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    Need gift ideas for 3 yr old in hospital

    What is an appropriate gift to send to a 3 year old that is spending multiple days in the hospital. Flowers do not seems rights, she has tons of stuffed animals and she has a milk allergy so chocolate is a no go. Any thoughts?
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    Quote Originally posted by Brocktoon View post
    What is an appropriate gift to send to a 3 year old that is spending multiple days in the hospital. Flowers do not seems rights, she has tons of stuffed animals and she has a milk allergy so chocolate is a no go. Any thoughts?
    A sticker book or an activity book and a new package of crayons? At least it would give her something to do to occupy her time.
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    A little music box
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    Quote Originally posted by Brocktoon View post
    What is an appropriate gift to send to a 3 year old that is spending multiple days in the hospital. Flowers do not seems rights, she has tons of stuffed animals and she has a milk allergy so chocolate is a no go. Any thoughts?
    Picture book(s) of some kind?
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    A doctor toy of some sort. Something she can play doctor with as she is there.
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    The doctor set is a good idea. A couple of "travel" sized games and toys would be good too, like a travel-sized Etch-a-Sketch or travel-sized Connect Four.

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    I'll second stickers and any 'small' toys. Books might be good too.
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    I like all of the suggestions so far. Don't let a milk allergy make you discount candy all together lots of candy does not contain any milk. (Pop rocks, hard candy). You could be the one in the future that gets blamed for the kid bouncing off the walls!

    Coloring books would make the time go fast. For girls of that age probably a safe bet would be Hello Kitty or Disney.
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    Stickers, Crayola Color Wonder sets (Target, Walmart, etc), hair bows-barrettes-clips. I like the doctor kit suggestion too!
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    Thank you for the ideas. She I love the doctor kit and sticker ideas but she is in the hospital to deal with issues relating to her hands.
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    SIMPLE card games. For example, a matching game where you flip over a card with a picture of a truck and he/she has to remember where the matching truck card is. Kind of like a simpler version of Concentration. I've also seen a picture-based version of "Go Fish".

    Classic board game like Candy Land or Chutes & Ladders.

    Doctor-themed coloring/activity book.

    And the "Doctor Kit" is a really good idea, especially if the nursing staff has good bedside manner and will play along a little.

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    Books on CD, if the family has a portable player she could use.

    I don't know if these are still made, but my son had some books where he'd press a button on each page and the book would "read" itself.

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    Atlas, T-square, triangles, scale, pencils, french curves, onion paper......

    Wait thats what I would have wanted as a three year old!
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    DVD's of Dora, disney princesses, barbie princesses, the latest kid movies, etc. My daughter at that age loved all of those.
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    Quote Originally posted by Whose Yur Planner View post
    DVD's of Dora, disney princesses, barbie princesses, the latest kid movies, etc. My daughter at that age loved all of those.
    Isn't there a TV show about a little girl who's a doctor? Doreen Howser MD?

    @#$%^&* princess %^&*()

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    Thank you everyone for the ideas. Her parents asked for no visitors so I opted to send a balloon arrangement since her hands are off limits I figured balloons are items that should be seen and not handled.
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    Quote Originally posted by Veloise View post
    Isn't there a TV show about a little girl who's a doctor? Doreen Howser MD?

    @#$%^&* princess %^&*()
    No offense Vel, but my daughter at 3 was so heavily into the whole girly/princess thing that had you shown her anything else, she would have ignored it. The only non girly/princess thing she would watch was Dora. Sometimes you just gotta go with what they'll watch.
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    Quote Originally posted by Whose Yur Planner View post
    No offense Vel, but my daughter at 3 was so heavily into the whole girly/princess thing that had you shown her anything else, she would have ignored it. The only non girly/princess thing she would watch was Dora. Sometimes you just gotta go with what they'll watch.
    Yeah, I know. <sigh>

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    Quote Originally posted by Veloise View post
    Yeah, I know. <sigh>

    "Math class is tough!"
    Some of it how you are geared/made. For me, math makes no sense whatsoever. However, I am very verbal and have always spiked on things that involved words. Words make sense to me and are my paint/paintbrush and easle. I also know people who are math whizzes, but are completely inept with words. In all in how you were made.
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    Quote Originally posted by Veloise View post
    Isn't there a TV show about a little girl who's a doctor? Doreen Howser MD?

    @#$%^&* princess %^&*()
    Dora is an explorer. Carmen Sandiego leads detectives around the globe. She's a thief, but well travelled.

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    Quote Originally posted by Veloise View post
    Isn't there a TV show about a little girl who's a doctor? Doreen Howser MD?
    There is a cartoon about a little girl doctor called "Doc McStuffins" (she operates on her stuffed animals). Who knows, maybe that's based off a children's book she could read (or have read to her).
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    Airhead Barbie

    Quote Originally posted by Veloise View post
    Yeah, I know. <sigh>

    "Math class is tough!"
    My statement was a reference to a Barbie doll issued about 20 (?) years ago. It might have been replaced by "Animal Doctor Barbie" (because, obviously, the pink aisle shoppers wouldn't understand the word veterinarian)

    I am not making this up.


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    Quote Originally posted by kms View post
    Dora is an explorer. Carmen Sandiego leads detectives around the globe. She's a thief, but well travelled.
    Carmen Sandiego was not referenced in the list of ideas.

    As an adult character in a trenchcoat, she's very different from a lovely princess waiting to be saved or found or kissed and off to live happily ever after.


    saw some superhero stuff at a recent retail experience, and had high hopes for some good Wonder Woman stuff...but the other offerings were straight out of Cinderella Ate My Daughter

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    Quote Originally posted by Veloise View post
    Carmen Sandiego was not referenced in the list of ideas.

    As an adult character in a trenchcoat, she's very different from a lovely princess waiting to be saved or found or kissed and off to live happily ever after.


    saw some superhero stuff at a recent retail experience, and had high hopes for some good Wonder Woman stuff...but the other offerings were straight out of Cinderella Ate My Daughter
    A lot of the recent Disney Princess stuff has took a turn where the female characters are often the ones saving the day. Tangled, Brave, etc...

    They're actually pretty good flicks.
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    Quote Originally posted by btrage View post
    A lot of the recent Disney Princess stuff has took a turn where the female characters are often the ones saving the day. Tangled, Brave, etc...

    They're actually pretty good flicks.
    Don't forget Pricess and the Frog. Tiana dream is to open a restaurant based upon her own hard work and savings.
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