Toddler Toys for Christmas – What’s Norton Getting?

Shopping for toddler toys is always an adventure.  There are things to look at, like is it actually a good toy?  Is it educational?  Will my kid enjoy it?  Is it a toddler toy that will get played with?  Or will it end up languishing in a bin, forgotten?  Obviously, I’d prefer my choice in toddler toys to be things that Norton will love and play with, and then outgrow and be in great condition when next kid is ready to play with them.

Not that I ask much or anything.

We haven’t gotten much so far.  Part of the problem is that we keep handing Norton toys to play with while we’re trying to shop and we buy them for him.  And he gets to keep them, of course.  I think he’s too old to get to play with toddler toys in the box at the store and then put them away for Christmas.  So, yeah.

Shake and Go Thomas

Shake and Go Thomas – Prince George is a railroad town.  There’s a train that separates my neighborhood from the local woodland park within walking distance of my house.  My father-in-law used to work for the railroad (as an accountant, I think… he rode a desk, not the rails) and used to have one of those amazing train set ups that would have excited Gomez Adams.  I really wanted Norton to be interested in Thomas and to love the Wooden Railway collection… but no dice.  So hopefully, starting small with little things like this will get his attention.  And on the plus side, if he never gets interested in it, at least it didn’t cost much.

Once Upon a Monster for Xbox 360

Sesame Street: Once Upon a Monster – The husband downloaded a demo of this and thought it was adorable.  We have an Xbox 360.  We have a Kinect.  It’s got Elmo, who Norton seems to like.  It’s something that Norton and the husband will do together, and it’s also something that Norton can do when he’s in our room.  (That’s where the home theater room is, as well.)  So, why not?  Worst case scenario, Norton won’t be interested in it for more than ten minutes at a time, and then the husband can switch out the game for something he’d rather play or he can go through and get 100% completion.  You know, like he does on every other game that touches our Xbox.

And, last but not least, we bought Norton more Mega Blocks.  This one is an 80 piece set that has a train to build on.  I’m really, really hoping that he develops an interest in trains soon.  Maybe mixing it with something he’s already crazy about (the blocks) will do the trick.

At least I have a start.  I would have preferred to have started in September, but, hey, the husband and I have different philosophies on Christmas and Christmas shopping.  What’s on your shopping list for your toddler?

About Suzi

Suzi is an American ex-pat living in British Columbia. She's a cloth diaper addict, wife, mom of three, and President of the Prince George chapter of Cloth for a Cause.

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