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Ideas for 2 small nephews

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Eileen101 · 06/10/2022 17:23

Stuck for ideas for 2 small children, 5 and 3. The family is very 'wholesome', so no plastic toys, character toys, video games etc.
I'll get them a few books which is my area of expertise but they don't seem to read a lot.
They're quite outdoorsy and into quite educational gifts.
Please help 🙏🏻

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cooolio · 06/10/2022 17:25

National geographic sets - Crystal dig kits.

Walkie talkies are good too

blacksax · 06/10/2022 17:28

Maracas and tambourines. Nice wooden ones. Wink

GroggyLegs · 06/10/2022 17:28

Stomp rocket.

It's plastic but STEM/outdoor/fun

Eileen101 · 06/10/2022 18:13

Ooh I like the idea of the national geographic sets, thanks.

All other ideas are already owned!

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Fivemoreminutes1 · 06/10/2022 19:29

I don’t think the Nat Geo dig kits are suitable for children that young.

Den building kit
Orchard Toys games - my DS loved the giant road floor puzzle and ‘Shopping List’
Butterfly hatching kit
Wooden marble run
Giant jenga

user375242 · 06/10/2022 19:39

Ask if they have a Yoto or Tony player, and then you could get Yoto's/Tony's for that.
Or a Hape pocket swing, Dr Ziggs bubble set (it's eco friendly and there are various accessories), Tegu wooden magnetic blocks, Haba wooden marble run (or Lidl usually do their own version before Christmas), a Haba board game. Have a look on places like Little Whispers, Yes Bebe, Baba Me, Babi Pur, for eco friendly toy ideas.

Sonyo · 06/10/2022 20:14

I think a few books each is more than enough, could include some nature activity type book. Do they have a play kitchen? Maybe some wooden food. A wooden human body puzzle for the 5-year-old. A magnetic wooden fishing game. Wooden robot. If they have a Brio trainset, an extension they don't have. A Miniland doll - not wooden but anatomically correct and racially diverse, and it's packaged in cardboard.

cooolio · 06/10/2022 23:00

"I don’t think the Nat Geo dig kits are suitable for children that young."

Mine loved them, suppose it depends on the kid.

Do 5 year olds want to play shopping list?

WeeblesWibbleWobble · 06/10/2022 23:42

Ticket for a local farm?

reluctantbrit · 07/10/2022 08:01

Tickets for a day out
Card games like Uno Junior?
Wooden food if they have a play kitchen
I know it's plastic but Playmobil and Lego are great toys and last years. We still have my Lego I had as a child, so around 40 years old and it's absolutely useable. I think Lego even has a recycle scheme nowadays.

AnneButNotHathaway · 07/10/2022 08:42

Coloring books with short interesting facts or kids coloring calendars
Museum tickets
Crystal growing kit
Plant A Tree set

Needmorelego · 07/10/2022 08:47

Are they so anti plastic they would even sneer at good quality plastic stuff like Lego and Playmobil?
Cos they are great for that age.
Lego can be classed as educational 🙂

SNWannabe · 07/10/2022 10:12

A stomp rocket is a fab one. Still regularly enjoyed by the kids in my family ranging from 18 months to 15 years!!!

Undertheoldlindentree · 07/10/2022 10:16

A kite each?

Or stunt kite to share and parents to fly?

Eileen101 · 07/10/2022 20:58

Thanks, some great ideas.

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Stompythedinosaur · 10/10/2022 12:03

While I admit they are plastic, Schleich models make a lovely gift (are aren't cheap and disposable, they can last for generations). My dds collected the dinosaurs at that age.

The Melissa and Doug magic set is excellent and would be good for the older dc.

Trumpton · 10/10/2022 12:09

I just bought these tipping pouring bowls from LTTLE GOAT GRUFF for a 3 year old. Bath toys are always a winner.
last year it was wooden biscuits from Jacques toys that puzzled her for a minute but then became firm favourites.
Brio or Big Jig train accessories.

Ideas for 2 small nephews
emmathedilemma · 10/10/2022 12:23

A pop up tent for the summer if they have a garden.

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