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What are you getting your 6yo dd?

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JiltedJohnsJulie Mon 02-Sep-13 20:13:01

So far she has asked for an experiment set and some lush bath bombs...

pokesandprodsforthelasttime Sun 22-Sep-13 16:09:59

DD got a Gross Science set last year, it's a bit like a chemistry set but catered for her sense of humour too - its all about making disgusting things like snot and bad smells. It wasn't brilliant and you have to buy ingredients on top of the set, but it's what she really wanted.

I'm looking for ideas for this year too. DD seems to have grown out of a lot of her toys in the last year.

She still plays with her dolls and teddies but we have loads of them. She also likes craft stuff, comics, activity books, quizzes and playing on the computer.

I need to get her stuff to keep her busy as I'm having a baby in January!

JerseySpud Sun 22-Sep-13 15:28:50

Must add most of that has come from Amazon or in the sales so nothing cost more than £10. Apart from the log cabin. That cost £30

JerseySpud Sun 22-Sep-13 15:28:17

DD1 will be just under 7 at Christmas but so far i've bought her

Sylvanian families log cabin, panda set, christmas set, skidoo and ice skating duo

Lego friends: Olivias treehouse and Emmas horse trailer

Ds Game: Nintendogs Labrador i think

My parents are getting her a cd player.

She did her christmas list yesterday and thankfully most of her list i've got but she has askd for Disney Infinity too hmm

JiltedJohnsJulie Sun 22-Sep-13 12:51:02

They all sound brilliant thank you so much. Don't think she has seen one advertised, she's just a bit experiment mad!

fuzzpig Sun 22-Sep-13 08:57:22

I always wanted a chemistry set when I was younger.

I'm just wondering, if the science sets you're looking at online look a bit naff/have bad reviews, could you make your own? Get a nice big box, a white coat, maybe a special scientist name badge, goggles, test tube rack and experiment ingredients? Notebook/clipboard for recording results? Or even those exercise books she might use at school where it's blank at the top (for a picture/diagram) and lined on the bottom for writing. They are called project books in whsmith.

At home we have done lots of cool experiments just using kitchen stuff - vinegar/bicarb volcano, mentos in diet coke, dying flowers, mixing colours using kitchen paper. Must get round to doing chromatography (use coffee filter paper IIRC), also DH has found some awesome looking ideas on Pinterest for stuff like making a cloud in a jar! You can make a hovercraft too using an old cd, a sports bottle lid and a balloon.

There's loads of great books out there for kids' science experiments, maybe ask in your library (I think it's around 500 in the Dewey system, there should be some in the children's section - I got loads out and just went through each one picking out the ones that looked fun/foolproof and then made a list of what we'd need.

It depends if she would be happy with an obviously home made gift (particularly if she's seen something particular advertised) but I think you might be able to do a lot more with a home made kit if you research it, as the commercial stuff seems a bit sterile IYSWIM?

JiltedJohnsJulie Sat 21-Sep-13 22:43:59

It's just so hard. Still can't find a science set that looks any good either, but then she's probably changed her mind on that one already...

bymoonlight Sat 21-Sep-13 22:09:13

I know what you mean, they get to 6yo and they seem to have everything they need (bike, scooter etc) from previous birthdays and Christmases.

JiltedJohnsJulie Sat 21-Sep-13 22:03:35

Agree with you on the GPs. You don't want extra work if you are pg. She had a new scotter for her birthday and has a new to her bike. She already has a GP too...

Gid I'm struggling and I don't even think I spoil them, the bike was out of a skip ffs.

bymoonlight Sat 21-Sep-13 21:57:22

DD1 will be 6 before xmas.

She is getting a cd player for birthday and a kindle for Christmas as she ignores toys and I am fed up with wasting my money.

She already has a bike and a scooter (micro scooter was the best money I've spent).

The other option was Guinea Pigs. Which I decided against as I am 23wks pg and didn't think introducing pets into the house atm was a wise idea.

