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CAROL

Norfolk, VA

#1 Nov 16, 2007
I am having a hard time with finding anthing this year for my 11 year old. He is between wanting to play with toys and thinking he is to old. Any idea's ?
Walter

Bay City, MI

#2 Nov 16, 2007
CAROL wrote:
I am having a hard time with finding anthing this year for my 11 year old. He is between wanting to play with toys and thinking he is to old. Any idea's ?
How about banning him from watching TV (tough love...) and getting him some good books or a musical instrument if he is so inclined? Or roller blades?
Beth

Traverse City, MI

#3 Nov 16, 2007
What about the really advanced Lego stuff? Like the Mindstorm? It is pricey though.

Or, I hate to say video games, but Guitar Heroes is really popular and I actually see some good in that game.

“Hoping to see some good news”

Since: Jul 07

Location hidden

#4 Nov 16, 2007
New sporting equipment and larger bikes usually go well for this age. Things like air hockey tables, roller hockey sets, and activities they can enjoy in the winter are a hit when the weather gets nasty.

Another idea is "growing up" his bedroom and having him help pick out how to redo it. Even $100 -$200 can completely turn the little boy room into a pre-teen/teen room that he can enjoy for years to come. Kids at that age really start to get embarassed by little kid things in their room.
Lisa in Walker

Amelia Court House, VA

#5 Nov 16, 2007
Guitar Heroes is pretty cool, as long as you don't have issues with vertigo.:) But the rock stars on that game are UGLY!

How about cutting back on gift giving this year and donating to charity? Toys for Tots, Santa Claus Girls, and Mel Trotter all really need a lot of donations this year. Demand is up 20% over last year.

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CAROL

Norfolk, VA

#6 Nov 19, 2007
Walter wrote:
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How about banning him from watching TV (tough love...) and getting him some good books or a musical instrument if he is so inclined? Or roller blades?
First of all I don't see anything in my comment that says my son does nothing but watch TV. All I am asking about is help he is at a hard age. My sons loves to read and I have already bought him books, he also is getting a guitar from his grandma. We live on a dirt road so no roller blades. Thanks
CAROL

Norfolk, VA

#7 Nov 19, 2007
Lisa in Walker wrote:
Guitar Heroes is pretty cool, as long as you don't have issues with vertigo.:) But the rock stars on that game are UGLY!
How about cutting back on gift giving this year and donating to charity? Toys for Tots, Santa Claus Girls, and Mel Trotter all really need a lot of donations this year. Demand is up 20% over last year.
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I do give to Toys for Tots but in my oldest daughter name because she passed away so I thought that would be a good thing to do for her. Thank you for the wonderful idea's. We also give to Fremont Bellwether harobr. Instead of my kids giving gifts to each other and my husband and I they have been giving money and animals toys to this wonderful program.

Since: Oct 07

Big Rapids, MI

#8 Nov 19, 2007
CAROL wrote:
I am having a hard time with finding anthing this year for my 11 year old. He is between wanting to play with toys and thinking he is to old. Any idea's ?
Merry Christmas Carol. Isn't it nice to post a question, and you get dumped on like lawyers falling in on a car accident. Too bad.

What are his interests? With you saying you live on a dirt round tells me its a rural area. Is he the outdoors type?
CAROL

Norfolk, VA

#9 Nov 19, 2007
We live in the County. He loves to ride bikes so I got him some of those cool bike jamps this summer. Plus, my husband and I cleaned out some of the trees in the back and made a custom bike trail. He isn't much on sports, love golf but I have golf clubs for him. He really loves old cars and car shows, and car racing.
no name

Deerfield, IL

#10 Nov 19, 2007
Carol-

This may sound a bit juvenile, but have you thought about gas powered RC car kits? The kids get to build the cars themselves and they are a ton of fun to race. You can tweak the engines and everything! Budding gearheads tend to love them...

Since: Oct 07

Big Rapids, MI

#11 Nov 19, 2007
CAROL wrote:
We live in the County. He loves to ride bikes so I got him some of those cool bike jamps this summer. Plus, my husband and I cleaned out some of the trees in the back and made a custom bike trail. He isn't much on sports, love golf but I have golf clubs for him. He really loves old cars and car shows, and car racing.
From experience, I wouldn't get him anything that requires fair weather to use. I can remember the looks on the kids faces as they got their new bike with a foot of snow outside.

