I need some advice, some girlie advice. No it is not what you are thinking. I'm still happily married and don't need THAT kind of advice. I need advice on what do you get a 3-1/2 year old girl for Christmas.
What got me started down this path was a recent trip up to Boone, Iowa where they have a 1920's train that you can ride for a couple hours through the Des Moines River valley, including a 170 foot tall bridge. We went up for that in particular but it just happened to be Thomas the Train weekend and they had a mini carnival for kids set up outside the depot complete with a tent packed full of Thomas the Train sets for the kids to play with. Little Abbey spent a couple hours just endlessly playing with various train sets and having the time of her life.
Little Abbey doesn't have a particular fascination with Thomas the Train, at least not like she has with Dora the Explorer but she is fascinated with trains in general. I thought I would research train sets but just about every advertisement has a picture of a smiling boy and every product reviewer talks about their son. This got me thinking about what do people buy a 3-1/2 year old girl for Christmas?
Out of curiosity, I checked several well known websites for kids toys like Fisher-Price and Little Tykes. On the latter site, you could add a filter by gender and what do you suppose came up for little girls and pretend play toys? Shopping carts and kitchens. Are we still in the 50's with the June Cleavers? Other sites have dolls, doll houses, dress up and art related stuff. My daughter has some Barbies and art stuff and though she does play with them, her favorite toys are the Legos, learning computers, books, and a big old cardboard box that I turned into a house.
So what do you give a 3-1/2 year old girl for a present? Is a train set going to scar her for life or do I need to get a doll house? Any advice out there?
P.S. Remember, only 78 more days until Christmas!