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RumourOfAHurricane Mon 03-Aug-09 21:28:22

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dizzydixies Mon 03-Aug-09 21:30:47

an ELC bubble machine
a £1.50 soft bodied doll from Tesco

cheap paper/pens always a winner in this house too

RumourOfAHurricane Mon 03-Aug-09 21:39:41

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janeite Mon 03-Aug-09 21:46:38

Bubbles are always well worth their pennies.

A pop-up tent from Millets which dd2 and her friends have spent hours in over the years.

Proper sketching pencils and pastels and watercolour pencils.

janeite Mon 03-Aug-09 21:47:25

Oh and it is ALWAYS worth spending money on children's books!

Yurtgirl Mon 03-Aug-09 21:52:38

I was thinking about this yesterday!
One of our best buys has been an ELC tunnel
Bought 5 years ago - mine are 7 and 5 and they still play with it - only £15, brilliant!

hester Mon 03-Aug-09 21:52:50

A friend bought me a 5ft length of plastic guttering for my dd. I thought she was barking, but two years on it still gets played with loads. We prop it up against the sofa and run cars/trains/dragons/My Little Pony up and down it.

Otherwise, the things we have had real value from are: grobags, scooter, small plastic dinosaurs, balloons, books.

dizzydixies Mon 03-Aug-09 21:54:26

bubble wrap and face painting kits

snickersnack Mon 03-Aug-09 21:56:28

Cheap doll buggy from Woolworths - every child who has come through our front door has played with it

Portable DVD player for plane and train journeys

Micro scooter

The guttering idea is genius - ds would absolutely adore that! Will file that one away for Christmas...

mummyplonk Mon 03-Aug-09 21:57:11

Our best money spent without doubt is Lego, for boys, girls, under-age toddlers (waiting for them to choke on it) and grown up men. It is the only toy I will hold on to.

frimblypoo Mon 03-Aug-09 22:00:37

Ikea wirey bead frame, 2 kids, 4 years still going strong

Thomas take along track played with EVERY DAY for last 2 years

trixymalixy Mon 03-Aug-09 22:04:49


Kidopotamous swaddle wrap

Wooden train track (although don't buy battery operated trains as you spend your whole time replacing the batteries!)

RumourOfAHurricane Mon 03-Aug-09 22:08:33

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janeite Mon 03-Aug-09 22:08:58

Hama beads provided hours of fun too.

weegiemum Mon 03-Aug-09 22:10:13

Several kilos of lego, very cheap from Ebay!


squilly Mon 03-Aug-09 22:10:55

Playmobil. DD has only just got into it at 8, but has friends who've been into it for years. It's so playable and has great resale value on Ebay once you've done with it.

DD's fave so far is the Magic Castle, full of princesses and the like. This despite the fact that DD isn't even slightly girly.

It's not cheap, but it lasts and lasts and lasts.

weegiemum Mon 03-Aug-09 22:12:32

Filing idea of guttering away for CHristmas presents for much smaller nephews (3 of them)

Genius! Thankyou!

Mintyy Mon 03-Aug-09 22:16:53

A plastic tea set, toy food and cash register.

Felt tip pens, plain white paper.


Junior Cluedo.

Fuzzy felt.



Fairly large slide for the garden.

DS Lite.

These are all things I think have given good value for money for my two dc.

Tortoise Mon 03-Aug-09 22:17:11

This has to be the best thing i bought for DS1 and DS2 last Christmas!

Yurtgirl Mon 03-Aug-09 22:17:48

Ooh yes mine would love some guttering as well

Where does a non builder type person buy guttering from then? I havent got a clue blush

lockets Mon 03-Aug-09 22:21:24

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RumourOfAHurricane Mon 03-Aug-09 22:24:10

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squilly Mon 03-Aug-09 22:29:26

B&Q do guttering. Check out _location=%2f%2fcatalog01%2fen_GB&fh_search=guttering&fh_eds=%C3%9F&fh_refview=search&ts=12493349262 88&isSearch=true

That may not be the same kind of guttering you're looking at, but check out the main webpage and you'll find something that works for you

margobambino Mon 03-Aug-09 22:36:30

Arms Reach Co-sleeper
Stokke pushchair
Kids crocs pelican
Leapfrog Learn Table
V-tech baby bear sweet dreams
Melissa and Doug shape sorter cube
Melissa and Doug wooden shape sorting clock
Bamboo baby cutlery

and yes I do like shopping grin

RumourOfAHurricane Mon 03-Aug-09 22:44:46

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