There are winter golf ideas. Maybe a putting green, or if you have indoor room like in the garage, how about a driving net. I've got both, and the net saves chasing balls all over the yard.

If he's interested in cars and racing, what about some model cars. I built those things for years, well into teenage years. Maybe get him an airbrush/paints so that he can also detail them once they're put together. Also, don't forget shelves or a display case for his finished projects. Keeps younger siblings away from them.

Hope this helps.

“"It is what it is"”

Since: Nov 07

Grand Rapids, MI

#12 Nov 19, 2007
When my son was 11 I bought him a telescope for christmas. I didn't go with the little toy ones but the real ones that included a galaxy guide and all the bells and whistles. 3 years later he still uses it and best of all it can be used year 'round.
BOB

Norfolk, VA

#13 Nov 19, 2007
Suzy - Grand Rapids wrote:
When my son was 11 I bought him a telescope for christmas. I didn't go with the little toy ones but the real ones that included a galaxy guide and all the bells and whistles. 3 years later he still uses it and best of all it can be used year 'round.
Yes, I brought him a telescope it is one of gifts I have for him. I also have brought him model car, but my son has disgraphia which means he was no small hand skills and they seem to be alot of little parts that he has trouble with his hand to handle.

THANK YOU ALL WONDERFUL IDEA'S KEEP THEM COMING.

HAPPY THANKSGIVEN

Since: Aug 07

Greater Grand Rapids

#14 Nov 19, 2007
I got a microscope and science stuff when I was that age. My dad bought me the books to "research how to make stuff", an aunt bought the ingrediants, grandparents bought the microscope and someone else bought the rest of the tools.

The next year I received anatomy and phys stuff. Can you guess what I went to college for!

“"It is what it is"”

Since: Nov 07

Grand Rapids, MI

#15 Nov 19, 2007
Well another idea that both my kids wanted when they were that age is a karaoke machine. I think my son used it more then my daughter did to be honest!

Other things my son wanted at that age:

Rock tumbler
Drums (ugh!)
Video games (of course)
A small tent (which he pitched in his room until warm weather came.. was a HUGE hit!)
Super fast sleds
Block molds for making snow forts
Gift Certificate to Best Buy

My experience showed me that if I mixed some toys with the older kid stuff he got a good mix of things to choose from .....because you are indeed correct in saying they struggle at that age in being a little boy and a pre-teen. Give them a little from both worlds and let them still enjoy the little boy side for a bit longer. They grow up way too fast as it is..
carol

Norfolk, VA

#16 Nov 19, 2007
I brought my daughter the rock tumbler. I also got my oldest a machine that he wires up different wires to make things like an alarm, siren, radio ect over 120 different things he can make.
justin

Norfolk, VA

#17 Nov 19, 2007
Why not get him a digital camera for when he is at the races. He will be able to take pictures of his favorite race car.

“"It is what it is"”

Since: Nov 07

Grand Rapids, MI

#18 Nov 19, 2007
justin wrote:
Why not get him a digital camera for when he is at the races. He will be able to take pictures of his favorite race car.
Great idea Justin!

Since: Oct 07

out in the sticks

#19 Nov 19, 2007
Carol & Bob,

You guys have alot of wonderful suggestions so far!

Every year, we get out kids disposable cameras as stocking stuffers. They always enjoy them, and it's interesting to see what pictures the kids will take, and also to see things from their point of view.

If your son is a gear head or likes to work on things in the garage, buy or build him his own work bench. You can also buy him his own tool box, and put some of your standard tools inside, along with buying a stool on wheels or a creeper. It may help him get better with his fine motor skills.

You could also re-decorate his room in Nascar, or golf. And having a golf area in the garage is a great idea too!
Carol

Norfolk, VA

#20 Nov 20, 2007
Once again Thank you all for the wonderful idea's. She Devil- my youngest son who is 7 is my tool guy. I did buy him a tool box this year. He loves to be in the garage and help fix my husband racecar. He is 7 and he already knows how to take apart a engine. My two boys share a room and their room is decorated in an old car theme right down to the head board which is made out of the back seat of old cars. Once again Thank you so much for the wonderful ideas. It bought me back to some of the things I had when I was younger.

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