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Onlyhappywhenitrains Sat 20-Oct-12 14:55:54

My ds is 3.5 and these are the toys we have loved so far:

Imaginext fire station
Brio train track
Tomica hypercity train set
Playmobil car wash
Balance bike
Play doh sweetie cyclone - adores this but not much interest in other play doh sets.
Tool box and tool kit
Marble run

Stuff that he has pretty much ignored:

Step2 play kitchen. Bloody expensive and ignored since last Christmas.
Any character toy (only exception appears to be fireman Sam. Not bothered with any other character toys and they all seem so badly made)
Playmobil boat (not interested, had no wheels)
Mobilo - no interest in building
Mega bloks, never ever played with, not once.

We have a number of in the middle type toys that get a bit of attention occasionally but aren't played with as frequently as most loved toys, yet are still played with often enough to stop me chucking them out.

What have your dc liked or not liked?

gregssausageroll Sat 20-Oct-12 15:10:41


Imaginext stuff. Pretty much it all bar the dinosaur. He is getting bat cave from santa.
Buzzlightyear and woody
Cars, the ones that breed overnight as he seems to have hundreds!

His bike and scooter. He is such an outdoors boy. Also trampoline

Didn't like
Crafts, paints, drawing and books
Kiddizoom camera
Wooden train table set - must sell that.

Ds is 4.

LadyMargolotta Sat 20-Oct-12 15:11:34

Have you tried putting the playmobil boat into his bath?

RhinestoneCowgirl Sat 20-Oct-12 15:30:29

Don't see any lego on the list. DS always ignored megabloks (models seem to fall apart too much) but loved duplo at that age, now he's on the little stuff and DD has inherited the duplo stash. She's 4 at Christmas and I think it's the toy she plays with most.

She has an octonauts toy which she loves with a passion, I like it as it's nice and sturdy, generally try and avoid character stuff.

olibeansmummy Sat 20-Oct-12 22:51:53

Ds is 3.4


Big boys bike
Balance bike
Playmobil ( where did you get the car wash, he'd love that)
Cars toys
Talking buzz and woody ( he's asked for Jessie this Christmas)
Remote control car
My 1st scalextric


That's it really.

Marne Sun 21-Oct-12 08:16:25

Hate hate hate:
moon dough
Anything that involves melting chocolate

Lego and lego Duple
Guess who extra

littlemoon14 Sun 21-Oct-12 11:21:50

ds 4 3/4


batman cave
fireman sam toys.(everyone says these are rubbish but he has played with me everyday for last two years.)
play doh.
black/white board

never plays with

wooden train table set. cost £100 only played with one.

NormanTheForeman Sun 21-Oct-12 11:24:16

Aww, nice to see several of you love Playmobil! smile

PrettyPirate Sun 21-Oct-12 11:32:11

DS is 3.5 and loves:
Buzz Lightyear and all toy story stuff
Little character toys he's been buying from car boot sales ( the ones you get with mcd happy meals)
Happyland castle (might get him bigger castle this christmas as above mentioned characters won't fit the little castle anymore)

Doesn't play with:
Wooden train set
Balance bike

Onlyhappywhenitrains Sun 21-Oct-12 13:35:49

I was wondering about duplo but didn't know whether just to wait and go straight to lego when he turns 4?
We have a few Playmobil bits and ds does like them.

Little moon I don't think the fireman Sam toys are bad at all really, yes they are a little lightweight for the price but we got them at half price so for that I think they are ok.

Olibean I think we got the car wash off amazon. I believe it is quite hard to find, it sprays real water but doesn't make a mess as the water goes back into the bottom of the car wash. Ds loves it. Maybe look on eBay if amazon no longer have them?

gregssausageroll Sun 21-Oct-12 16:05:37

Goodness, that is a few of u.s with unliked wooden train tables.

DesperatelySeekingSedatives Sun 21-Oct-12 17:06:55

DD (5) loves:

Sylvanian Families
Snakes and Ladders
Happy Land Fairy boot (Although she has given that up recently in favour of more SF)

Didn't like:

The rest of the happyland stuff never interested her much.

Toy kitchen (ELC plastic one- badly made)

Baby Dolls- after the age of about 2 she just wasn't interested. Her cousin who is only a few months younger still loves them though.

Moon Dough- It just did not do what she expected it too. And I now have a permanant stain on my sofa where she opened a bag of it and it went everywhere!

ELC art Easel Thought she'd love it, my dad got it for her birthday. It was ignored in favour of chalking on the patio. Oh dear.

