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As Christmas time is fast approaching now I’m getting myself organised! I’ve got a great selection of toys that are perfect for children around 5, including my own daughter.
*Dougie the Dinosaur books are a series of lovely books, from the owner of Little Me Day Nurseries, aimed at pre-school children, designed to encourage children to engage in conversations about their own experiences and emotions through stories, games, activities and even questions. These books really encourage the importance of kindness through our own actions, words and thoughts too.
A fun day out has been hard to come by this year, which is why I think this Kidzania Day Out voucher is a perfect gift. It can be used any time in the next 20 months and is the great way to gift a free day out to a loved one. Kidzania is an indoor city built just for children in London. Little ones can try out different role playing scenarios, such as working in a supermarket or being a pilot and earn the Kidzania currency, KidZos, as they do!
5 year olds typically love a bit of tech! Daisy loves being able to use her tablet to watch her favourite shows, practice phonics and even speak to loved ones with supervision. I’m NOT a big fan of the noise though, especially if I’m trying to work, so these *PuroBasic Volume Limited Wired Headphones are perfect! They come in a range of colours, are great to protect little one’s delicate hearing and they are super comfortable too.
Now is the best time to spend time taking care of your children’s health. The FourFit Mini 2 fitness tracker is a sleek fitness band that tracks activity and includes heart rate tracking as standard too! You can track sleep too, which is ideal if you want to keep an eye on your child’s overall health and lifestyle. There is an easy find option from the phone app and it even comes with step tracking and a vibration smart alarm which is ideal for morning wake ups without disturbing the whole family.
*Sam the Speedy Sloth is a delightful children’s book from Matthew Ralph is packed full of bright rainforest scenes and lovely, cute animal illustrations. Sam goes on a jungle adventure and it is such a lovely story to read with rhyming words and fun animal races.
You can also buy a personalised copy of Sam the Speedy Sloth which I think is particularly adorable! Daisy loves a personalised book, and has quite a few now. I think personalised books are great for helping really engage children into a story. This lovely personalised version is on a 15% discount during the festive period for 2020!
The *Stomp Rocket® Junior Glow is such a fantastic toy for little ones this Christmas. Little ones can run, jump and stomp on the Stomp Rocket® Junior Glow, which is a 100% kid-powered rocket that can soar 100s of feet into the air and is appropriate for children from the age of just 3!
Stomp Rocket® Junior Glow is a great way to encourage little ones to learn more about STEM, have fun and get out in the fresh air away from their screens too! It is fast, easy to assemble and portable. You can buy the Stomp Rocket® Junior Glow from Amazon, John Lewis, Toymaster and Hamleys.
I love toys that can help to encourage core skills, such as concentration or fine motor skills. The *Hey Duggee Memory Game is perfect for 5-year-olds! There are 24 pairs of cards, cover with bright and colourful background to help little ones practice matching pairs, testing their memory or you can even use it for a good old fashioned game of snap. I love that this game has two purposes, which help to prevent boredom building up. If you want to make the game a little easier then you could easily cut down the number of pairs that you use, for a quicker game.
*Slimy Joe is a carnivorous plant, that loves to devour the rare flutterby. You need to reach into the slime and rescue all of the flutterbys before it is too late! Act fast, as you just never know when the mouth is going to slam shut!
Super Wings fans will love the Super Wings World Aircraft! This features in the brand new episodes of Super Wings Super-Charge and is the centre for all of the adventures that Jett and all his friends go on. This can fly through the sky with the help of the handle or glide along the ground with the real working wheels.
There is also a lift at the back of the playlet which takes the figurines up to the take-off platform! Pull the trigger on the handle and then the runway will reveal itself! Best of all this set is compatible with the Transform a Bot figures which can be stored in side to be close by when the next adventure begins!
My little girl absolutely loves Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler books, as do I! *This Snail and The Whale puzzle is absolutely perfect for little fans. We love to gift puzzles, as they are such a long lasting gift for little ones. They’re durable, easy to slot together and it helps children to practice memory skills too. This puzzle has 16 bright, vibrant pieces that are really high quality, with a strong premium grade cardboard and a linen finish print too for a crisp final image.
Who doesn’t love a lift-the-flap board book? The Scary Book, from Prestel Publishing, features bats, snakes and spiders. The book shows the INSIDE of the animals, which is delightfully ghoulish and great for inquisitive little ones. You see the creatures and then lift-the-flap to see their horrible insides! Available from good bookstores.
Grow & Play is a new toy from Peppa Pig with George, Suzy Sheep and Rebecca Rabbit. Little ones can sow the provided seeds and learn how to look after edible plants and watch them grow too. Peppa Pots are perfect to help get little ones interested in gardening, and where their own food comes from, as well as the responsibility of taking care of a little plant of their own. You can even clip together the fences from one set to another to make a little row of Peppa Pig houses on a street! Peppa contains cress seeds, George’s seeds grow pea shoots, Rebecca has basil seeds and Suzy has Red Amaranth.
*Munchin’ Monkey is an eating, swinging, nappy splitting monkey game! Roll the dice, feed the monkey water or a coconut and when the nappy bursts you’re the winner! This is the perfect silly fun game for little ones to play with friends or parents.
Every bird from *tweet beats has a unique sound for each stage, and you can use them together, or alone, to make a unique song. Vocals, bass, melody and beat combine together to make a fun song of your little ones choosing.
STEM activities are great fun for little ones, and the *green science kit is a fantastic way to practice STEM activities, while learning more about the environment or sustainability.
Little ones can launch an incredibly recycled rocket, grow their own plants or even discovery the science behind renewable energy. There are 15+ activities, with apparatus, and a great educational booklet provided too.
Little ones can enjoy a cosy nights sleep in this Bing Bunny reversible bedding. Bing and Flop feature on this fantastic, soft bedding against a blue background. Flip it over and you’ll see a fantastic vibrant striped scene featuring Bing, Flop and Sula. This is suitable for matching washing, and tumble drying too.