Enjoy these magically festive and fun stocking fillers for ages 4+ from Ravette Publishing. Join the Smelly Sprout (RRP £4.99) and all his friends in this fun-packed sticker activity book. It’s packed with puzzles, games, join-the-dots, colouring pages, a tasty recipe and fantastic sticker pages. Another charming, touching and funny tale from best-selling children’s author, Allan Plenderleith, is Teddy Christmas (RRP £5.99). Poor Teddy is thrown out on Christmas Eve and all he wants is to find someone new to love him and hold him for Christmas. On his adventures he has helped so many new friends that there is hardly any of him left to love! Available from Amazon and all good bookstores.
See balloons in a different light this year and switch out the same old Christmas décor with the help of Qualatex®, The Very Best Balloons®. Let one of Santa’s Elves spread joy and light up hearts this festive season with Elf Buddy (RRP £19.99). Not just for kids, this quirky design made from latex and foil balloons stands about 1 metre high, is certain to bring Christmas cheer to all and provide hours of holiday entertainment. For a perfect table centrepiece that’s colourful, fun and yet easy to talk around, let Santa himself sprinkle some magic with this neat “Ho Ho Ho!” balloon bouquet (RRP £17.99). With the bouquet floating neatly in shape for several days, it’s sure to be a big hit this Christmas. For stockists visit www.thequalatexevent.com or call 0800 28 12 15.
The award-winning Roll-Up Bizzy Mat® is a dry-erase whiteboard on one side and a wipe-clean placemat on the other. It also rolls up to fit into your bag to take anywhere! Perfect for keeping busy on trains, planes, cars, restaurants and holidays. Draw, write or play games like hangman, noughts and crosses or squares. Then erase, turn over, eat, roll up and pop into your bag to use again and again. It’s a great way to keep kids busy and creative while out and about and provides an excellent alternative to a screen. It makes spelling and numbers practice much more fun when you’re back home too! Suitable for children aged 3+, it includes two crayons and a cloth for immediate use. Available in pink, blue and red at RRP £9.99 from Amazon and www.keepingbizzy.com
Get crafty and creative this Christmas with the all-new Simbrix Kits. Suitable for ages 6+, these award-winning, multi-coloured simulated bricks connect and hold together bit by bit, forming an inspirational array of designs, which can be easily made and re-made. From wonderful wildlife to crazy celebrity creations, there’s no limit to the imagination when you’re young at heart! Without any need for tweezers, peg board, ironing or glueing, Simbrix is simple, educational and therapeutic and works for anyone from fun kids to professional artists. The brightly packaged kits lift Simbrix to new heights with a handy transparent Play Tray box, multi-coloured brix, new colours, design inspiration cards, Simbrix stickers and an exclusive inventor postcard in each kit. Available from RRP £18 at Amazon or for details visit www.simbrix.com
Let your kids’ imaginations run wild with the award-winning Playmags™, as they create cubes, house, airplanes, cars, fish and much more. It is made up of the strongest 3D magnetic construction blocks, Supermags, which attract on all sides and can be easily connected together to form many different geometric shapes and structures. Building with magnetic tiles inspires creativity and brain development, teaches basic maths concepts like counting, addition and subtraction, as well as providing fun construction-based play for children aged 3+. The bonus ABC letters and numbers, ‘clickins’, make the sets even more fun and educational. Playmags sets come in eleven sizes from a 20-piece set up to a 150-piece set plus optional accessories. Available from RRP £19.99 at Amazon or for details visit www.playmags.com
Perfect for the annual Christmas Day board game battle, experience the frenetic world of international finance in The TAKEOVER Game® (RRP £29.99). Get rich, eliminate other players through hostile takeovers and become the master of the financial universe. Earning money is easy but holding assets can be risky. Accumulating too much debt, market movements and trading between other players can quickly turn a predator into prey. In the FAKE NEWS Card Game® (RRP £7.99), can you tell the difference between fake news and an actual news story? Can you convince your friends that lies could be real? Well this is the game for you. Fast, funny and, at times, fake, this is the ultimate Christmas game. Suitable for ages 12+. Available from Amazon. For details visit www.thetakeovergame.com
Suitable for ages 4 – 8, the multi award winning Cheeky Monkeys is a fun, fast paced game of chance for all the family from Orchard Toys. There’s no hanging around in this fun strategy game as you battle to collect the most bananas – but watch out for other players trying to steal them! Players must choose whether to play it safe or spin again at the risk of losing all their bananas. Children will enjoy hanging their monkeys onto the 3D tree, which adds another fun dimension to this exciting game. As well as teaching basic counting skills, Cheeky Monkeys encourages children to think strategically, interact with others and make decisions. Available at RRP £9.50 from www.orchardtoys.com and all good retailers.
