Did she really say the C word..?
Well yes I’m afraid I did because along with other bloggers I was invited as part a member of the panel for the Mum’s Choice Awards to view toys from over 30 exhibitors due to be popular for the coming festive season. I was excited at the opportunity to rate toys and went prepared to be a harsh critic considering myself an expert after over 8yrs suffering heaps of broken and abandoned toys that are useless for all but cluttering our home and tripping me over in the middle of the night.
However we really were spoilt for choice with an amazing selection of quality toys! Myself and Sarah from Boo Roo & Tigger Too investigated, examined and rated and were almost as excitable as well…
Children in a toy store!!
The results of the Mum’s Choice Awards are in and each one is sure to delight any child come Christmas morning; even if you’re not thinking about Christmas yet there are lots of other reasons some of these toys are great buys. The Trunki PaddlePak would be perfect for Summer Holiday Adventures and many of the items on show were priced in the range I’d spend on gifts for all the friend’s parties the children are invited to.
These are my choices in each of my children’s age groups…
For a baby (1+) girl:-
Nici Wonderland Dolls – Nici designs a range of stunning plush toys including amazing dragons, horses and lots of accessories including stationery that will appeal to older children. My favourite was MiniLara with red hair like my girls, she loves to garden and can be accessorised with different outfits, hats and hair-bands.
Haba – Pictured is the magnetic fishing game but all their products are high quality and perfect for children of this age group. The ‘My Play World’ sets would make ideal gifts each set includes a box forming the building to house the characters and includes, zoo, farm, fire station and riding stables.
In the Night Garden – I haven’t known many little people who aren’t drawn to this show’s colourful and appealing characters. This year a new range of Night Garden toys will be available, including a lullaby Iggle Piggle who calms baby to sleep with glowing cheeks and Play a Tune Upsy Daisy with buttons on her skirt playing different notes so little ones can compose their own tune.
For a toddler (3+) boy:-
Go MINI Cars – one of the winners in the Mum’s Choice Awards; these bright and colourful cars come in a range of sizes and include Stunt Racers (each doing an individual trick, Freestylers (with special features like flashing lights or music) and the remote control RC Wolf. This year sees the release of the HQ play set, a showroom for your cars with ramps, chutes and showroom.
For Girls (7+):-
Blingles Glimmer, Glam Styler – A new member of the Blingles range, creating sparkly sticker designs instead of the original gem ones. Honestly craft sets are hit and miss, so many impress on adverts yet disappoint by being cheaply made or awkward to create the final effect. Others are expensive ways of packaging a craft that is easily done by purchasing basic items or ingredients. This one is great!! We have the gem version and Madam has bought several accessory packs with pocket and birthday money – I would happily buy her this variant.
VTech Secret Safe Diary – I bought this for her birthday, she loves anything that locks and this one is voice activated so her brother’s can’t get into her toy. Inside you can save diary entries, friend’s contacts, play games and care for a virtual pet – there is also a secret drawer to store your treasures in. She loves it.
Spirograph Sets – The classic geometric drawing tool is back with a range of sets to fit any budget and is one that I think makes a great present for friends. Modern sets include one which allows you to create 3D designs and another for drawing on stickers.
For Boys (9+):-
The Schleich Range – Including knights, dragons, dinosaurs and a full range of animals, these make a perfect gift for those that enjoy models and creating fantasy worlds. These toys are well designed, intricately detailed and will appeal across age groups and genders.
Top Trumps Turbo – I think this is a star gift for boys this year, the classic game appeals to the entire family, the game includes 6 decks of top trump cards for play but houses any decks you may choose. The format of the game makes it quicker and easier to play as a group or family.
Bladez Fun Inflatables – These were probably my favourite toy at the show. A 2ft tall remote control inflatable toy set on rockers so when knocked it rocks back to standing. It moves in every direction and spins 360 degrees, currently available as R2D2, Lightning McQueen, Dusty from the new Disney Planes, A Despicable me Minion and Android. I’m assured they’re very strong and will withstand children’s rough and tumble, their father wants one as much as each of the children and I can envisage a little family of them zooming around on Xmas morning!
~ As a member of the Mum’s Panel I received a goodie bag on attendance and have review samples of Schleich and Top Trumps and personally own some of the other items featured. All items featured are my own choices, thoughts and opinions are my own. ~