With Christmas just around the corner, the little ones are already starting to make their wish lists for Santa and work out exactly which toys they’d like this year. If your friends or relatives have recently welcomed a new addition to the family, thinking about what to get them for Christmas can be difficult. Small children’s toys need to be hard-wearing, fun, and easy to play with – and if it can help them learn too, then even better!
If you’re choosing some toys for a baby or young child, go for something soft, cuddly and plush so they can play with it lots and it feels nice for them to hug. The Fisher-Price Soothe and Glow Seahorse in Blue has a gentle glowing belly and plays different soothing music when cuddled at night – perfect for a first Christmas. Another lovely present for a new born is the Mamas & Papas Rattle Pack, with cute snail and caterpillar rattles in bright colours. These rattles feature a Velcro strap to attach to the little one’s wrist, encouraging them to move around and shake the rattle for themselves.
Children aged 12 months and up are at the perfect age for learning and development, so why not try something fun and educational? The LeapFrog Lettersaurus is a musical alphabet game which can help little ones learn letters and sounds in a playful way. Another challenging toy is the Tomy Hide and Squeak Eggs. This shape sorting game comes in a hard wearing box and will keep kids entertained for hours on Christmas morning, experimenting with the different colours and sounds.
For slightly older children, aged over 18 months, it’s time to push the boat out. With more independence and awareness, children of this age will love this Little Tikes Cozy Coupe. The mini car has been popular for over 30 years and is instantly recognisable. Your little ones drive can around in style this winter with this cute coupe, and there’s even a removable floor too, so you can offer your kids more freedom as they grow.
All children have their favourite character, whether it be from a book, TV show, or film, which makes character toys a sure bet when shopping for children this Christmas. The Sesame Street Count and Crunch Cookie Monster brings everyone’s favourite blue friend to life with its clever cookie-eating and interactive features, and will help with learning to count too. There are also toys for the Fireman Sam fan. The Fireman Sam Deluxe Fire Station Playset is an exact replica of the TV fire station, recreated for little hands – perfect for aspirational fire fighters this holiday.
For those just about to head off to pre-school, there are some great toys which will encourage collaborative play, helping children prepare to mix with others. The Fisher-Price Brilliant Basics Medical Kit, which comes with its own stethoscope, blood pressure cuff, otoscope, thermometer, syringe, and bandage, all in a handy soft bag. Soon there’ll be medical emergencies popping up around the Christmas table as your little doctor or nurse tends to all the yuletide ‘injuries’ – now if only it came with some indigestion tablets!