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#1 Hands Up

Posted 19 October 2019 - 07:22 AM

I remember last year there was a thread where people would ask questions about where to find certain things for friends and families, and product recommendations. It was so helpful so I thought I’d see if we could start it again?

My questions are:

1) do LEGO kits exist that just contain useful pieces such as doors, windows and roof pieces, or wheels and car pieces?
2) has anyone got a shock proof (ie can be dropped) digital camera recommendation for a five year old?

#2 ~J_F~

Posted 19 October 2019 - 07:34 AM

Windows, doors and roofs. - https://www.teaching...product/LEG9386

Wheels - https://www.fishpond...AiABEgJJWPD_BwE

#3 Kiwi Bicycle

Posted 19 October 2019 - 07:53 AM

Target, Kmart and Big W carry the Lego pieces kits. Look for the yellow coloured boxes next to the base plates, lego head stirage containers. You can also use online Lego resellers Bricklink for specific parts.

#4 ~LemonMyrtle~

Posted 19 October 2019 - 08:05 AM

There are some basic lego sets that have doors or wheels.
https://www.toyworld...reativity-11004
https://www.target.c...-1-715/61520424

I bought my kids a cheap waterproof digital camera from target, it was crap. But, there are better ones. Like a go-pro type thing. Definitely kid proof. Look for the action cameras for sports. Most do video and still shots.

#5 Crombek

Posted 19 October 2019 - 08:36 AM

Dds2 received this for his 5th birthday. It has been dropped so many times & doesn’t have a scratch on it

https://www.officewo...blue-niw150blue

#6 laridae

Posted 19 October 2019 - 08:39 AM

I've got Olympus tough camera. Shock proof and waterproof. That would be suitable,though they aren't  cheap.

#7 kimasa

Posted 19 October 2019 - 03:07 PM

PSA to anyone else with an LOL obsessed kid. the OMG dolls are limited release and season 1 seems to only have Lady Divas left in stores as she was the least popular, which I only learned this week and after a mad hunt I managed to find a lone Royal Bee (which is the one my daughter really wants) in a water damaged box in a small independent toystore and the guy tried to talk me out of buying it because "It's not worth anything because the box isn't in mint condition, you won't be able to resell it for hundreds!"

I managed to convince him that my kid really does just want to play with the doll, but he still wrote "Customer is aware box is not in mint condition" on the bottom of my receipt.

I did not realise LOLs were considered collectables.

#8 Serenity Now

Posted 19 October 2019 - 04:07 PM

Another vote for the Nikon coolpix - DD9’s has lasted really well, and we will be getting DS one for his 7th birthday.

#9 Warey2

Posted 19 October 2019 - 04:36 PM

Yep, another vote for coolpix. We have used our kids’ ones for lots of underwater wildlife photos...while the photos probably weren’t great, we were on a snorkeling trip in Africa recently and our guide took the camera and took some AMAZING photos, and we realised it wasn’t so much the camera, but the photographers to blame for the (lack of) quality.

#10 spr_maiden

Posted 20 October 2019 - 11:34 AM

Re Lego pieces,  google brickresales and see if that's what you're after.  Not sure if you're in Qld but they do online sales also I believe.

#11 Mooples

Posted 20 October 2019 - 11:38 AM

I’m looking for hulk toys for a 4 year old, apparently difficult to find in stores.

Also looking for a new water table. We had a little tikes one that broke. It was from toys r us. Not really sure where to buy from now. I want something with lots of ‘activities’ things that spin, squirt, slide etc. and won’t fall apart after a couple of months.

#12 Hands Up

Posted 20 October 2019 - 12:04 PM

Moopless our $24 Kmart one lasted years!

Edited by Hands Up, 20 October 2019 - 12:05 PM.


#13 spr_maiden

Posted 20 October 2019 - 12:25 PM

https://www.babybunt...66#.XavEq1OuadM

We had this one,  and it lasted ~4 years. Think it got wrecked in a move,  but would have lasted more if not for that.

Otherwise you could do a mud kitchen type thing if your style.

#14 Hypnic Jerk

Posted 30 October 2019 - 08:01 PM

A STEM kit subscription service that’s Australian based.
I came across KiwiCo but I’d like to lean towards Australian where possible.

#15 Didi T

Posted 31 October 2019 - 11:52 AM

I don't want to use wrapping paper that just ends up in landfill. Does anyone know where I can get good quality sacks for individual presents that can be re-used year on year?

