Christmas Tots Toy Guide
Laura, our regular Mum blogger shares her thoughts on some of this year's top 'Tots Toys'
DUPLO Jungle Set£39.99 from www.shop.lego.com
Let kids' imagination run wild and create a new play scene with this DUPLO set. I think it's a great gift item to engage parent and child play together. The set includes plenty of building blocks and also a good number of people and animals to populate your creation.
Smartmax£8.99 from www.amazon.co.uk
Help your child discover the fascinating world of magnetism with this special set that encourages construction and creativity as they build up colourful designs and structures. The magnets can hold up to 60 times their weight so it's perfect for children to do together and mix up with interchangeable sets.
Jumping Po£24.97 from Asda.com
I'd never have thought the Teletubbies would have made such a big revival but sure enough they have and with even more toys to complement the Cbeebies fave. This Jumping Po (my favourite Teletubby!) is more than your average teddy and is full of surprises as she giggles, sings and comes out with some of her signature phrases.
RoboChicco£29.99 from www.chicco.co.uk
Fast and furious eat your heart out with this remote controlled RoboChicco transformable car. An addition to the popular Turbo Team collection, this slick and stylish toy converts from a car into a futuristic designed robot in three simple steps. The chunky, easy to use remote makes it easy for little hands to get to grips with, causing mayhem around the house.
Musical Activity Pinky Ponk£49.99 from www.argos.co.uk
It's not Christmas without a crazy loud musical toy and this definitely ticks the box! Fortunately there's more to it than just noise, with counting, a shape sorter, lights and pull-along play from the Magical Balloon and In the Night Garden characters.
Peppy Puppy£27.99 www.flairplc.co.uk
Desperate for a dog but don't want the real thing? Then this is the perfect plush pet pal that will run, jump and play - thanks to spring action manoeuvres that will amaze little ones and keep them entertained (and exercised!) for hours. Better still, no batteries are needed!
Aqua Mini Micro Deluxe Scooter£69.95 from www.micro-scooters.co.uk
This is some of the very best three-wheeled fun kids can have - and the upgraded Mini Micro scooter features more flexibility to grow and adapt with younger children thanks to adjustable handlebars and improved grip. I love this gorgeous unisex aqua colourway.
Read with me Scout/Violet£29.99 from www.leapfrog.com
I adore reading and it's a gift I am desperate to pass on to my own children. This is a great introduction to this life skill as the interactive puppy reads along with the child and poses different questions and expressions to not just add enjoyment, but also get them thinking and building comprehension skills.
Orchard Toys Board Gamesfrom £7.50 from www.orchardtoys.com
Board games to me are the oldies but the goodies. Orchard keep compiling new games pushing the boundaries for the pre school market and this Christmas they've two exciting games - What's the Time Mr Wolf? and Follow that Car, and a colourful puzzle for toddlers - Once upon a Time. All great family fun with our new favourite being ‘What's the Time Mr. Wolf?' … that has a strong educational element with analogue and digital time telling.
Wheelybug£59.95 from www.hippychick.com/wheelybugs
For super slidey fun, the Wheelybugs can be pushed, pulled ridden, whatever the heart desires! Scooting around on four wheels, they are beautifully made and illustrated with children's favourite bugs and animals while promoting good special awareness. Dormice are now a threatened species in the UK so £1 from the super-cute Mouse Wheelybugs will be donated to the People's Trust for Endangered Species to help their conservation efforts.
London Bus Wooden Stacker£14 from www.jojomamanbebe.co.uk
This is one of the classic kid's toys that I think will never lose appeal. These solid high quality striking-red blocks make up a traditional London bus and can assist with counting skills, order and recognition.
Disney Princess Toddler Dolls£19.99 from Smyths Toys
These royal dolls are the ideal introductory doll for little boys and girls. Reminiscent of the best-loved Disney princess films, they're familiar, quite big, very durable and have hardly any fiddly bits on their clothing, which makes caring for and playing with them easy and fun.
Strider Sport Bike£88 from www.striderbike.co.uk
For some wheely good fun (sorry I couldn't resist!) this is a fantastic balance bike to introduce essential steps to cycling. Super-lightweight and easy for mum and dad to put together and adjust, it's suitable for little ones from as young as 18 months up to 5 years, so it's a pressie that will last the test of time.
My First Scalextric£34 from www.scalextric.com/uk-en/
I have fond memories of Scalextric in my childhood as my brother and I would race the cars round the track. I love that this junior version is a simple set up that builds anticipation and has oodles of competitive excitement.
Weebles - Paw Patrol Weebles£29.99 www.character-online.com
This Pull & Play Seal Island set is the ideal setting for a Paw Patrol adventure. The wobbly Weebles rock and wobble along the paths, chutes and swings allowing kids to get imaginative with their creative play.
iCandy MiPeach£180 from www.icandyworld.com
Girls and boys will delight in this miniature version of the real thing to emulate their parents as they take younger siblings for walks around the block and to the park. Right down to the recline settings, adjustable handlebars and reversible seat piece, the mini version and its accessories make it a real head turner for kids on the block.
Mum to two energetic toddlers and a new baby. Laura is a journalist and Mum and enjoys reviewing products with her children, exploring new trends, and more importantly, life as a mummy. Continuously trying to get a grip of motherhood and maintaining a realistic life balance!