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These classic card games from Cartamundi are the ideal summer holiday activity and travel accessory for the whole family. Wheel and deal with cards in the classic property-trading game, Shuffle Monopoly Deal. It’s frenetic fun as you charge players rent with Action cards, steal their cards or demand money. Build up three property sets and loads of cash until you’re the winner. Play the original mystery-face guessing game with cards and have hours of fun with Shuffle Guess Who? Eliminate the wrong faces to guess who’s on your opponent’s card! Suitable for ages 4 and up. Available at £6.99 each from ASDA, Tesco and WH Smith. For details visit www.cartamundi.co.uk.
The craft sensation that took the U.S. by storm is here! Welcome to HGL’s Loom Twister, the simple device that lets you create fantastic jewellery, friendship bands and bangles from rubber bands on a specially created loom. It’s easy to use and comes in various kit sizes, from a small ‘training kit’ to a 2000 band carry case with easy to store compartments for ‘at a glance’ colour matching. With lots of ‘how to’ videos on YouTube, summer is looming – it’s all about the bands! Suitable for ages 5 and up. Available at £9.99 from all good toy retailers. For details visit www.ozzbozz.co.uk
The new Summer Action range from Revell offers everything kids need for a perfect, action-filled summer. At under £10 each, the hand launch gliders are bound to be a flyaway hit. Four gliders are equipped with elastic motors and come pre-painted with attractive designs. Or create your own dream aircraft with two hand launch gliders that include paint-pots, paint brushes and a mixing container. The rockets will really take off, with a high-performance model reaching up to 50 metres high and a super-soft foam model reaching 15 metres high. Suitable for ages 8 and up. Available from £4.99 to £19.99 at all good toy and model retailers. For details visit www.revell.de/en.
The most popular outdoor game in Nordic countries arrives on these shores, courtesy of Tactic Games. To play Mölkky®, all you need is an outdoor space, a few friends and a set of Mölkky pins! No physical strength is required; success is based on a combination of chance and throwing accuracy. The first player to knock down 50 points worth of pins with a Mölkky skittle wins! Suitable for ages 6 and up. Available at £39.99 from www.amazon.co.uk and all good toy stores.
The Scoot & Ride Highwaybaby from Upcoming Minds is the must-have vehicle for toddlers this summer, but is it a push-bike or a scooter? It combines both types of vehicles in one for children up to 3 years of age, helping them ride a bike, gain their balance and ride a scooter in style. This fantastic 2-in-1 concept is new to the UK and has recently won the Red Dot Award. The series includes the Highwayfreak for children aged between 3 to 5 years, as well as the Highwaygangster for teenagers. Scoot & Ride – it’s double summer fun for everyone! Available at £59.99 from www.duplay.co.uk
On-trend for this summer is the 50 cm long, 2.4GHz Speedboat Maxi from Revell Control with a high speed racing motor which produces tremendous power. It also features a righting function, watertight covers and engine protection, as the motor doesn’t run outside water. Suitable for ages 15 and up. Available at £69.99 from www.amazon.co.uk and all good toy and model stores. For details visit www.revell.de/en
Rock and roll! A USA phenomenon is now rolling into the UK, it’s cool summer action with the patented Rockboard RBX scooter from Upcoming Minds. Propel yourself forwards without ever putting a foot on the ground! With the “Rock-it method” momentum is achieved with each rock, wasting zero energy and allowing the scooter to reach speeds up to 10mph. Suitable for ages 8 and up. Maximum weight: 220 lbs./99.8 kg, so the Rockboard RBX scooter can also be used by overgrown kids! Available in red, black and blue at £139.99 from www.duplay.co.uk
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