I still get really excited in a toy store, I'm sorry but I can't help it, and I hope I will always find magic through the aisle of Toys R Us and any other toy store that crosses my path (if you are ever in NY, you need to check out the toy stores in Times Square and the FAO Schwarz on 5th Ave!)
I am obviously partial to girl's toys, and I am so glad I have my little girl to shop for, and especially at Christmas time I like to go a little crazy... :)
This year I'm really going to try to keep it "less" crazy because at this point we are swimming in toys everywhere, and it becomes difficult keeping the house clean when I have to pick up 20 Barbies, 7 Fairies, 15 Mini Ponies, 12 Lalaloopsies girls, 400 crayons, 100 stickers, 50 hot wheels cars (her father's influence), 30 assorted stuffed animals, uno cards, play money in paper and coins, coloring books and reading books, puzzle pieces and Lego figurines off the floor every 4 hours or so, because my daughter is an equal opportunity player and makes sure she hits all of her toys on every playing session, so no matter how much I clean, 4 hours later ALL OF HER TOYS are back on the floor.
This year she is 4, and the main lesson I'm trying to teach her is to clean up after herself, but so far it's not sticking, and since I'm not a fast learner either (at least when it comes to this) I am already looking at new toys to get her for Christmas! So let the madness begin!
Well, she is not really asking for it, but she has started to carry around as "her baby" this mini pony that she wraps in a blanket and rocks to sleep. Honestly, she has had already at least 4 baby dolls in the past, but I guess she was too small to understand how to play mommy with them. Now I think it's time for one of the Baby Alive dolls.
Baby Alive Real Surprises Baby Doll
At first I didn't get these Lalaloopsies, I thought they were weird looking, but now that my daughter has a few of the little ones and we have played with them together and I've learned their names and appreciated their differences, I want them all! Except there are so many that I don't think we can afford them all...
Lalaloopsy Jewel Sparkles Doll
I'm still not sure which one I will get, as I am still researching all of the ones available from Amazon, but I think I'm leaning towards a "talking" one. That is a globe that tells you the name of the country when you point at it with your finger or with a stylus. Some of them have lights also, and I think it will also work great as a soft night light if left on during night time.
Educational Insights Geosafari Jr Talking Globe
She always watches me cook, and whenever I cook she goes to her little pretend kitchen and starts cooking, also. If I make pasta, I have to share some of the still hard zitis with her, so that she can cook them over on her stove. She already has some plastic pots, but after seeing this set from Melissa and Doug, I think it's time for an upgrade!
Melissa & Doug Let's Play House Pots Pans Set
Finally, let me share two toys she "already" has, and that have provided, and still continue to provide, great fun for her:
Who doesn't love a doll's house?!? After looking around for days, I finally settled on this Annabelle house. And I built it all by myself (it took hours!). My daughter has had it for almost a year now, and every day she finds new ways to play with it. It's made out of wood and it feels very sturdy, so I feel this house will be around for a long time (which is great because it wasn't cheap). KidKraft Wooden Annabelle Pretend Play Dollhouse
Just like Bingo, but a little easier for a 4 years old to follow. The game has helped her understand rules and turns, and competition, but also how nobody wins all the time, and that it's ok to lose sometimes. I think up to 8 players can play at the same time, so it's great for family reunions and holidays. ThinkFun Zingo
So what's on your gift list for little girls?