We've had a chat, and here are our fave options for ages 3-5 years.
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Music is a wonderful gift, so give someone the chance to play. The Story Orchestra guides young players through some of the most famous pieces in classical music, with easy-to-read and easy-to-follow playing tips.
Children love playing with boats! This ferry is made from recycled plastic bottles and is completely PVC, phthalate and BPA free. It's great in the bath (or paddling pool!).
What toy room is complete without a train set? All aboard! Fire up the engine, it's time to run the railways! Big enough for fun adventures but compact enough to fit in bedrooms, this great set is compatible with other JL sets and most other brands too.
Ahh, Lego. Duplo is Lego for small fingers, with brightly coloured, chunky blocks to encourage children to build anything they can think of.
A great alternative to Lego, BioBuddi blocks fit together, allowing your little one to create anything in their imagination. The best part? The blocks are made from waste materials from the sugarcane industry and are fully recyclable.
This brilliant, customisable and fully functioning football allows kids to put their personal stamp on the ball. Colour or write on it, anyway you like, then take it out for a kick about.
This is a great toy for little hands to learn coordination and counting (and helps with learning to tie shoe laces too!)
Children love playing games, and Orchard Toys games are fun for parents too. This one is a particular favourite (Cathy & Sarah from bumpf voted it into the list!): the players have to find all the items from their shopping list to win. Part memory game, part matching game, it’s sure to keep you all laughing.
Kids love taking photos, and this camera is just perfect: sturdily built from strong plastic, it should survive even the rigours of toddler-dom, and your little one will love being able to snap their own photos. Who knows, you might have the next Ansel Adams on your hands!
Play-Doh: a brilliant toy for kids, but a nightmare if it gets in the carpet! Still, it does keep children happy for hours, and encourages creativity and imagination. This set is great as it comes in its own carry case and includes 10 pots of dough.
Sarah’s favourite Play-Doh suggestion is the Hair Salon available on Amazon here Buy from Amazon (or a little cheaper if you are visiting The Works before Christmas!).
We love this clock! It’s a brilliant way to introduce children to telling the time, helps to make telling the time easier, and also teaches them about the names of shapes (tetrahedron, anyone?). Absolutely marvellous.
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