#16 Sentient Puddle

Posted 31 October 2019 - 11:54 AM

View PostHands Up, on 19 October 2019 - 07:22 AM, said:

I remember last year there was a thread where people would ask questions about where to find certain things for friends and families, and product recommendations. It was so helpful so I thought I’d see if we could start it again?

My questions are:

1) do LEGO kits exist that just contain useful pieces such as doors, windows and roof pieces, or wheels and car pieces?
2) has anyone got a shock proof (ie can be dropped) digital camera recommendation for a five year old?

I just joined Costco and they had their catalogue (or coupons or whatever they are) and they had a gopro type camera advertised currently.

#17 Riotproof

Posted 31 October 2019 - 12:06 PM

View PostDidi T, on 31 October 2019 - 11:52 AM, said:

I don't want to use wrapping paper that just ends up in landfill. Does anyone know where I can get good quality sacks for individual presents that can be re-used year on year?

If you can sew, you can probably make them easily enough.

I searched reusable cloth gift bags and got a lot of hits. Also if you have lots of fabric, you can do the Japanese way where they kind of tie it up like a parcel.

Actually, I might just do that for our family this year.

#18 Wot*A*Lot*Of_____

Posted 31 October 2019 - 12:26 PM

View PostDidi T, on 31 October 2019 - 11:52 AM, said:

I don't want to use wrapping paper that just ends up in landfill. Does anyone know where I can get good quality sacks for individual presents that can be re-used year on year?
I was thinking of just buying some Christmas type fabric and using that for the girls presents this year. They will love it. Plus I am getting some coloured elastic on a roll for tying it. It looks like hat elastic and DD uses it for hair/headbands when needed.

#19 MsLaurie

Posted 31 October 2019 - 01:30 PM

View PostDidi T, on 31 October 2019 - 11:52 AM, said:

I don't want to use wrapping paper that just ends up in landfill. Does anyone know where I can get good quality sacks for individual presents that can be re-used year on year?

“Provincial Living” (at quite a few major shopping centres) has a gorgeous range of sacks in different sizes and colours. I just bought a large one with a Christmas tree pattern in bright pastels, they also had red themes and blue/green themes, maybe also a gold version.

Edited by MsLaurie, 31 October 2019 - 01:32 PM.


#20 mayahlb

Posted 31 October 2019 - 03:11 PM

View PostDidi T, on 31 October 2019 - 11:52 AM, said:

I don't want to use wrapping paper that just ends up in landfill. Does anyone know where I can get good quality sacks for individual presents that can be re-used year on year?

A friend of ours just uses lengths of fabric and refuses then for birthday and Christmas every year. I’ve got a heap of rolls of wrapping paper and once I’ve finished this is what I plan to use.

I’d also be interested in a STEM based kit that was Australian based. We’ve had the kiwico crates but we have had so many issues this year with crates disappearing or not being sent that I’m not renewing it.

#21 seayork2002

Posted 31 October 2019 - 03:57 PM

We had the kiwico crates for about 6 boxes but stopped it as was great to build then it just sat around doing nothing so was expensive for a 'build and forget item' (other kids may play with them again but DS didn't)


We tried one called 'brick loot' from memory but was a very expensive USA one for what you got and we should have guessed but not actual lego.

#22 Kiwi Bicycle

Posted 31 October 2019 - 04:40 PM

View PostDidi T, on 31 October 2019 - 11:52 AM, said:

I don't want to use wrapping paper that just ends up in landfill. Does anyone know where I can get good quality sacks for individual presents that can be re-used year on year?

I got personalised ptinted Santa sacks from www.spatz.com.au. I notice they now have giant ones.
My mum still has the pillowcases I used as a child which we decorated with fabric paint pens.

#23 ainira

Posted 31 October 2019 - 05:22 PM

View PostDidi T, on 31 October 2019 - 11:52 AM, said:

I don't want to use wrapping paper that just ends up in landfill. Does anyone know where I can get good quality sacks for individual presents that can be re-used year on year?

I had custom Santa sacks made by Crimson gifts and they are excellent quality. The giant ones are really giant though!

https://bjarneoworks...by-hoot-designz

#24 Threetwoone

Posted 31 October 2019 - 08:47 PM

I've bought sacks from kmart plus tote bag style ones and also christmas themed shopping bags. There is plenty around, it just depends on your style. I've even thought of Christmas themed pillowcases.

#25 DM. 2012

Posted 31 October 2019 - 09:03 PM

If you have a LEGO shop near you they might have doors and windows in their brick wall.  The shop near us (Westfield Chermside) currently has doors and windows.  You can fill a large cup for $30.  Doors and windows will leave lots of empty space in the cup but there are plenty of little things in the wall to fill the gaps.




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