Mankychester Sun 21-Oct-12 17:21:07

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

RhinestoneCowgirl Sun 21-Oct-12 19:20:25

yy Hotwheels are always a disappointment.

A load of matchbox cars and a length of drainpipe on the other hand are excellent fun...

FluffyFish Sun 21-Oct-12 19:29:16

Dd, nearly 2, loves wooden train set, probably because we do so it's one of out favourite play as a family toys.

Also loves toy till that beeps and toy food.

olibeansmummy Sun 21-Oct-12 20:24:38

Thanks onlyhappy I had a look on amazon and its bit there sad will keep looking as he'd go mental for that! He lives the vehicles and the swimming pool and his vehicles often get a wash in the pool lol so it would be perfect!

Definately go for proper lego, a box of bricks and a couple of very small sets ( eg lightening mc queen, mater, boats, little cars etc are perfect for their attention span) would be great.

MollyMurphy Sun 21-Oct-12 20:31:29

rhinestonecowgirl.......length of drain pipe - that is an awesome suggestion.

(Runs out to the garage) grin

Onlyhappywhenitrains Sun 21-Oct-12 20:31:45

There are a couple of car washes on eBay, second hand but should be ok. My ds is obsessed with car washes for some reason!

olibeansmummy Sun 21-Oct-12 22:36:16

Thanks, ill have to get bidding! ( maybe not the one that's £99 though, wow!)

BeaWheesht Sun 21-Oct-12 22:59:37

Ds (5)

Loved/ loves
Happy land
Toy story (crap quality some of it though tbh)
Toy kitchen
Toy trolley
Cleaning trolley with brush and mop etc - he adored this when little
Star wars figures (prefers stuff from 80s tbh)
Disney cars
Hama beads
imaginext - brilliant
Dressing up stuff

Waste of time

Hot wheels tracks
Leapfrog game thing
Klip kitz

Dd (2)

Dolls and pram
Cars and little people road
Imaginext dinosaur
Happy land dinosaur
Train table
Crafty stuff

Doesn't play with

happy land house
Flash card games
Any character stuff

Onlyhappywhenitrains Sun 21-Oct-12 23:26:09

I have bought ds the hot wheels bubble wash (continuing car wash obsession). I hope it's not too shit, it seemed to have reasonable reviews online.

LucyBorgia Sun 21-Oct-12 23:42:08

3 yr old dd
Loves scooter
Elc kitchen and big box of play food
Box of little people and cars (being slowly replaced with playmobil but played with nearly every day for three years)
Toy Hoover,lawnmower,mop etc
Old fashioned little blackboard for games of naughts and crosses

Enjoys about once a month....
Wooden train set

Never looked at
Bloody moon sand
Anything peppa pig / ben and holly related shocking quality

Sagelyhaunting Sun 21-Oct-12 23:43:50

Buzz, Woody, Mr Potato Head
The Thomas the Tank train set (very simple, pull back and let go type one)
The big toy kitchen has been in use every day for 2 years smile
Fireman sam stuff, but I'm not too impressed with the quality
Playmobil Fire engine and fire helicopter, Knights not so much.
Space hopper and inflatable bouncy horse thing
Playdoh, DS2 22months LOVES this
Cars and garage
Toy musical instruments
Playing cards
Toy mobile phones

Not so great:
Vtech camera-still used occasionally
Vtech Toy laptop
Board games-maybe 4.10 is too young?
Buckaroo type game with Tigger-impossible to set up
All stuffed toys except for 2 elephants

The playmo car wash sounds so cool!

youonlysingwhenyourewinning Sun 21-Oct-12 23:48:12

I have 3 children. Over the years they have loved:

Balance bike
Lego (particularly Harry Potter)
Paper and pens!
Mozaic art
Baby Annabel and pram
Walkie talkies
Top trumps
Pack of cards

Massive fails:

Remote control tarantula hmm
Wooden dolls house
Zhu zhu pets
Voice controlled secret diary

applecrumbleandcream Mon 22-Oct-12 01:35:59

Absolutely massive hit in our house for dd (5) is Hama beads, loves them and has been playing with them for years. We don't bother to iron them she just loves to make patterns on the boards.

Playmobil swimming pool
Pop to the Shops game
Hungry Hippos game
Bop it extra
Nintendo 3DS
Build a Bear
Peppa Pig giant snakes and ladders

Perfume making kit
Tooth Fairy game
Button Bracelet maker
Toystory Bullseye on a stand
La La Loopsy crazy hair doll
Moon sand
Pig goes Pop game

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