Edward is the most difficult child on my list this year. He's 4-and-a-half, and he likes computers and video games. That's pretty much it: computers and video games. We have a lot of computer aptitude in the family tree so we don't mind this much (THE CHILD, HE IS ONE OF US), but we would like to find SOME things he likes IN ADDITION TO computers and video games. But what? My computery brother liked Capsela and Erector sets, but Edward is too little for that and also hasn't shown much interest in building sets.
Well, I'm going through Amazon and gathering ideas.
LeapFrog Scribble and Write. He hasn't shown much interest in writing, so I'm not sure. But on the other hand, he likes almost anything electronic with buttons. And the nice thing about a bigger family is that if one kid doesn't like something, there are other kids who might: either Elizabeth or Henry might want to play with it.
Melissa & Doug Geometric Stacker. This may be too young for him. On the other hand, I can picture him playing with it. And notice the tower on the left is more complicated than the other two.
LeapFrog Leapster Mr. Pencil's Learn to Draw and Write. Again, he hasn't shown much interest in writing, or in drawing either. But he might if they were in a video game.
ThinkFun Chocolate Fix. He likes these ThinkFun games, but my mom already has several at her house for him to play with.
LeapFrog Didj Sonic the Hedgehog. In case we decide not to bother trying to get him to enjoy things other than video games.
Custom name painting. Rachael Rossman made me a Swistle painting, and I like it so much I was fantasizing about having one made for each of the kids. I asked Edward if he thought he'd want one for himself (with his real name, if I can remember it after calling him Edward for so long), on a computer and video game theme. He surprised me by saying YES with enthusiasm, so now this is a frontrunner possibility---assuming I decide about his gift in time for it to be done before Christmas. One thing I like about this idea is that it's not another toy in the house.
Gift ideas for an 8-year-old, part 2 of 2 - Last week I talked about the gifts we were getting/considering for Edward, who is turning 8 next month. This week it’s Elizabeth’s turn: not “girl gifts,” ...