So I was visiting Swistle’s site and she put up her Christmas list for her kids. Wow, did I love that post. I got all sorts of good ideas from it and immediately put together Charlie’s Christmas list and sent it off to the grandparents. But maybe you’d like to see what I want for Charlie, age two and a half, mobility impaired, visually indifferent, rap-music obsessed.

I’m “borrowing” all my photos from Amazon–I’m not getting a kick-back from anyone. Although that would be nice.

First on my list is Charlie’s big gift, which will be from me and Dad. We’re getting him a Fisher Price Kid Tough DVD player. It’s an expensive present, but I consider it the gift that keeps on giving. Mainly, we take a lot of long car trips and if Charlie’s happy then Mommy’s happy. We’ve already killed one portable DVD player thanks to drops, so I’m hoping this one will hold up a little longer. For one-hundred and seventeen dollars, it better. I am planning on checking my local Wa1mart, which has supposedly placed it on Clearance.
Charlie won’t really get anything else from us. That’s why we have grandparents. And aunts and uncles. I send them lists of requested items.

Two items I pulled right off of Swistle’s list for her son Henry. I suspect that Swistle spends less time assessing toys for potential therapeutic value, but that’s OK–I still like her suggestions.

That’s why we’ve asked for the Crayola Beginnings Color Me a Song. Apparently you color on it and as you color, a song plays. Charlie is not wild about coloring. I don’t blame him. It combines head control with vision control and the pay-off is pretty slight–scribbles. He’s wild about music, though, and I’m hoping that this little gadget will at the very least give him some practice holding a crayon. Sadly, I suspect that the song will be something child-like and not something by Britney Spears filled with vague sexual innuendo. I’m pretty sure I know which one he’d prefer.
The next item on the list, again stolen from Swistle, is the Leap Frog Tag Junior Book Pal. As far as I can tell, you download “books” into the little frog and then the kids then use the frog to read the story. I’m sure I’ve mentioned it before, but Charlie HATES books. He’s at the point now where he’ll flip the pages really fast just to be done with the thing. I’m hoping a little technology will entice him to spend a little more time with a book. Could be wishful thinking, but hey, that’s how I roll.

We’re also asking for the Alphapet Explorer and the Fridge Phonic Magnetic Alphabet Set because Charlie’s been going through a real love affair with the alphabet. Also with clocks, but I haven’t seen any clock toys out there for a child as young as he is.

Additional requests include two new Signing Time videos because Mommy gets tired of watching the same ones over and over again. Charlie’s love of Miss Rachel doesn’t seem to be fading in the slightest.

The final item on our list is the Infantino colors and textures puzzle. Charlie’s teacher is starting to introduce the concept of matching and I thought these would be easier than animals and their tails or something else that involved a lot of visual scrutiny. Charlie reserves the right to ignore any toy that makes him work too hard.

I also found these two items, which we didn’t request, but that are pretty cool. There’s the Fisher Price Internet Launch Pad, which allows your child to play Fisher Price games online without touching the keyboard. It also prevents them from surfing the net. This would be great for those of you that are working on using the mouse.
There’s also the Lumin disk which makes bright, crazy colors in response to noise. I’ve thought about getting it to stimulate Charlie’s speech, but I’m not sure how effective it would be–still, cool especially for kids with limited limb function.

So that’s my Charlie shopping. . . now for the rest of my list!
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  1. therextras says:

    I agree that Charlie has been a very good boy this year. 😉

    You probably already do this, but that color/music toy reminded me to mention using an easel to color on – sitting, or you know I can't help but mention standing.

    Coloring on a more vertical board is easier on the neck for head control, but requires more work of the coloring arm.

    There's some sweet toy-technology out there. Barbara

  2. cool stuff! I like the color a song thing, too…but we have the same problem.
    Eli never likes the little kid songs on toys! Baby Tad is the ONLY one he will listen to.
    It's Elmo and VeggieTales all day long around here.
    I WISH he'd listen to real music!
    I keep trying….maybe someday…

  3. Small Town Girl says:

    I remember having a clock-type toy when I was young so I looked on Fisher Price and found this:

    Not sure if that's what you've got in mind but I thought I'd throw it out there for you!

  4. I like the glowing globe thing, but I would worry that it could trigger seizure activity if it flashed too wildly. Just my 2 cents on that. The rest of the toys look really cool. I don't have any children that young anymore. My "babies" are 21, 19, 13 and 9 this year. It goes by quickly!

  5. Christine: Seizures caused by flashing ligths are a very specific type. If Charlie had that kind we'd know it by now–kid loves him some blinking lights!!!!

  6. giggle what a wonderful list. I know my children would love all of the items mentioned :)
    sigh it hurts my heart sometimes though that the gifts/toys have to always be chosen because they facillitate some form of therapy. but hey so it goes.
    I have been lucky that my son LOVES books still not a big reader of words but flipping through books is his most favourite pastime.
    Hugs to you and happy shopping.

  7. Thanks for the list!! I added a couple to Max's amazon list. Another website I love that lets you do a wishlist, and sorts toys out by categories for special needs, is

  8. Those are some cool toys–love the color/music one. my kids are fascinated with laser-beam balls these days. But I can just picture them getting electrocuted right before breaking it into a zillion pieces.

  9. nice list, charlie has been a very good boy! i stole the magnet alphabet thingy from your list. now drake will get that, too, along with a 6 foot nylon tunnel to crawl through, play in. he loves tunnels. lucy is getting a stroller for her doll. ah, little girls. :)

  10. Kasia has never been big on coloring, but she LOVES her Magna Doodle. We have gotten our money's worth out of that toy 10x over!! It's a great tool to encourage scribbling, drawing lines and pre-printing, but it's so darn usefull for so many other reasons. We:

    Draw shapes and get her to point each one – or name them.

    Write five different "K" names and ask her to point to her own.

    Draw pictures and ask her to tell us what each one is.

    Draw simple shapes and ask her to colour them.

    Etc, etc.

    The best part is after all that doodling, there's no paper to throw away!

  11. ParkerMama says:

    Ah! How I wish I hadn't found this post.

    I've never seen the DVD player before.

    And I can't say enough wonderful about Signing Time.

    Do those matching flashcards actually have some touchy feeling stuff on them. Parker loves him some touchy feely.

    And the glowing globe. I think Parker would be in awe as well.

  12. Great ideas! I hope Charlie gets it all!

  13. Anonymous says:

    As a Kindergarten teacher I can attest to how fabulous the Leap Frog products are as teaching aids that make learning fun. The fridge phonics set it great for letter sounds and identification.

    Down the road the Letter Factory DVD seems to be a movie that kids can watch over and over without getting bored. It teaches letter sounds in a very relevant way where the connections are obvious and meaningful to children.

    Merry Christmas, Charlie!

  14. Cool list, Katy! Faith's grandpa got her the Alive Cubs True-to-Life Interactive Plush Animals from Wowwee. An interactive plush pet cat that responds to touch. I know she is going to love it! Also before Christmas, we invested in a HP handheld digital photo frame that you can download pics and she is totally in love with it. We can download pics as we take them to help her with recognition and identifying people and things…