hours of fun.

    6 months? Sounds like he's old enough for his first train set...
     
  18. Dec 5, 2004 #17

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    Hey, I had to wait until I was 21 for my first train set! Really. I used to beg for a train set when I was a kid, but my mom always insisted trains were for boys (my dad was the feminist in the family if you'd believe it). Finally, after I turned 21, my step-dad got me the train set. He found a really cool one with Mickey Mouse and Goofy on it! Fun to put under the tree. I just finished setting it up under the tree tonight. This year I'm returning the favor and getting him the Polar Express train set he really wants for Christmas (though it's backordered until February...at least I managed to find a place to order it that would get it before May, which is what I think he had found as the earliest available date).
     
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