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      Default Need Ideas for Birthday gift for 3 year old granddaughter

      I know this sounds crazy that I have no idea have to give my 3 year
      old granddaughter for her birthday; but she has a lot of energy and
      doesn't play for long with anything. She doesn't like watching
      cartoons or movies. She doesn't need any clothes. She loves for you
      to read books to her; but she doesn't need anymore books. I had
      thought about the T J Bearytales (bear that reads a story to your
      child) but it only comes with 1 book and you would have to buy more
      books and I don't know if she would sit still long enough to hear him
      read the story to her. She has a kitchen set with stove, sink,
      microwave that she plays with and she likes playing with her dolls.
      She has a high chair, bed with the dolls. I brought her a tea cart
      with a table and 2 stools for Christmas and her birthday is December
      29th and I just don't know what to buy her for her birthday. Her
      mother is also having problems trying to find something to buy for
      her Christmas and birthday. We buy separate presents for both. She
      has a birthday party each year. Her mother had thought about buying
      the V Smile; but she tried to get my granddaughter to play it at her
      cousin house and she wasn't interested. Any help anyone can give me
      would be greatly appreciated. Maybe someone else in the group has a 3
      year old girl that has a lot of energy and doesn't like tv or movies
      and doesn't play long with anything that can tell me what you are
      buying your little girl for Christmas. Thank you
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      My son is the same age and just had his birthday last month. We all chipped in and bought him the new fisher price digital camera (walmart was sold out so I got it off ebay). It uploads to your computer and it is very durable. It doesn't have a zoom lens so there isn't much to break. The controls are very simple. My son doesn't seem to get that he's actually saving pictures but he loves taking them! He runs around saying, "smile!" and really seems to love the flash. I think he love it more as he learns more about it.
      Another idea I love is to get them montessori kitchen materials. Everything is sized for them and is an actual tool. You can get a wooden rolling pin and cookie cutters or a non skid mixing bowl and a whisk. Two sites I like are http://www.forsmallhands.com and http://www.littleredrobin.com It will be under the practical section.
      Good luck and happy holidays!
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      I am having a similar problem with my full of energy 3 year old. What I bought her already was a Little Mermaid floating vanity for the bath since she LOVES to take a bath. I also bought her a few My Little Ponies. I bought her a sit and spin for her birthday, which was in October and she LOVES it....she plays with this more than any other toy. Also for her birthday I bought her a Little Mermaid pop up tent. She plays in this all day! I put her little kitchen in there, which she had stopped playing with months ago, but now she plays with it again.

      Good luck,
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      My 4 year old also has a birthday close to Christmas- December 27th
      she'll be 5. We hold off until January to celebrate a birthday
      party, though. We give her 1 present and a cake on her actual
      birthday, but we don't have the party until mid-January, because
      that's when our son's birthday is. It seperates the two dates a bit
      more.

      Anyway, here's some idea's:

      Get a tote from Rubbermaid, etc, and go to Good Will & Salvation
      Army. Shop for gaudy old clothes that sparkle and shine, and fake
      jewelry, and make a dress up box. Ask for shiny old dress shoes on
      freecycle in kids sizes (I don't recommend getting old high heels
      for kids- I had a cousin who broke her ankle as a kid trying to walk
      in them!), old hats, purses, etc. Get some fake gems at a craft
      department, and some puffy paint, and decorate stuff with gems.

      Buy her a blanket and a small bean bag chair for reading time.

      Get her something to decorate her room with- a net canopy for over
      the bed, pictures to hang on the walls, new curtains, etc. You can
      make her some ribbon butterflies or flowers by taking inexpensive
      satin ribbon, and gluing small butterfly or flowers to the ends at
      varying lengths to tack up to the ceiling over her bed. They should
      be short enough to remain out of reach, though, even if she stands
      on the bed.

      A pop-up play house. Wal-mart sells these for around $20. Our
      youngest daughter got a Cinderella one 2 or 3 years ago for
      Christmas, and drags it everywhere, but it folds up and slides under
      her bed when she's not using it. A year later, we got a Dora one on
      freecycle, so she sets them up next to each other. Last summer, we
      found a heavier duty one with a tarp bottom at a yard sale for
      $2.50, and we took it camping with us over the summer for the kids
      to play in.

      Take her somewhere that she can build her own stuffed animal, like a
      Build A Bear Workshop, and let her pick a special baby, and an
      outfit for it.
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      I just got my 2 kids the up and down roller coaster from Step 2. Here is a link

      http://www.kbtoys.com/genProduct.html/P ... stock/Y/D/



      I have a 21/2 yo and an 11mo (he?ll be 1 on Christmas eve). This gift will be for both of them. I?ve seen it at play centers and kids all go nut over it. I know my little daredevils will spend lots of time with it, and I don?t want any more toys with tons of pieces so besides this, they?re getting books, and computer games.



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      Since she already has a toy kitchen, how about some play food for it? Or make her an apron and chef's hat, with her own oven mitts?

      Sounds like she has a lot of toys that she doesn't play with already from your post.

      Does she like tools? Dolls? One of them my interest her.

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      How about a membership to the local zoo or children?s museum? My kids got those last year and we?ve had more fun going to those places. Or maybe some ?Grandma Coupons?? You can print things on your computer (i.e. Good for one sleepover at Grandmas, Picnic at the park with Grandma, Movie night with Grandma, Eat out for lunch with Grandma, etc, etc). The older my kids get the more I like consumable, clutter-free gifts J Use your imagination. Good luck! Yolonda
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      You said she likes to be read to. One thing that I think could be a
      great gift would be to tape yourself reading either some of her
      favorite books or some new books. that way she can pop in the tape and
      have Grandma read her a story when ever she wants. you can beep when
      it's time to turn the page. My Sister in laws father reads books and
      tapes them for my nephew, he has a hard time reading. So Grandpa reads
      them and he follows along, he has read Harry Potter and others in this
      manner. I hope this idea helps a little.
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