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Krista’s 2011 Christmas Picks For Tots

My kids might be a little older than Jamie’s, but that doesn’t mean they know what they want any more than hers!

Our kids are Miles, age 3.5, and Spencer, who will be 2 in February.  Miles has been reading for almost a year so he loves letters and numbers and stuff for older kids.  He’s pretty easy to shop for and because he is older he gives nice reactions when you give him a present.  Spencer is tougher to buy for.  Being the second child and only 19 months younger than his brother, he inherits very nice things from his brother.  He doesn’t really want for anything, so it can be difficult to choose what “younger” toys to introduce.

My slight dilemma is that I try to keep the amount spent equal between the boys and have tried to do only 3 gifts per child.  I’m not sure how we’ll be able to keep that tradition this year.  Poor Spencer’s list is pretty bleak, but our gifts list for both boys is pretty cool.

Ideas for Miles (Age 3.5)

LeapFrog LeapPad Explorer

Yes, I’m one of those parents, trying desperately to track down a LeapPad because I didn’t pre-order or work ahead to ensure I would get one.  To be honest, I resisted putting this on our list, because we have so many gadgets already.  But I really like the idea of him having his own kid-tough gadget with a stylus and built-in camera/camcorder.  I think he will LOVE it…if we can find one!  He has seen a picture and commercial of it and seems very interested in it.  When asked about what he wants for Christmas, Miles will say “I want a Leap iPad!…And Spencer wants the old iPad!” Ha!  Apparently our 2 year old will be getting a $500 tablet as a hand-me-down.  (Not exactly.  Mommy and Daddy will be getting it back.)

Have any of you been lucky enough to score a LeapPad Explorer?

Update:  I GOT ONE!!!!
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LeapFrog Leapster Explorer

If I can’t manage to track down a LeapPad, my next best idea is to get Miles a Leapster Explorer.  I know, I know, don’t give up.  But I also don’t want to be gift-less on Christmas Day.  I’m almost considering buying a Leapster now and holding on to it in case I can’t find a LeapPad.  If I DO find a LeapPad, I’ll return the Leapster…or give it to Spencer for his birthday.  (What would you do?)

Anyway, the Leapster is still very very cool.  It doesn’t have a built-in camera, but you can purchase one separately.  Miles’s best buddies are getting Leapsters for Christmas and it would be fun for them to play them together.  I like that the Leapster has a recharging dock that you can purchase separately (whereas the LeapPad can only run on batteries OR an AC adapter).

Have you had the LeapPad vs. Leapster debate?  What did you decide were the winning factors behind your choice?

The Ladybug Game

As previously discussed, Miles loves board games.  I can’t wait to try this game with him!

Ideas for Spencer (Age 21 months)

Lego Duplo Bricks

The boys (both of them) really like playing with Legos, but we don’t have more than one small box of them.  We need more, and I decided to make them a little Lego table using an idea I saw on Pinterest.  I have a small, unused end table and bought a large building plate to glue down.  I’m pretty excited about the Lego table.  I  know it’s frustrating for little fingers to not be able to build something because the blocks keep falling down.

LeapFrog Tag Jr. Books


We already have a LeapFrog Tag Jr., Miles’s big gift last year, but now that Miles has kinda moved on, I’m going to re-program it to say Spencer’s name instead of Miles’s. He could use some new books, though, and there are some new titles out this year.

Ideas for both boys

Fisher-Price I Can Play Basketball

I think our boys would absolutely have a ball (Get it? See what I did there?) with this basketball set.  They love throwing balls around and after a few months of having to hold my arms out as a hoop and getting hit in the face, I’m ready for them to have a real basketball set.

Dress Up Clothes & Trunk

I haven’t decided on this one, but I have to say, it’s pretty cute.  The boys already have some dress up clothes, but I need a good way to store them so that they can easily try them on.

Tool Bench/Workshop Set

The boys love “helping” us do all kinds of things around the house, and I’m ready for them to have a little construction set.  This one is adorable has has “real” projects they can build!

Updated to add:

Building Log Set

I love the classic look of Lincoln Logs and these American-made sets are just as cool, if not more so!  Personally, I want one of these for our boys but I haven’t convinced my husband that it wouldn’t just be a big mess.  What do you think??

Cardboard Blocks

Both boys love building with the large block set in our church nursery and I think I want to get some for home.  I love that they’re big, tough, and easy for little hands to play with.

Are any of these items on your kids’ lists?

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About Krista

Krista is a full-time working mom of two boys, currently aged 6 and 7. She lives in Kentucky with her husband, Brandon.