I took the opportunity to organize our toy situation yesterday and I found that a) we have a lot of really crummy toys and b) we don't have many toys that are worth keeping for the next generation.
I would like to remedy this.
In the future, I'd like to invest in Legos and Playmobile. But as for now, I would prefer to not have to patrol my children's mouths for small plastic parts. What I'm in the market for is a dollhouse. A dollhouse is my own unrealized childhood dream and Maggie spent hours playing with one at Aunt Kathy and Uncle Garth's in Las Vegas last weekend--completely content.
It so happens that Maggie's birthday is fast approaching and Christmas is a hop-skip-and-a-jump (okay, more like a long jump) after that. So, I have some prime toy buying occassions on my hands.
What to get? Here are some ideas I've had, but I know there are some really smart Moms out there who know toys and toy buying better than I do, so please! share your experience!
My First Dollhouse ($29), Target (I like that this one doesn't have small parts that would be easily lost or choked on)
Disney Princess Figurine Set ($9) Target (Maggie has a real thing for Disney lately)
Loving Family Dollhouse, ($69) Toys R Us (This would be really fun to add to and collect over time, i.e. as she gets older and more responsible with toys)
I'm also thinking, though that Maggie would have a ball with a collection of animals--you know the kind they sell at the zoo and in bins at toy stores? I could start buying those until she has amassed a whole ark-full.
What toys are your kids' favorites? What do you recommend?