JiltedJohnsJulie Sat 21-Sep-13 21:44:48

Am absolutely still completely and utterly clueless!

Help me...

NumptyNu Wed 04-Sep-13 22:02:07

Roller skates here...

jamtoast12 Wed 04-Sep-13 19:40:00

I'd take her to a music shop to look through the options. Dd initially bought this ukulele (I convinced her its the same as a guitar grin )

But its totally different, look, weight, sound etc. its sooooo tiny! i think it felt very toy like compared to a guitar although if not fussed either way I'm sure it'd fine. Its just dd knew a ukulele was not a small guitar! She actually cried for ages so much so we went to about 3 diff argos stores for guitar!

JiltedJohnsJulie Wed 04-Sep-13 19:22:00

Glad onesies are still in vogue, saw some really cute ones yesterday and dd loved hers last year.

toffee don't know that much about guitars really but you can get left handed ones.

AnyFuleKno Wed 04-Sep-13 19:03:25

Toffee: yes absolutely will work for a left hander, you just put the strings on in different order.

wheredidiputit Wed 04-Sep-13 14:31:37

I have no idea - struggling with her birthday on Saturday.
But I know if I ask her it will be pink/purple sparkley top,skirt,dress or shoes.

So basically if it is pink the brighter the better covered in glitter the she will be happy. I on the other hand will moan about all the bloody glitter on everything.

toffeelolly Wed 04-Sep-13 14:16:25

Never thought of a ukelele any ,but will keep it in mind , thank"s. I was wondering my dd is left handed and was wondering if she could still use a guitar or ukelele, ? She does really want a guitar so hopefully it will be smile

AnyFuleKno Wed 04-Sep-13 08:21:16

Toffee have you thought about a ukelele? They are cheap and give all the basics skills for picking up guitar when your dd is bigger

toffeelolly Wed 04-Sep-13 07:51:50

Thanks Jamtoast, funny it's a pink one she is looking.It looks a good smile

jamtoast12 Wed 04-Sep-13 07:03:44

jamtoast12 Wed 04-Sep-13 07:03:33


Mine got this for her 5th birthday and loves it! The size is ok (slightly big then, now ok a year later). She can't play or properly but her and her sister put shows on etc so its used daily. I highly recommend. (I have a go myself smile. )

My dd would have hated an electric guitar (she thinks she's barbie as some of the movies have her playing the guitar and its pink in the movies too)!

toffeelolly Tue 03-Sep-13 23:52:06

Thanks jilted, would go for a acoustic guitar rather than electric, how much would you pay for a decent one? Really trying to put her off , but she is not having it. Oh I think onesies are still really in I love them .

JiltedJohnsJulie Tue 03-Sep-13 22:48:00

all my dd had a paper jamz last year. It was £5 from home bargains which was great.

JiltedJohnsJulie Tue 03-Sep-13 15:00:19

Well just made a start on the stocking fillers. Sainsburys have a notebook with a padlock and key for £1.79. Think she will like that. Will look at science sets online later.

Are onesies still in or are they "just so last year mum"? smile

fuzzpig Tue 03-Sep-13 11:46:21

Main presents are to share with her 4yo brother as they pretty much play with all the same stuff!:
Playmobil pyramid (main present from Santa)
Lego bricks/wheels etc to boost their collection
Bit box of craft stuff (lots from haberdashers as she loves making dresses for her dolls)

Hopefully also getting a framed poster of her favourite painting (Starry Starry Night by Van Gogh) which will be hung up by Santa rather than wrapped grin

JiltedJohnsJulie Tue 03-Sep-13 10:14:51

toffee does she want an acoustic or an electric? There are a few 7yo at our school with acoustics as one of the teachers runs a guitar club. I'd be inclined to get her a decent one, the kiddy toy type ones are just not worth bothering with.

IHeart I would get her a proper camera. My dn had one from that age with a case and was fine. How about something like this?

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