Enjoy perfect Christmas family gameplay with Green Board Games, the makers of the award winning BrainBox range. To date Green Board Games have sold over 5 million BrainBoxes across 61 countries, in 28 languages! Have some fun with friends and family playing these superb games with an enjoyably educational edge – play together, learn together! BrainBox games are available at RRP £11.99 from all good toy stores. Join the BrainBox Club, find out your BrainBox personality or invent your own game, see the Young Games Inventor Competition at www.greenboardgames.com or www.brainbox.co.uk
Will you get your reef ‘n’ counter with the new game Coral Reef from Tactic Games? Speed and recognition is needed in this aquatic adventure game. Look for the marine animals shown on the two cards and point them out at the same time. Beat the other players and you will be rewarded with a detailed animal figurine. A magical introduction to sea life for children aged 4+, Coral Reef comes with a double-sided game board consisting of giant puzzle pieces which can be arranged in different ways for added excitement. Available at RRP £19.99 from all good toy retailers. For details visit www.tactic.net
Virtual Reality comes to radio control with the new Spot VR drone (SRP £69.99) and the award-winning VR Racer (SRP £99.99) from Revell Control. Spot VR streams live video to your smartphone (via free iOS/Android app), mounted to the controller or inside the VR goggles for an immersive virtual reality experience. Take photos or shoot video, perform flips and there’s three speed/skill settings to choose from. VR Racer brings the experience to ground level, but is no less thrilling! The LiFePo rechargeable battery gives up to 30 minutes run time, while car and camera are shock and splash protected. Live video is streamed to your smartphone, which is mounted inside the VR goggles. It’s just like sitting in the driver’s seat and you can video each drive for later sharing! Available from Toys R Us and all good toy and model stores. For details visit www.revell.de/en
The Flyte case scooter is an evolution in kids travel. The Midi Flyte for ages 4-8 and the Mini Flyte for ages 2-4 turn every journey into an adventure, whether it’s a jaunt to the park, a trip round the world or just tackling the school run. With an easy-to-fold footplate that hides neatly within the case, the Flyte can also be used as an easy to pull along case or a compact piece of cabin sized luggage. Just fold this out and it transforms into a fully-functioning scooter with rock ‘n’ roll steering. Designed with vibrancy and quirkiness, the Flyte case scooter will be a child’s best travelling companion. Available at RRP £69.99 from www.zincflyte.com and other good retailers including Argos.
Take a seat for the ultimate gaming, movies and music with BraZen Gaming Chairs from BoysStuff.co.uk. All chairs are suitable for ages 6+ and compatible with games consoles, MP3 players, smartphones and TVs. The BraZen Sabre 2.0 Surround Sound Gaming Chair (RRP £79.95) is a fun, functional and stylish mains-powered floor rocker with two embedded speakers to provide a quality surround sound experience. As seen on C5’s The Gadget Show, the BraZen Spirit DUO 2.1 Bluetooth Surround Sound Gaming Chair (RRP £169.95) can be used as BOTH a floor rocker and a pedestal chair. It features two embedded speakers, “rumble feedback”, Bluetooth and hardwired connectivity. The BraZen Sultan Elite PC Gaming Chair (RRP £224.95) offers the best in design, size and comfort. The chair is engineered with the professional gamer in mind, including over-sized dimensions; extra foam padding; tilting function and 4-dimensional adjusting arms. Available from www.BoysStuff.co.uk
Power up and get on board with the UK’s most trusted wheeled sports brand, Zinc. Suitable for ages 14+, the sleek Smart X (RRP £399.99) hoverboard meets all industry standards for user and electrical safety, featuring up to 90 minutes run time and a lithium battery fully charged in 3 hours. Reach speeds of 7.5mph with a tilt of your toes and travel up to 15km in one go. Take on 20 degree inclines and stay in control with anti-slip foot platforms and balance indicator. Bright LED lights and 6.5 inch rubber tyres complete the futuristic feel. Suitable for ages 8+, the Smart Astrum scooter is slim-line, innovative and stylish, with a new longer lasting lightweight lithium battery to enhance the thrills. It can reach speeds of up to 15mph and offers 90 minutes run time, while the rear footbrake ensures safe braking. Thumb trigger rapid acceleration makes this a must-have Christmas gift. Available from Argos and Halfords. For details visit www.zincsports.com
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