Written by: Cally Worden
Trying to second-guess the toy preferences of your children can be a terrifying experience. You don’t like to see the kids disappointed, and with budgets tight it’s important to get it right first time.
Whatever the time of year, keeping your finger on the pulse of what’s hot and what’s not in the toy stakes is a good plan. Here is some inside knowledge gleaned from that busy parent’s favourite ally Amazon. Their top 10 wish list for toys currently looks something like this:
1. Chill Factor Squeeze Cup Slushy Maker – an easy to use cup that makes slushy drinks without the usual mess. Freeze the cup then add the chilled drink you want and then squeeze to produce instant slush. Comes in a variety of bright colours, and with a spoon/straw.
2. Medical Carry Case – perfect for make believe and role play this robust plastic case comes with 11 plastic medical items in easy to use chunky sizes for little hands.
3. Woolly Soft Toy – soft toy character from the popular CBeebies show Woolly and Tig. This cuddly spider is suitable from birth and a great size to carry around. Bright colours and soft fabrics will be sure to make this a hit.
4. 15 x Mixed Colour Jet Bouncy Balls – bouncy, bright and cheap, these little balls are perfect for party bags, or to keep in reserve to whip out when your children are glum in the holidays.
5. Insect Lore Butterfly Garden – an ingenious idea, this secure, reusable pop-up net creates an instant safe home within which your children can watch caterpillars transform into butterflies. Suitable from age 4, the caterpillars are provided by post after you request them using the coupon provided in the kit. A wonderful way for kids to get closer to nature.
6. Tomy Pop-Up Pirate – a fun game of nerve for 2-4 players. The pirate sits secure in his barrel as plastic swords are one-by-one inserted into the container. One sword will trigger the ejection of the pirate, but no-one knows when. A fun game aimed at kids from 4-8 years.
7. Assorted Colour Party Bubbles Pack – 24 bottles of bubbly fun for a very reasonable price. Great for parties, bubbles are always a crowd-pleaser.
8. Doctor Who Matt Smith The Eleventh Doctor’s Sonic Screwdriver – a popular gadget from on the hit TV series. Complete with lights, spring-loaded extending action and four different sound effects, this is one of those must-have items for Doctor Who fans.
9. Tomy Octopals Bath Toy – a bright, fun bath toy for little ones with multiple functions. The Mummy Octopus can detach and be used as a cup, and the 8 little babies also come away and can be used as fun squirty toys, or stuck on the walls with their sucker bases. Number matching fun for returning each baby to the right tentacle will keep older toddlers engaged too.
10. Little Tikes Classic Cozy Coupe Ride-on – this popular toy keeps on appearing in the wish-lists and it’s easy to understand why. An affordable and robust car that is brightly coloured and appeals to boys and girls alike. Always a huge hit.