First the real realness. You guys are blowing WANA out of the water this year. I will help in any way I can. But as I check comments every night, I am always so proud to host this here on this little dumb website that has mspaint drawings of nonsense and penguins.
I always always get emails and facebook messages asking about what I’m into/G’s into/Ruby likes/ B likes. A quick answer is G is into everything. Ruby is into throwing. B is into nothing. And no one really asks me what I like.
But I’ll expand. This post is dedicated to the G Train. I have done a LOT of research on this one you guys. Mostly because I will have to live with this shit in my house for at least a year. His birthday is a few weeks before Christmas so I need to be on top of this. I researched gifts for the 3-4 year old that are fun, creative, promote awesome and will turn my child into a rockstar who can one day financially support his mother’s online shopping habit.
But also just some trucks.
Ok here is G’s Christmas list as dictated by mom. This will probably only last one more year. The dictating that is. Well, it’s going away already. He told me his NUMBER one request from Santa is a Crack Breaker. Oh you don’t know what that is? It’s THIS:
Back to real life.
ok that picture blows. But click it and it takes you to the page. So I work at G’s school in a classroom for 3-4 year olds. Guys, these things are sort of old school but rule. They don’t have anything like it anymore. These are the tracks that all hook together and you can tape them to a shelf or a window and make crazy tracks all over your house for cars. The kids LOVE it. Get a pack of these to go with it.
Next. Back to trucks. G has almost every truck that any quality construction site would ever need. And if you walk into a Toys R Us, 90% of them will be crap. I promise. But THIS brand is amazing. It’s german and I can’t say enough good things about it. They look real, they are high quality and are sort of made to break and snap back together if they do.
This one is the BEST. It’s G’s favorite and totally amazing
But anything by Bruder will be a huge hit.
Ok I know. You’re all…a GAME? Like my 3 year old will sit through a GAME. Trust me on this one. I have recommendations on this sneaky squirrel game from hippie friends and republicans all alike. Everyone says that kids eat this shit up. I can’t say much more about it, other than it’s a good first game to teach kids how to not be a dick at games. You know who I’m talking about. I’m talking about me at 6 years old cheating against my mom at Connect 4 every damn day.
I always forget about bath toys at present time. G loves things that GO. And things that go inside of things that go are double best. I love Green Toys (the brand). They are all made of recycled materials. This will be a winner.
This is by Plan Toys. Another super favorite brand around here. They make cool toys that are modern, not plasticky and just plain awesome to have around. This is the parking garage. I mean….G will die. But I really have my eye on THIS for Ruby…..
ok if not for Ruby, I’ll just keep it in my closet for …whatever. I just will.
and them to live in it.
So my babycenter.com stupid weekly email updates that I STILL get from when I was pregnant tell me that 3-4 year old’s LOVE to play doctor. This is the money age for a doctor set. This one looks awesomely diverse. Poor Charlie is in trouble.
G ALMOST likes…more than obscure construction vehicles…building stuff. He likes to build “dark houses”. This means it has a roof. Towers, tunnels, castles, houses, cars…all have to be dark. Weird=kids. So a lot of building things are on our list as well. These are rated really well
They are gears that all fit together to make things move and work. Ahhh I can just hear the screams now “NO RUBY NO DON’T TOUCH THAT”
How fun is this?
Ok that picture makes it look not fun. But it’s blocks you stand on with the strings that you hold to give you “monster feet” and make you tall. Yay for indoor fun. Yay for 10 dollar gifts.
G will die over this one. It’s a digger crane that you can take apart with tools and build again. BAM 2 birds, dead. It’s sort of like that weird show Dinosaur Train. Just taking 2 random things that kids love and making one thing out of them. Works every time.
If you guys don’t have Duplos yet, you need them immed. They are beginner Legos. We have 2 starter kits and a construction kit and it’s still not enough to make our “dark houses”. This is the big set. They are awesome. But what kids really like are the pieces to make cars.
So you could just get this, or get it as an add on
Click it and watch the video. It looks awesome and gets great reviews. The kids sit on it and wiggle around and go super fast. It looks like a really fun creative outside or maaaaybe inside toy for like 5 minutes.
This friends though is the money gift for my super digger:
You can’t really tell, but it’s RIDE ON-ABLE. Meaning your kid sits on it, digs shit up and loses their mind. There is one at the sandbox in our school and kids LINE THE DAMN STREETS to get on it. It’s also almost half price right now
G does a lot of holding random things (like spoons, shoes, tissues) and making them talk “oh hiii!” So making an actual puppet may blow his mind. I love Melissa And Doug everything and this looks adorable.
We are also doing a lot of pretend money things. He asks more about money and says that Daddy goes to work to “get money”. This makes for a fun game of pretend go to work and get money out of the cash register. Wait.
I’m sorry this picture is so tiny. But I’m even more sorry about how expensive this is. I’m on the fence about this one but it’s literally at the top of every mom’s list. It’s in every classroom and people seriously rave about these. They are magna-tiles. They are magnetic tiles that fit together to build stuff. I mean WHY is it so expensive? It’s on our wish list but I don’t know if I can bring myself to shell out the bucks for this one
And if you don’t want to build with blocks, or tiles or gears…build with TUBES. I mean could we be any buildier?
These also come with great reviews.
Have you guys heard of playsilks? They are big in the hippie community. They are essentially large squares of bright fun fabrics that kids are obsessed over. Think cape, tablecloth, boat, roof, tent…all kinds of things. They idea is that the kids aren’t told what they do, they decide. I know…so hippie. But everyone swears by them.
And when you want to build a fort with your playsilks? Use these. Literally the best piece of genius I’ve ever seen.
As I was writing this, I found this:
It’s like NOT a toy. It’s for geeks who collect mini real things. But there it is. His #1 gift. I don’t believe we’ll be getting that. Sorry G.
This post does contain some affiliate links because I have a mortgage.
Now my favorite part. WHAT did I miss? Anything awesome that’s great for a 3-4 year old Christmas?
Next up will be your 1 year old Christmas: spoiler alert: they need nothing. The end.
Keep on going with your WANA. Get your families some of these gifts.