Comments on: Gift Guide #3: Toys! Toys! Toys! http://www.designmom.com/2012/11/gift-guide-3-toys-toys-toys/ The Intersection of Design & Motherhood Wed, 21 May 2014 17:19:57 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.1 By: Design Mom http://www.designmom.com/2012/11/gift-guide-3-toys-toys-toys/comment-page-1/#comment-413246 Design Mom Sat, 17 Nov 2012 21:26:57 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=26335#comment-413246 Too funny! I hadn’t noticed I’d kept the language gender neutral until you pointed it out. I suppose it’s part of being a parent of both boys and girls, at our house all the kids play with all the toys. : )

Thanks for giving me such generous credit, Patricia! I appreciate it.

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By: Patricia | unfounddoor http://www.designmom.com/2012/11/gift-guide-3-toys-toys-toys/comment-page-1/#comment-412285 Patricia | unfounddoor Thu, 15 Nov 2012 13:31:56 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=26335#comment-412285 My husband wanted the ikea teaset to use for our morning espresso – gift for all the family. Ha.

Gabrielle – I just wanted to say how refreshing and much appreciated it is that your gift guide doesn’t designate toys as for boys or girls. As a feminist hoping to raise my son as both a feminist and someone who can pursue whatever his interests are, I get so sad to see so many sites with tea sets ‘for girls’ as though boys don’t make fantasy play, or ‘trucks for boys’ as though girls don’t also want to play with these.

Boo to gender stereotyping, yay for designmom is i guess what I wanted to say!

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By: Tasha http://www.designmom.com/2012/11/gift-guide-3-toys-toys-toys/comment-page-1/#comment-412229 Tasha Thu, 15 Nov 2012 11:01:27 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=26335#comment-412229 I’m laughing since our “toys” get bigger and better – son 26, husband 46!!! It never ends!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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By: Design Mom http://www.designmom.com/2012/11/gift-guide-3-toys-toys-toys/comment-page-1/#comment-412224 Design Mom Thu, 15 Nov 2012 10:54:49 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=26335#comment-412224 Hi Christina! There are so many great toy options. If you’re feeling like it’s not quite time to introduce toy guns, I’d say skip it.

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By: Design Mom http://www.designmom.com/2012/11/gift-guide-3-toys-toys-toys/comment-page-1/#comment-412221 Design Mom Thu, 15 Nov 2012 10:52:02 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=26335#comment-412221 Hi Jeannie! Toy weapons are tricky. We were so careful to avoid all toy weapons when Ralph and Maude and Olive were little. I don’t think we had a single one in all of our 8 years in New York. (Though even then, Ralph would make weapons out of sticks or legos — or even duplos.) And we’ve never allowed them to play violent video games of any sort.

But once Ralph started making movies, we ended having weapons exceptions. A cap gun for a cowboy scene. A samurai sword he picked up at a garage sale to use as a prop. So Oscar, Betty and June are spending their early years in a house that does have toy weapons.

As for nerf guns, the one I pictured does look very weapon-y, but there are tons of styles available, and some are much more “toy” looking, and geared for younger kids. Nerf wars among the whole family have ended up being lots of fun for us. But if my kids seemed to be especially drawn to weapons, or had a real mean streak, I’m sure I wouldn’t feel so casual about them.

I think it’s one of those parenting calls that everyone has to make based on their own kids.

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By: Jennifer http://www.designmom.com/2012/11/gift-guide-3-toys-toys-toys/comment-page-1/#comment-412148 Jennifer Thu, 15 Nov 2012 07:17:27 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=26335#comment-412148 I like to overthink a lot of issues, but this is not one of them. I have observed that kids will make sticks or other objects into their play guns even if you choose not to purchase toy guns for them. I teach my kids to be kind and careful with others and to respect the personal space of others. Nerf guns are for fun and are never used to terrorize anyone in our house. Having said all of that, I do respect other parents and their rights to decide what is best for their families. :)

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By: Christina http://www.designmom.com/2012/11/gift-guide-3-toys-toys-toys/comment-page-1/#comment-412106 Christina Thu, 15 Nov 2012 04:47:56 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=26335#comment-412106 I also have questions about the Nerf gun … my boys are 6 and 3 and I know the 6-year-old is ready but the little guy wants to do every thing brother does but I don’t think I’m quite ready for his gun play. Gabrielle, your kids are varying ages, how did you handle this?

