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When your 3 year old thinks he's 6

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TheBriscoesLady Tue 25-Oct-16 13:53:02

What to get them for Christmas??!!

My 3yo DS (4 in Feb) has an older brother who is 6 and insists that he likes everything the older one likes (Star Wars, Pokémon, Marvel Avengers) but he's really too young to work or understand the toys. I have managed to buy some things which are suitable for both the 3yo and the 6yo so that will avoid fights, but as the 3yo has no interest in more age-appropriate gifts, I'm finding it really hard to think of things for him.

So far I've got hexbugs and 2 different habitats, a digi-pet thing, some cheapo pokemon stuff from aliexpress and some other stocking filler type things like marbles, glow sticks etc. He'd love a hatchimal so I can get that if the bastard things ever come back in stock, but otherwise I'm really stuck for a decent 'big' present' (or a couple of medium ones).

I want to avoid anything too 'babyish' as he'll not bother with it, but I don't want to get him everything his older brother gets because he won't be able to work it and he'll get frustrated and wreck it.

Anyone in a similar situation? What are you getting your 3yos who think they're much older?

wonderingsoul Tue 25-Oct-16 16:03:59

Imagnext sets they do avengers in them but are well built and hardy they do small and large sets. Perfect for his age all the way up to 8ish. So something they could play together

wonderingsoul Tue 25-Oct-16 16:09:16

Loads like this they also do other chacater sets to

Hensintheskirting Tue 25-Oct-16 16:11:38

I was going to suggest imaginext too - I've got 2 boys of 3 and 6 too and they love this stuff. It's very robust and chunky so good for the 3 year old but is superhero and cool enough to interest the 6 year old. Take a look...

UniversalTruth Tue 25-Oct-16 16:41:08

What about a remote control car? Most of them say age 5+ but I've bought one for ds for Christmas who will be just 4 and I think he'll be able to make it go forwards and backwards if not stunt tricks quite yet!

UniversalTruth Tue 25-Oct-16 16:41:42

Sorry, should have said it's the elc truck one which is half price for half term

gigglingHyena Tue 25-Oct-16 20:13:35

Lego have some superheros sets. The lego juniors sets are a bit less fiddly to put together than some of the sets aimed at older children, but still use the same bricks as the rest of the lego range.

TheBriscoesLady Tue 25-Oct-16 21:34:24

Thanks, will check out imaginext. He's quite wily though, and anything that looks chunky and therefore suitable for 3 year old hands simply won't pass muster.

We have had a few RC cats and have plenty of lego so trying to break the mold a bit.

Thanks for suggestions

FoggyMorn Tue 25-Oct-16 22:22:07

Thunderbirds? Prime him with a few viewings the original puppet show (the new one is a bit to complex to follow for younger dc, IMO).

Vehicles, figures and Island all available on Amazon (and the multi packs deals are cheaper than the ones they have in Tesco right now).

Can you guess what my 5/yo is into right now? smile

Starduke Wed 26-Oct-16 12:59:59

How about transformers ? I've got a 2 year old and a 5 year old and am planning on getting a proper transformer for DS1, and a more chunky, simpler transformer for rescue bots which are aimed at 3 to 7 year olds.

d270r0 Wed 26-Oct-16 15:30:54

Do you have a marble run? My 5 year old and 2 year old ds's both absolutely love it

d270r0 Wed 26-Oct-16 15:33:44

Failing that, a big hot wheels track set and cars

dynevoran Wed 26-Oct-16 15:34:05

Agree with imaginext . My 2 and 6 year olds love the sets. Also eBay for a massive set of Lego mini figures for him to endlessly take apart and rebuild. Again both love them and I bought about 150 for the 6 year old last year which are used so much.

butteroneverything Wed 26-Oct-16 15:45:53

I got a hot wheels set for my similar 3yo DS in the Sainsburys toy sale. £25 down from £50 and less than Amazon etc. There's a robot and track and so on, but even if he can't work that part out it's still a big brightly coloured, grown up looking box with 18 cars in it which I'm pretty sure he'll love. Worth a look maybe.

Otherwise the 5+ lego goes down well and just needs a bit of supervision to put together initially

TheBriscoesLady Fri 28-Oct-16 08:33:40

Thanks everyone, I think Imaginext is going to be the winner. It's the one thing the 6 year old doesn't have any of so it's going to be a bit more special to the 3yo and he pointed to it in the smyths catalogue - hurrah! star

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