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Topic: A battery - free Xmas

Wed 12/19/2012 12:55a
I am a grandmother now with 2 small (4 and 6) grandchildren. I have decided to force a battery free xmas on my grandchildren since I am tired of all the toys requiring batteries. Unfortunately I am having a last- minute fear that my grandchildren will be disappointed with Santa this year. So far it is all Legos and games. Do you think the old fashioned games like Mr Potato Head ( I remember using real potatoes and felt pieces) Also Connect 4 and the old Cootie game.
But today I wandered into the APPPLE store and saw the newest Disney magical pen for all the lucky children that are receiving i-pads from Santa.
My grandchildren will hate their battery free Xmas.
Wed 12/19/2012 1:30a
"My grandchildren will hate their battery free Xmas"

You never know. My nephews are the same age as your grandchildren and they are far more into lego than anything else.

"Do you think the old fashioned games like Mr Potato Head ( I remember using real potatoes and felt pieces)"

Real potatoes? LOL.
Wed 12/19/2012 3:46a
My nephews like LEGO a lot. It's their favourite toy, but I don't know how popular LEGO is in the US. Here in Europe kids love it.
Wed 12/19/2012 4:47a
I remember "real potatoes" for Mr Potato Head.
Wed 12/19/2012 5:02a
LEGO is very popular in the USA ... and very expensive

Does anybody have an opinion about the new
Disney Creativity Pen sold exclusively at the Apple Store? I asked a few of those Apple people/storeworkers and they did not know anything about it.

Do those people have an official name they must call themselves and the customers similar to cast member/guest.

Anyway the Disney Creativity Pen costs 49.95 and requires batteries...
Wed 12/19/2012 5:06a
Legos are way cool for all the boys (all ages) in my family and they often request certain ones
Wed 12/19/2012 5:14a
They are so popular we don't even worry about duplicates because we know they can always be used for future gifts or the inevitable: when they lose a specific character.
I was ruthless at my grandsons bday party when he received those Lego monsters with the moonstones. One boy in particular kept putting one in his pocket. No way was I going to buy a complete boxed set just cause we needed that moonstone!!! Personally it makes me mad all of the "theming", as a grandparent. That is why I say they are expensive... It is no longer an innocent toy.
A Happy Haunt
Wed 12/19/2012 6:50a
I didnt realize it but my kids are also having a battery free Christmas!! I don't think they'll even notice. They like to do crafts and one plays the drums. She wants some "drum stuff.". I'm glad they're past that stage.
Wed 12/19/2012 6:23p
>>LEGO is very popular in the USA ... and very expensive<<

The special sets are expensive (say like the Star Wars ones). Personally, I frown on those. The whole point of Legos is to use your imagination and make something original. The kits remind me of paint by the number sets. If I want a Millennial Falcon or a TIE fighter I'd rather have a real model and not a Lego one.
Thu 12/20/2012 3:51a
...Yes after diligently "trying" to put together these sets for our grandchild and then watching as he takes them all apart and create his pwn little Star Wars World; we got smart and don't waste our time. It has become a much more fun way to play for everybody.

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