Thursday, 26 November 2015

Gift Guide: For Children (Toys)

Hi Everyone today I have compiled some toy ideas for your little ones. 
Most of the items included are gifts that we have got for Blake for either Christmas or Birthday and also some from his amazon wishlist or that I have come across and thought that's a great idea. 

Tomorrow I've got a non toy item list coming up which includes clothing, books etc. 

Playmobil City Life Car*
This playmobil city life car is suitable for ages 4-10 years. 
The car accommodates two figures the front window is removable and the trunk can be opened. An ideal gift for children who love the Playmobil range. 

£14 Sold in most toy stores. 

Fisher Price Laugh and Learn Piggy Bank
We purchased this toy for Blake's birthday its suitable from 6 months . 
This piggy bank introduces counting, colors and music. 
There are 10 colorful coins that drop into the piggys back.
There are a variety of developmentally appropriate songs, phrases and sounds within two levels of play - just slide the switch to choose the right one.
Level 1 - Explore - 6 months+ First words and sounds spark baby's curiosity
Level 2 - Encourage - 12 months+ Prompt baby though questions and simple directions. 

In The Night Garden Explore and Learn Musical Activity Table
We have also got this for Blake for his birthday. 
I can't wait for him to play with this he loves In the night garden especially iggle piggle. 
There are many fab features of this activity table: 

-  Table,hammer, bridge, carousel, cave, Igglepiggle, Upsy Daisy and Makka Pakka figures
-Dimensions: 40L X 60W X51H cm
-Iconic In the Night Garden bridge which the figurines can stand on
-Put Makka Pakka to bed in his cosy cave
-Use the character figurines to wind up the carousel for a gentle lullaby
-Flip the page on the electronic book to hear short stories
-5 light up stepping stones featuring character images
-5 electronic learning games – use the squeaky hammer or hand to play
-Store accessories within the table
-Batteries required: 3 x AA (not included)

Sold in most toy stores

Fisher price Beat Bo
This is said to be one of the popular toys for Christmas 2015. 
Suitable for 9 months and upwards. 
 Press  Fisher-Price Bright Beats Dance and Move BeatBo’s tummy or any of the buttons on his feet to  activate fun songs, learning content and dance moves. 
 BeatBo is your futuristic friend even allows parents or baby to record a phrase, and he’ll remix it into his favourite song.
 His 3 modes, Dance ‘n Move, Learning and games, and customized Sing-Along, "grow" with baby to make him a fun, entertaining companion for years to come. All the while, he’s introducing baby to letters, colors, counting, music and much more!

Barbie Malibu House
Barbie loves her Malibu House there are tons of possibilities for play. 
From relaxing quiet time to a house party with her fabulous friends and family. 
With six rooms, stylish furniture and awesome accessories, you can recreate favorite scenes and imagine new Malibu fun adventures. 

Suitable for 3 years and above 

Megabloks time to build 
60 builders blocks for hours of fun play. 
They are in  classic primary color theme although you can buy pink ones too. 
I personally don't like the idea of pink for girls and would have the classic ones
for both genders. 
They are eco friendly with PVC-free packaging with strap for storage and portability.
compatible with other megoblocks products to continue the fun. 

Fisher price smart stages scooter
This is Blake's main Christmas present and it looks like so much fun! 
It has the smart stages learning technology meaning it will grow with him. 
Every baby develops at his or her own pace, and Smart Stages technology gives you the ability to select the stage that’s best for your child! 
There are a variety of developmentally appropriate songs, phrases and sounds within three levels of play,just slide the switch for level changes.
 Level 1  is Explore  suitable for  12M+ First words and sounds spark baby’s curiosity.
 Level 2  is Encourage suitable for 18M+ Prompt baby through questions and simple directions.
 Level 3 is  Pretend  suitable for 24M+ Imaginative fun and early role play.

Leapfrog My Pal Scout/My Pal Violet
Give learning a personal touch with a soft, cuddly puppy pal. 
My Pal Scout/Violet can learn your child's name and likes such as favorite food.
This is done via connecting to your mobile or tablet and using the app. 
If your child has a very unique name though its worth looking to see if that name
is in the list of names.
Suitable for children 6-36 months. 
The cute puppy teaches:
- Learning about numbers: children are introduced to number names and number order through counting games and activities.

- Introducing daily routines: learning about daily routines help children develop a sense of time and sequence.

Learning about feelings: even very young children can begin to recognise and express their feelings, as well as the feelings of others.

Lego Duplo my first  farm
Introduce farm life to little ones with Lego Duplo 
my first farm. 
An ideal gift for helping with fine motor skills.
Includes chunky, special decorated bricks which help to teach your toddler about farm life.
Features an easy-to-build farm with opening doors and windows, a feeding trough and two child LEGO DUPLO figures.
Also includes a sheep, cow and chicken animal figures, plus three brightly coloured bricks decorated with farm animal produce.
Suitable for children 2-5 years

Leapfrog Sing and Play Farm
Keeping with the farm theme the Leapfrog Sing and Play farm 
is a great toy that has many buttons to push, keys to turn and switches to flip. 
The farm has lots of great little features, including an illuminating lantern, a chirping chick, a hidden owl and lots, lots more! Every touch triggers familiar tunes, sound effects, and voices.
Ideal for 6 months and up

Connect 4
I love traditional games for Children that we grow up with.
Connect 4 is one of them games which is why I have included it in
this gift guide. 
suitable for children 6 years and up. 

Orchard Toys Shopping List
I use to work in a Nursery and studied childcare at college, so this 
was when I first came across this game. 
I really love it and the children in the pre-school had so much fun.
It's suitable for children ages 3-7 years. 
I will certainly be wanting Blake to have this game when he is a little older. 

So there you have it my Christmas Gift Guide for children. 
I have tried to include a mixture of ages so that you can find something suitable. 

Check back for tomorrows gift guide on non toy items for children. 

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  1. these toys look great, thanks for recommending, some good ideas xx

  2. We bought my daughter the (then) Duplo Farm - was played with for years (and is now in loft waiting for the next generation). It just never wears out.

  3. some great ideas, I do love leapfrog toys, some are really educational.

  4. Some great choices. My son loves duplo and playmobil

  5. Fab gift guide - lots of great ideas, has helped me a lot. Thanks

  6. You've got some great choices here, my boys are both huge fans of Lego Duplo and Mega Bloks. You can't go wrong with building sets! x

  7. i like the leapfrog bears but my daughter would like the barbie house although we have built recently a great giant dolls house which is massive! Angela

  8. Hadn't seen the playmobil car, my little would love it. Although I definitely say it has a boot not a trunk lol

  9. Great ideas! I still need to do most of my shopping! x

  10. Great gift guide, my nephew would love connect 4. I think he wouldn't tire too easily with it

  11. That beatbo robot looks hilarious. Thanks for this, just reminded me what a gem conncect 4 is.

  12. Mega Bloks are such good fun, my twin nephews have loads and I love building huge towers for them to kick over x

  13. Great gift guide. Some good ideas.

  14. Great list - we still love the old classics too! connect 4 is a family favourite!

  15. We got the shopping list to review and he absolutely loves the game. Connect 4 is such a classic game and Matthew used to love playing it when he was only a year putting the circles into the holes.

  16. Thats given me some ideas! Thanks

  17. Love a gift guide, picking for children in the family is hard!

  18. These are all fab gifts - my Oscar would love to receive all of them!!

    Louise x