Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Connor's 4th Birthday Wish List

In just 11 short days Connor will be 4 years old (say what!?). I can't believe how fast year 3 went. I love this stage we are in. Connor has a level of independence that allows him to play and entertain himself for a bit so I can do things like shower, cook dinner, watch The Real Housewives of New Jersey (just being honest). We also have a blast together as a duo and family. Now that we are out of the baby zone - no more pacifier, crib, diapers or nightly wake-ups that last hours - our days are a ton of fun. Three wasn't too hard on us and I have high hopes 4 is just as smooth. With that in mind, I wanted to share Connor's 4th Birthday Wish List.

PJ Masks Headquarters Playset
Connor is beyond pumped that PJ Mask toys are now available. He has been gifted a few pieces from the ToysRUs line and has been asking for the headquarters since seeing it in a catalog. While it's a bit pricey, I can see it being played with often because he loves the show so much. He has been a fan since episode 1 and has been on the lookout for toys for quiet a while. If he doesn't get it for his birthday, maybe this could be something Santa brings with him in December.

Daniel Tiger Neighborhood Friends Action Figure Set
Every time we see this in store Connor stops and plays with it. We love Daniel books and watch the cartoon on a weekly basis. As strange as this may sound, some of the lessons that Daniel and friends teach us have helped Connor with transition. For example, Connor knows that if a grown up drops him off at school or childcare that "grown ups come back". This was the theme of a book and episode that we've read and watched many times. I think deep down Connor had a fondness for Daniel and that makes him still a babyish in my mind so I'm all for it.

Teen Titans Go! (TM): Pizza Power (Passport to Reading Level 2)
I don't know how Connor discovered this show since we don't have cable or access to Cartoon Network but he LOVES IT. While sometimes the episodes are a bit too old for him, I think he mostly likes it because of Robin. I would love to start collecting books like this, known aing out letters is fun so this type of book would be perfect for the transition into being able to read.

Valtech Magna-Tiles Clear Colors 74 Piece Set
Honest moment: I want this for C for myself. I love the idea of building and creating and that we can put together 3D creations with these magnetic tiles. He has played with them at friends houses and the children's museum and gets lost in the possibility of all he can do with them. I think this would be a great tool for learning as well since we can talk about colors, shapes and science and engineering.

LeapFrog LeapReader System Learn to Read 10 Book Bundle
Connor loves being read to and often asks us to read signs and such to him when we are out and about. I can't help but believe that he will be eager to learn to read and that once he can, he will proudly wear that bookworm title I wear. While this LeapReader is a bit pricey, I think it would be an excellent tool to help Connor learn to read.

If I'm being honest, Connor has more than enough already but with a birthday close to Christmas, I don't think it hurts to have a specific idea of his wants and needs so no purchase is wasted. I like having specific items to suggest when people ask. Each year we purge and clean his playroom and donate toys to local children homes and Goodwill. I like knowing that the items he has outgrown are going to a good home.

What's on your child's wish list? I need idea for Christmas this year! 

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