Thursday, December 13, 2012

Gift Ideas for Toddlers - Toys that Kids and Parents Will Love

Family and friends have been asking what our two year old, Mr. Zoom,  wants for Christmas. He doesn't really talk much and I'm not sure that he fully understands the concept that gifts will be coming and that he can ask for specific things. He's more Zen than that, and kind of lives day to day. I appreciate that in him.

So, here's my list of suggestions for toddler Christmas gifts, or really gifts for any time of year. These are all characters that I think parents will like as much as the kids.

The Octonauts
The Octonauts are by far one of the cutest and simultaneously coolest things I've seen in a long time. Originally from a series of books by Meomi (one was gifted to me for Zoom by coworkers), it has also become a TV show on Disney Jr, starring a set of animated animals that are ocean adventurers. There are a set of toys that recently came out as well. The show is just finished with its second season and we have already seen every episode. Admittedly, I get the closing song ("Creature Report!") stuck in my head on a regular basis.






The Pigeon Books
The Pigeon was another gift; Zoom loves both "Dont Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus" and "The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog." We often sing the "Hot Dog" song from The Mickey Mouse Clubhouse while we read the hot dog book. It just seems like a natural fit. Zoom loves to yell "NOooo!" at the appropriate times in the stories, and often flips through the pages and reads the book to himself. And Sean and I have adopted the phrase, "Of course, enjoy." into our every day lexicon.




Chuck the Truck
Chuck is an adventurous truck who comes up with a good lesson in each episode of his TV show. He's a little boy truck, and he has truck friends and a lovely set of parents. The theme song is catchy, although don't even try to google the lyrics, as they are surprisingly hard to find. For awhile I thought they were saying "Over, round, and through, Trucks can't sing and chew." (which made no sense, but you know how lyrics get stuck in your head? for the record, it's "Over, Round, and Through, Trucks go see and do.") I like the stories in the show, and the fact that its not overly cutesy or dumbed down. It's a great show for kids who love Disney's Cars, and have already seen those movies and shorts a million times (like us).







2 comments:

margaret said...

Matt's sister recently got Atticus a set of the Pigeon books. But I'm laughing because every night if we offer them for bedtime reading, he says, "No, Mommy, not the Pigeon books," as though they are a terrible burden for him! (I, too, frequently sing the MMCH Hot Dog song :)

Paula said...

hahaha! A burden! I love it. Zoom often gives us a very serious "no Momma" if there's something he doesn't want to read, or whatever. Same thing, though, as if we're putting him out by even offering whatever it is :)