OT - Christmas present help

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OT - Christmas present help

I need your help!

My employer is working with the local Social Services to provide Christmas presents for those children in care. I have put myself forward to buy a present and I have been given the task to buy for a 5 year old boy.

Anyone know what 5 year old boys are into?

xx

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Legos.

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Playmobile

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Legos are good. Truck, cars, and tractors are good as well.

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Thanks!

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I was also thinking legos

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As an aside, Legos are also great math helps. This AM as Alyssa and I were working on math problems we used the legos to represent numbers so she could see the problem. It helped a lot.

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"AlyssaEimers" wrote:

As an aside, Legos are also great math helps. This AM as Alyssa and I were working on math problems we used the legos to represent numbers so she could see the problem. It helped a lot.

I also saw a thing, maybe on my facebook, recently where they used lego to represent fractions, because they split really well and yet can form bigger wholes. It was interesting.

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I use legos daily as manipulatives in math

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My son is totally uninterested in Legos. He loves trains & Hot Wheels & construction equipment. I can't say I'm sad about it because I've stepped on far too many Legos left lying around my mom's & sisters' places! That said, if I was getting a gift for a 5yo boy, I'd get him Legos! Blum 3 My mom used Legos in one of her college engineering classes!

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LEGOS RULE. Nathaniel is obsessed. His creations are amazing.

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Laurie, that is AWESOME!!!!

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My 5 year old boy loves spy stuff! Not so interested in legos.

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Thank you all!

My DD isn't a big fan of Lego so I wasn't sure. Also, as the child isn't in a family home I wasn't sure if Lego was maybe too dangerous? My gosh, I'm probably over thinking it but I think I'll go with some Lefo and maybe some cars too Smile

xx

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"Minx_Kristi" wrote:

Thank you all!

My DD isn't a big fan of Lego so I wasn't sure. Also, as the child isn't in a family home I wasn't sure if Lego was maybe too dangerous? My gosh, I'm probably over thinking it but I think I'll go with some Lefo and maybe some cars too Smile

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Will this kid be moving around often? Maybe look for some sort of lego kit that comes with a carrying case, so he can keep it all together and it is easy to contain? Not sure exactly what the situation is.

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Depending on how much you want to spend something like a leap pad might be nice. They have gone down in price quite a bit and there are a couple places that are going to have them for sale Black Friday for around $40.

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Leappads require cartridges to play the various games & such. It only comes with three, at least it did when Tiven had one years ago. I don't see how a little boy in foster care or a group home or whatever would be able to buy more.

And ITA with whomever said to get a set with a carrying case. And maybe get the Duplo blocks, they are made by Lego but are bigger, less choking hazard, easier to see so grownups don't step on them, maybe less likely to get lost since there aren't as many smaller pieces.

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Oh! And I just recently learned that that lego lost their patent a few years ago, so (at least around here) the higher end toy stores are getting in off brand lego, that works with lego brand lego. This is often cheaper, and you can get just pieces (doors, windows, wheels, or assorted but no set) for really good prices. Not sure if this would help the original poster, but for those of you whose kids love lego, might help with cost. For something so little those suckers are expensive!

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Dominos. They don't hurt when you step on them. They are also wonderful for math (add the two sides with the dots, etc) and kids love setting them up and knocking them down in cool designs.

Along with a few toys, I'd buy him warm pajamas, socks, underwear.

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The game Janga (sp?) also works well for plain wooden blocks for building.

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I'm not 100% sure of his situation either, but I pressume because he needs me to buy him a gift that he's in a children's home.

Anyway, I have got him pyjamas and a night gown already so I'll add to it.

Thanks again.

xx