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Favorite Toddler Toys for Boys

I posted recently about the Toys R Us Hot Toy List and wasn't really impressed.  But I do have 2 toddler boys (almost 5 & 2) with tons of toys so I thought I'd use this post to share some of their Hot Toys.  Hope you get some ideas here for your little ones.  Head on over to Growing up Geeky to see her link up for other Favorite Toddler Toys.  I'll be posting my boys "wish lists" for this year soon too.

Fisher-Price TRIO Building Set with storage

They boys love this set.  The pieces are a good size for them both to play with and are more challenging for them than megablocks.

It also comes in various theme sets such as Farm, Batman, Hot Wheels, City, and even sets geared towards girls. 

$15-$25 usually depending on set

Hot Wheels Wall Tracks Daredevil Curve Track Set

This set worried me putting it up on my freshly refinished walls in our basement, but they use 3M Command technology to help protect my walls, and so far they've held up great.  There are several set ups out there and they are easy to assemble and set up.

$17-$25 depending on set

Discovery Kids Indoor/Outdoor Play Tent.

This tent is a hit.  Easy to assemble and fun indoors or out.  Of course with my 2 boys we are on our second tent (thanks to a repeat gift) but that is good because my boys did what boys do and trashed the first one after many hours of entertainment roughhousing in it.

This runs usually under $20

Intex "Phthalate Free" EP Version Fun Ballz Pit 100 Ball Pack with carry bag

Pair these guys with the tent above in your playroom and you'll easily see why you might go through 2 tents.  The boys love them.  They are a PITA to pick up, but worth it with how entertained they keep the kids.

Usually found for under $20


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Franks Red Hot Sauce (regular or buffalo)
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2-3 tbsp. butter

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