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To think a marble run is unsuitable for a 2.7 yr old.

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ACardiganForCat Fri 19-Dec-14 18:21:31

He doesn't chew toys anymore but the idea makes me nervous. Am I being PFB about this?

jamaisjedors Fri 19-Dec-14 18:23:32

Just put it away for a while and get it out later.

Linskibinski Fri 19-Dec-14 18:24:53

Nope potential death traps at any age, chuck it in the bin. fgrin

Sirzy Fri 19-Dec-14 18:25:19

Yanbu. DS is 5 and is getting one but even then it will be used under close supervision

APipkinOfPepper Fri 19-Dec-14 18:26:03

DD (2.5) loves her big brother's marble run and has for a while (they still like me making the runs for them though!). I do make sure I watch her, but she's never put one in her mouth.

Having said that, I probably wouldn't get one for a child that age - they'd probably get more out of it when they were a little older.

arethereanyleftatall Fri 19-Dec-14 18:27:42

I would say pfb. Sorry! My dd had one since she was 2. I never thought twice about it tbh.

SaucyJack Fri 19-Dec-14 18:29:39

I think they'd be a bit fiddly for a two year old as much as anything.

But a death trap at any age they most certainly are not.

ErrolTheDragon Fri 19-Dec-14 18:30:04

It depends on the kid, some would be ok with it. Is this something that someone else has got for him or that you were wondering about? If the former, people sometimes do get a gift that's a bit old because then the child is less likely to have it already IYSWIM.

CountingToThree Fri 19-Dec-14 18:30:15

My son's loved ours from about 18 months! He was never one for putting things in his mouth though. All depends on the child

WillkommenBienvenue Fri 19-Dec-14 18:31:10

Get some old cardboard tubes, make your own and see how he likes it and watch to see whether he eats the marbles. It's a great toy that a lot of children get a lot out of.

LittleBearPad Fri 19-Dec-14 18:32:37

I've suggested one for dd (2.6).

CrohnicChristmas Fri 19-Dec-14 18:33:02

My DD (age 2) is allowed to play with one but only under close supervision, it's her cousin's so when she's playing with it there's at least 2 adults plus her older cousin, and we can make sure she's never alone with it not even for a minute. She's never been one for putting things in her mouth anyway.

I don't know how I'd feel about her having one of her own, but I'd make sure it was out of reach unless she was actually playing with it, and perhaps only get it out when DH is home so he can watch if I needed the toilet or anything.

IceniMist Fri 19-Dec-14 18:36:17

No way are marbles allowed in our house. I remember sucking one at about 10 and it went down my pipes. I managed to push it up somehow.

Someone younger may not.

ACardiganForCat Fri 19-Dec-14 18:36:34

A family member has got him one, not for Xmas but as a general gift (spoilt!). Knowing he is playing with it would put me on edge. Ive just had ds2 though so my hormones could be going haywire. Trouble is, once he's old enough, ds2 WILL eat them!

LittleBearPad Fri 19-Dec-14 18:38:12

I also have a newborn. I'm hoping by the time he's old enough to take an interest the marble run will have lost it's novelty value. I think I mainly want to play with it grin

misskangaandroo2014 Fri 19-Dec-14 18:44:06

Play with it with the child?

chocomochi Fri 19-Dec-14 18:44:25

Depends on the child. My DDs were never really that interested in putting things into their mouths after about 12 months, but know children who still put things in mouths at 3/4 years old.

ACardiganForCat Fri 19-Dec-14 18:45:38

I can do that but he is increasingly playing independently and I have a newborn.

DandyHighwayman Fri 19-Dec-14 18:50:37

Cardi I would surreptitiously gather it up and stick in the attic for a while.

Or maybe take it to Gran and Grandads.

TheLittleOneSaidRollOver Fri 19-Dec-14 18:56:16

My 3 all loved the marble run. Eldest got it at 3, younger DC played with it from crawling.

They needed supervision until youngest was 4, for two reasons:

1. Building it is tricky. Building it together is fun. Building it completely alone was too hard for a 3 or 4 yo.

2. As soon as little ones began to crawl they would eat the marbles if allowed. I got over their desperation to join in destroy the tower by giving them a marble run tube to chew and poke, sometimes with a spoon for bashing.

Me breastfeeding on sofa offering tower advice, chatter and occasional connecting tricky pieces was moderately successful.

Eldest was well bored of it by 8 but would still happily build it with younger siblings, with running commentary and support scarily similar my conversations with him back in the olden days.

I love marble run. It is fun.

Roomba Fri 19-Dec-14 18:59:16

Not sure if YABU to be honest. DS1 (now 9) has one, and DS2 (2.5) adores watching and 'helping' his brother play with it - always under my supervision I must add. DS2 is fascinated with it, and is also past the phase of putting everything in his mouth, but I wouldn't underestimate the ability of a 2 yr old to do something dangerous unexpectedly!

If someone got my 2.5 yr old one, I would just put it away for a bit but know they'd enjoy it when they were able to put all the bits together themselves. DS2 can't do that yet, so it would just frustrate him and I'd need to do it all for him at this point.

FishWithABicycle Fri 19-Dec-14 19:01:00

YABU once a child is old enough not to chew toys a marble run is a brilliant gift. Use only under supervision at first, and only when baby is napping when baby is in that dangerous mobile-and-chewing phase, but don't reject it I banish to the loft.

Iggly Fri 19-Dec-14 19:01:30

My two put stuff in their mouths as toddlers and still do. We have a marble run (a gift) and I've put the marbles out of reach.

NotAnotherNewNappy Fri 19-Dec-14 19:06:54

Yanbu - perfect choking device and impossible to supervise with a newborn. Mine are 6 and 3.5 and only just allowed to play bloody hungry hippos.

littlejohnnydory Fri 19-Dec-14 19:07:50

They're a great toy that grows with them. My two year old loves it and her 7 year old brother loves it too. She loves racing the marbles and he likes building more complicated tracks. But then, she is my third and couldn't really have kept toys with small pieces away from her for that reason, the house is full of playmobil and Lego. If you're worried you could keep it out of reach and only play with it with him, not let him play without direct supervision? There's a lot he can learn from it.

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