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Toys and books for a 2.5 year old boy

Magpie
The list author says: "Our little guy is 2 and a half, and these are the toys and books we think he'd love"
Construction Set
Construction Set
"We have a great wooden workbench and tools from highlights, but it's a little low on parts.  Thanks for getting these, Papa and Grandma!"
Maxim Tumble Tree Timbers 300 Piece Set
Maxim Tumble Tree Timbers 300 Piece Set
"He's always building, and loves every kind of block.  Thanks, Papa and Grandma!"
Stikits 440 Piece Set
Stikits 440 Piece Set
"eco-friendly, reusable, cornstarch blocks that stick together with moisture.  Hours of fun...looks great!"
X9X Green Wooden SUV
X9X Green Wooden SUV
"Anything he can build, take apart, and rebuild has been a lasting favorite.  He already has the orange compact car, and a few more would allow him to get creative with car building."
WowWee Tribot Talking Companion
WowWee Tribot Talking Companion
"He's really fascinated by robots.  This one looks easy to use, has good reviews, and doesn't cost an arm and a leg."
Schylling Classic Windup Robot
Schylling Classic Windup Robot
"A little wind-up robot...just for fun"
Learning Resources Stethoscope
Learning Resources Stethoscope
"He really loves playing doctor, and he often pretends he can hear our hearts, stomachs, and voices in his plastic stethoscope.  He'd be thrilled with one that really works!  Thanks, Papa and Grandma!"
Blue Junior Physician Outfit with Lab Coat, Scrub Set, and Stethoscope,  Size 4/6
Blue Junior Physician Outfit with Lab Coat, Scrub Set, and Stethoscope, Size 4/6
"We're building up the imaginary play outfits we have.  Chef, check.  Knight, check. Farmer, check. A doctor play outfit would be really cool."
RYANS ROOM HOMETOWN HEROS WOODEN FIRE STATION
RYANS ROOM HOMETOWN HEROS WOODEN FIRE STATION
"On sale!  In the Christmas books we have, all the kids seem to get fire trucks.  Now it's the only thing he's asking for.  This one would be so much fun for him...he'd love the imaginary play and the fire house!"
Ryan's Room Li'l Fire Stoppers Big Red Truck
Ryan's Room Li'l Fire Stoppers Big Red Truck
"The same fire truck that comes with the above set, but on its own.  A little cheaper, and it still looks fun!  Thanks Papa and Grandma!"
The Elves and the Shoemaker
The Elves and the Shoemaker
"A classic story illustrated by one of our very favorite illustrators.  His books are beautiful."
Night of the Moonjellies
Night of the Moonjellies
"Beautiful illustrations, great reviews, and it has a boat and sea creatures.  He'll love it."
Forest Bright, Forest Night (Sharing Nature With Children Book)
Forest Bright, Forest Night (Sharing Nature With Children Book)
"Great concept for a book, beautiful illustrations, and he'll enjoy learning all the animal names.  We really really want this one!"
This Is Ireland
This Is Ireland
"We'd love to teach him more about his Irish roots, so we're trying to collect some books about Ireland and Irish folk tales."
Roxaboxen
Roxaboxen
"A story about the imagination and a city created by children.  Illustrated by one of our favorites.  A classic."
In the Night Kitchen (Caldecott Collection)
In the Night Kitchen (Caldecott Collection)
"He loves this story, but we only have the movie.  Every time we're at the bookstore he asks to read this one...that probably means it should be in our home library!"