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Toys/games that kids play with for hours

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normaleggy Tue 01-Oct-13 22:41:41

Which toys or games do your kids play with for hours on end? I have 2 dc (dd5 & ds4) and I want to get them a few joint presents to go under the tree that they can share and will hopefully get good use out of.

I am already getting some lego and a marble run, any other ideas? DS already has brio trains that he loves so would also like a similar idea for dd too.

Thanks in advance..

serin Tue 01-Oct-13 22:43:53

Planx (DH and I play with them when the kids have gone to bed!)

DTisMYdoctor Tue 01-Oct-13 23:00:42

Playmobil? Lots. Of different options depending on what they're interested in.

DS (5) can play with Octonauts toys for hours. He has a few sets, a tub of cheap sea creatures and a cardboard 'sea scene' set I fashioned for him using a lot of tissue paper, stickers and glue! He will play happily with it for ages.

Iamsanta Tue 01-Oct-13 23:09:22

Playmobil park and playmobil pool with slide. Best and most played with toys in this house.

kotinka Tue 01-Oct-13 23:10:53

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3birthdaybunnies Tue 01-Oct-13 23:16:28

Monopoly??? Used to take hours -now it's all over in 10mins.

Mine like just building stuff with the jenga bricks and some wooden dominos. Probably should get them some proper building bricks.

I've just spent hours constructing ds's lego does that count?

joanofarchitrave Tue 01-Oct-13 23:16:53

[whisper; there's no reason why your dd wouldn't play with brio]

art set
hama beads

anything you like doing yourself (hence the hama beads for me ds)

bsc Tue 01-Oct-13 23:22:37

Playmobil... endless, really endless hours of fun.

Lego too- my DC love it.

pokesandprodsforthelasttime Tue 01-Oct-13 23:26:04

I think it depends massively on the child.

DD never touches her Playmobil or any small world toys.

But I agree with basic lego and art & craft sets

Dolls she can dress
Build a bear teddies
Play food & tea set
A big tub of 100 felt tips in every imaginable colour
Outdoor toys like scooter, balls, water pistols and pavement chalk
Nintendo DS (if you don't mind computer games)
Activity books and comics
Dolly dressing sticker books
Play doh

NoComet Tue 01-Oct-13 23:33:32

Build a bear bears both played with, playmobil is DD2's thing.

Hama beads, they both do and DD2 has play date friends who love them too. (I have a lot of boards from doing Brownies and found a big tub of beads).

Wooden train track, we have rather a lot and some electric trains (so DDs as old as 9/10 and their parents) have been known to build very complex layouts.

We have Lego, they ignore it sad Lego was my fav.

TheYamiOfYawn Tue 01-Oct-13 23:37:10

3birthdaybunnies - what you want are Kapla blocks. Have a google. I spent a year trying to get some second hand on eBay, and then found an own-brand version in Aldi for a tenner a bucket in November when they were doing wooden toys. The Aldi version were called creative blocks. They don't look at all impressive, but you can build amazing things with them.

TheYamiOfYawn Tue 01-Oct-13 23:40:30

Mine mostly like to pack bags and go off an adventure around the world on a boat/plane/train. So backpacks, den-building stuff and pith helmets.

3birthdaybunnies Wed 02-Oct-13 07:23:56

I have looked at the Kapla before but keep thinking dd2 (nearly 7) who is the main builder is growing out of it, then she gets them all out and builds something else. Will try to remember to think about Aldi in Nov - unfortunately our nearest is 15 miles away. There are citiblocs but not sure if they are as good. One review said that they warped.

fuzzpig Wed 02-Oct-13 08:41:31

I have a 4yo DS and a 6yo DD:

Wooden train set
Marble run
Numicon (not really a toy, but still great)
Toy food
Happy land
Wooden bricks
Toy cars

fuzzpig Wed 02-Oct-13 08:44:05

3birthdaybunnies, I got this recently, DS plays with it endlessly making different runways etc

Flicktheswitch Wed 02-Oct-13 08:44:31

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StitchingMoss Wed 02-Oct-13 08:44:34

Playmobil, playmobil, playmobil smile.

GooseyLoosey Wed 02-Oct-13 08:48:15

Dd and her friends can still do sylvanians for hours (and they're 9).

Ds (10) can do anything with a box with string, wire, selloptape, split pins, batteries and whatever other small things I can think of in. Add a copy of a science book and the dangerous book for boys and he's away.

ballstoit Wed 02-Oct-13 21:03:41

Also have buckets of wooden blocks now, and wooden shape sorters. Both £10.

normaleggy Wed 02-Oct-13 22:04:02

Thanks everyone, some great ideas. I might go down the playmobil route, I remember my brother and I playing with it for hours as kids.

Joan I know my dd could play with trains, I don't stop her, she's just not interested, I actually bought it for her first!

MegBusset Wed 02-Oct-13 22:32:18

My DSes are 4 and 6 and have pretty much grown out of the wooden train set sad

But they love and play with endlessly:
Wooden dollhouse (this is where the Playmo people live!)
Trash Packs (in themselves not brilliant toys but they play with them for hours upon hours. I'd say 80% of their play is Trash Pack-based.)

bymoonlight Wed 02-Oct-13 22:36:16

pokesandprodsforthelasttime - I think you have dd1's twin grin

Iamsanta - How do you dc play with the slide for hours? In this house it falls apart within seconds

fiddlemethis Wed 02-Oct-13 22:48:15

These are amazing for children that age, []
They'll enjoy playing it on their own or with each other and its quite fun for adults too.

fiddlemethis Wed 02-Oct-13 22:49:24

Sorry for dud link!!

WeAllHaveWings Wed 02-Oct-13 22:51:51

Lots of good sized toy dinosaurs. esprcially the really nice Schleidch models and the elc ones. And dinosaur books and encyclopaedia. He used to have 3 or 4 of the same type so he could have herds for the meat eater to ambush. We had lots of dinosaur dvd's like walking with dinosaurs which he loved, also dinosaur movies.

He's 9 now and still has the schleidch models displayed in his room.

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