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LEGO vs EVERYTHING ELSE

Whenever I consider buying a random car/truck type thing for the 4-year old around here, I have a hard time justifying it because I know in most cases it will be ignored/forgotten/broken/etc very soon.  My latest logic is, when in doubt, by the LEGO version.  For example… fire truck:

http://www.google.com/products?q=technic+lego+8289&oe=UTF-8&scoring=p

1) It will live on as parts long after the interest in the actual fire truck has gone.

2) I KNOW for a fact that the LEGO plastic is not PVC w/ lead in it, versus everything else (the alternative)?  Who knows.  When in doubt sniff.  If it smells, you can pretty much be sure it’s nasty stuff.  (Think, the cheap junk BOB THE BUILDER little models.  Scarcy stuff with endocrine disrupters/phthalates .

3) Who CARES that it is “age 9 and up” or whatever it is.  With some of the models I have built lately, they have been tricky for ME to figure out.  So anyway, we’ll see how he does, but for now, the point is… it’s tons of fun to USE once he helps Dad build it.

Obviously this strategy only applies if you enjoy building lego stuff yourself.  And your kiddo likes cars/trucks/etc.

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Learning Tower Review

Another must have for little kids!  Absolutely worth almost any price really.  Hours of fun at the sink.  Priceless!

http://www.mylearningtower.com/

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Scoot Bike

You have a three year old?  Buy one of these!  They will be riding a “normal” two-wheeler w/ pedals without training wheels by the time they are four!  Definitely get one with a hand brake if you can.

Kettler Sprint Balance Bike

http://www.amazon.com/Kettler-8718-000-Sprint-Balance-Bike/dp/B0006GBD0O

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