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Help - i have no idea what to get for DD aged 4 1/2

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SplashingInPuddles Tue 17-Nov-15 19:38:33

I feel totally useless but have absolutely no idea what to get my DD, she is 4 1/2. confused

DS is getting a ride on digger and I am stuck with ideas for DD. I am worried she will compare the actual size of her present as opposed to the value (which she wont understand).

They don't need toys really - we are drowning in them and have no space really.

So far she has a hex bug, a care bear and some books (she loves being read to).

She is very creative, loves singing, music and loves craft stuff (which we have loads of), she has a bike already.

DD is also very enquiring and loves the outdoors.

She has dolls but wont choose these all the time - she plays with her brother using more imaginative play.

Please help me with some suggestions!

Leeds2 Tue 17-Nov-15 19:51:52

Play kitchen if she doesn't have one.

Trunk packed with dressing up outfits and accessories.


Easel/chalk board.

Craft hamper.

SitsOnFence Tue 17-Nov-15 19:54:37

CD player with microphone and lots of CDs?

SplashingInPuddles Tue 17-Nov-15 19:58:15

SitsON Fence - that's a good idea thank you.

Leeds2 - what do you mean by a craft hamper please? They got the ikea kitchen last year from father Christmas and they both have lots of dressing up stuff - but they are great ideas thank you, she might like another dress.

What do you think about a keyboard?

HerdOfRhino Tue 17-Nov-15 19:59:23

A puppet theatre

hippoherostandinghere Tue 17-Nov-15 20:05:59

DD will be 4 1/2 at Christmas. She loves arts and crafts so I've got her lots of different craft kits - aquabeads, glitziglobes, playdoh. She loves board games and really wants disney princess guess who. She's also getting a bike and a pram.

Other things she loves are my little pony, barbies, disney princess, shopkins.

slkk Tue 17-Nov-15 20:05:50

Ds will get a play kitchen for birthday and magnetic whiteboard for Christmas so he can pretend to be at school. He has a kids' CD player from argos already and loves it. The book people have some great audio books for his age.

hippoherostandinghere Tue 17-Nov-15 20:07:09

Oh and we have got a karaoke machine as well with a few different cds which DD will love!

Twistedheartache Tue 17-Nov-15 20:07:35

Watching - I'm in exactly the same position.
I think that's why I've bought the singing elsa doll really even though it will drive me to distraction!
My mum's getting her a keyboard coz she keeps talking about learning piano but I'm really stuck

SplashingInPuddles Tue 17-Nov-15 20:09:55

HerdOfRhino - that's a lovely idea too!

oooh keep them coming!

SplashingInPuddles Tue 17-Nov-15 20:12:32

ooops I missed some posts - a CD player sounds like a plan. She is getting the Roald Dahl book set so the CDs may also be an option.

kiwidreamer Tue 17-Nov-15 20:27:10

My DD is 4.5 yrs too she is getting... Canterlot Castle, a few small MLP and two Equestria girl dolls, toddler Anna doll to match Elsa from last year, blu blu the baby dolphin, Hama beads and a bunch of templates from Aliexpress and wooden beads to make necklaces etc

As a combined present with her 7yr old brother playmobil pool, car and caravan and campsite.

Bounced Tue 17-Nov-15 20:33:58

She's asked for a medical kit, a rocket that works, a walking Winnie the Pooh and a two wheel scooter. Plus a load of other random things.

She'll get some of that plus books, story CDs (she has a CD player)and an Aqua play set (to share with her sister) which I'm hoping will be good for the summer.

SplashingInPuddles Tue 17-Nov-15 21:21:53

thanks everyone - I have just ordered her some hama beads and some bike bits.

Still need to find something 'big' I think!

LittleAlligator Tue 17-Nov-15 21:26:31

Swing Car off of Amazon?

Admittedly, I haven't seen these in real life but they look cool on the website! smile

Artandco Tue 17-Nov-15 21:29:02

Wooden marble run, like Haba brand

Camera? Vtech do one.
Binoculars for outdoors time?

VoldemortsNipple Tue 17-Nov-15 22:05:59

Ask her teacher what she likes to play with in school. How about Knex, Lego or a marble run.

If she likes imaginative play, why not make some role play boxes like a post office or shop. You could buy a till then add things like writing sets, stamps, cheap birthday cards, pens etc for post office play or food items and a shopping basket for shop play.

Or what about a desk and chair with stationary so she has a big present but something useful too.

WhatWouldTheDoctorDo Tue 17-Nov-15 22:10:40

Another vote for a puppet theatre. DS has one that folds away. Ticks the physically big box, doesn't take up space all the time and good for children who like imaginative play. Tell-tale puppets are great with it too.

WhatWouldTheDoctorDo Tue 17-Nov-15 22:14:18

It's the tellatale puppet theatre and shop on Amazon. I forgot it doubled up as a shop!

SplashingInPuddles Tue 17-Nov-15 22:25:47

I saw the puppet theatre on Amazon that doubles as a shop.

They have all the other stuff as a colleague of DH gave dd a car full of toys from her grand daughter. She is a very lucky girl.

I like the post office idea with cards and stuff

Unfortunately we have a lack of space which is really annoying! I think I need to explore the kondo threads in housekeeping blush

nilbyname Wed 18-Nov-15 08:13:10

I've got my dad a karaoke machine with mic and a fur coat. She has some other little bits, but that's the main thing.

ipanicked Wed 18-Nov-15 08:55:42

Ooh thanks I'm getting some fab ideas; am also stuck for DD who is the same age. All I have so far are some lottie dolls. The camera idea is great!
I was also thinking of making up a fort kit with blankets (DD loves blankets!) fairy lights and maybe that massive soft toy dog from ikea for indoor camping?

SitsOnFence Wed 18-Nov-15 12:52:45

Have you seen the pl-ug den building kits ipanicked?

The small one is £12.50 and would be great with a load of cheap and cheerful IKEA fleece blankets.

BabiesComeWithHats Wed 18-Nov-15 12:56:02

DD, another doll dodger, is getting some Sylvanian families stuff. My mum got her a small set last Christmas and it's been played with quite a bit so hopefully a new bigger one will turn out to be good play value.

I do hide some of the smallest parts though at this age (4.3).

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