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By: Jeannie http://www.designmom.com/2012/11/gift-guide-3-toys-toys-toys/comment-page-1/#comment-412064 Jeannie Thu, 15 Nov 2012 02:56:51 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=26335#comment-412064 As a longtime reader, I have to say that I’m surprised to see the Nerf guns on this list. I’m conflicted because my daughters have been asking for them for years and I know (from their playdates with kids who have them) that they can be hours of relatively harmless fun but… They are guns! I would love to know more about your thoughts on this, actually, since those things are on their wishlists again this year, and the puppy and Xbox are definitely not happening.

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By: shannon austin http://www.designmom.com/2012/11/gift-guide-3-toys-toys-toys/comment-page-1/#comment-411968 shannon austin Wed, 14 Nov 2012 22:01:39 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=26335#comment-411968 We got our first Zipfy just before we moved to Germany last winter…and this fall, I ordered another because it was so popular with both of our girls! (Even my just-turned-2-year-old loved it, which was kind of surprising because it really moves.) So now in our garage we have 2 red ones, a #5 and a #7. Not sure what the numbers mean. Highly recommend! (Like Becca F I also love the Land of Nod — and like you, I miss *some* of the catalogs. But not that many!)

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By: Design Mom http://www.designmom.com/2012/11/gift-guide-3-toys-toys-toys/comment-page-1/#comment-411903 Design Mom Wed, 14 Nov 2012 19:34:58 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=26335#comment-411903 I remember years like that! Ralph was obsessed with Legos for ages and it was so easy to shop for birthdays and holidays. Love that!

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By: Design Mom http://www.designmom.com/2012/11/gift-guide-3-toys-toys-toys/comment-page-1/#comment-411902 Design Mom Wed, 14 Nov 2012 19:33:33 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=26335#comment-411902 This is the second year with no holiday catalogs and I miss them! I’ll have to look up their collection on line.

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By: Design Mom http://www.designmom.com/2012/11/gift-guide-3-toys-toys-toys/comment-page-1/#comment-411901 Design Mom Wed, 14 Nov 2012 19:32:37 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=26335#comment-411901 Fiona! That’s the cutest story ever.

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By: Design Mom http://www.designmom.com/2012/11/gift-guide-3-toys-toys-toys/comment-page-1/#comment-411899 Design Mom Wed, 14 Nov 2012 19:32:18 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=26335#comment-411899 Ages 6 and 11 are ideal. It’s made for all ages of kids, from toddler to teen. I bet your girls would love it if they’re into making music.

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By: Design Mom http://www.designmom.com/2012/11/gift-guide-3-toys-toys-toys/comment-page-1/#comment-411898 Design Mom Wed, 14 Nov 2012 19:31:22 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=26335#comment-411898 Surprisingly hardy is the perfect description.

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By: anja http://www.designmom.com/2012/11/gift-guide-3-toys-toys-toys/comment-page-1/#comment-411887 anja Wed, 14 Nov 2012 18:59:58 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=26335#comment-411887 I like the Ikea tea set. Other than that we just go with good old lego and playmobil.

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By: Becca F http://www.designmom.com/2012/11/gift-guide-3-toys-toys-toys/comment-page-1/#comment-411884 Becca F Wed, 14 Nov 2012 18:33:49 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=26335#comment-411884 Have you seen the toy catalog by Land of Nod? It totally blew my mind!

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By: Fiona http://www.designmom.com/2012/11/gift-guide-3-toys-toys-toys/comment-page-1/#comment-411883 Fiona Wed, 14 Nov 2012 18:31:42 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=26335#comment-411883 My 3 year old has a good collection of “Thomas” trains but has asked for a Gordon, when I asked why he particularly wanted/needed Gordon, he said – he was tired of playing with the imaginary Gordon

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By: Donna C. http://www.designmom.com/2012/11/gift-guide-3-toys-toys-toys/comment-page-1/#comment-411856 Donna C. Wed, 14 Nov 2012 17:59:29 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=26335#comment-411856 Love the symphony toy. I’m tempted to get it even though my girls are 6 and 11.

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By: Gina http://www.designmom.com/2012/11/gift-guide-3-toys-toys-toys/comment-page-1/#comment-411852 Gina Wed, 14 Nov 2012 17:47:22 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=26335#comment-411852 That bike looks awesome! My husband works for a bike company and I bet they don’t sell these!

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By: Helen http://www.designmom.com/2012/11/gift-guide-3-toys-toys-toys/comment-page-1/#comment-411844 Helen Wed, 14 Nov 2012 17:25:23 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=26335#comment-411844 We love the Ikea tea set. I bought a set for my girls a few years ago and it is surprisingly hardy. We have had a few pieces broken, but not many. I bought a second set last year and now we have enough for all the girls’ dolls to party.

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