Sometimes the best ideas are the simplest, as is the case with Jix, a set of x-shaped connectors and clear straws that can be joined to form amazing structures, from basic shapes to enormous dens and tunnels. The box contains 125 connectors and 250 straws, but you can add your own for larger projects. £17.99, […]
It’s never too early to encourage little ones to start thinking about the environment and how we can protect our planet. Continuing our countdown to Earth Day next Wednesday, here’s a round-up of our best buys for future eco warriors. PopUpShop Earth sweatshirt, £42, Shak-Shuka. Animal Rescue (Patrick George, RRP £8.99), The Book Depository. […]
You know from our previous posts that the BG kids love to build dens, so straight to the top of our lusting for list is the Habitadule Architecte from Mon Petit Art spotted at Toyella. It allows children to build large architectural constructions with interconnecting cards. There are 16 large panels and 64 connectors in the set, […]
This post started as a Mexican-themed round-up, but there were so many cacti around I decided to dedicate an entire 10 Best to the prickly little customers. Everyone from designers to indies seems to be embracing (not literally, obviously) the tropical plantlife. Julia Staite cactus softie, £12.50, The Dandy Kid. Nadadelazos cactus jumpsuit, £32.99, Olive […]
Alfie, six in April, is a budding scientist – he loves all things experimental and space-related. He’s a real nature boy and is never happier than when he’s exploring the great outdoors, but he’s also heavily into board games and puzzles. We’re also a house of bookworms and now Alfie’s able to read on his own there’s no stopping him – […]
We featured the super-cool beach toys by Quut a while back and I love the latest addition to the range just as much. Ringo is a contemporary game of quoits with three rings and a ball. You can either throw the ball then try to hoopla it with the rings, or stand the rings up to […]
Mon Petit Art Trapecio sketchbook is possibly the coolest sketchbook ever! The book is bound with FSC certified birch wood, it unfolds to create a trapezium and has 105 colourful pages. £21.99, Toyella.
I’m on a bit of a cloud thing this week – yesterday there was Beanie on Helina cushion, now Moluk’s fabulous Plui Rain Cloud, surely the most stylish bath toy ever? Using the same principle as the much-loved Rain Balls, the cloud is suitable from two years and would make a cool, unusual gift. £9.99, Toyella.
Ah, les Francaises sure do know how to produce fabulous dolls. The latest models from our friends across The Channel are known as Les Mistinguettes and there are nine in total, each with individual characters and interests. My favourite is Odette, above, who ‘is secretive, loves doing the French Cancan but hates Camembert’. The dolls, […]
Today on This Kid Loves, we get to know Cooper, 5, from Oxford. What’s your favourite toy? My London train set. What do you want for Christmas? A magic set, so I can magic up a talking gorilla. What’s your best ever Christmas present? Roller skates. What do you love about Christmas? Snowmen, toys and putting the star on the Christmas […]
Another age group I’m extremely familiar with, four to five year olds are incredibly imaginative – try to encourage pretend play with shops, dolls’ houses and fancy dress. They also want to get involved in grown-up activities, so a quality set of gardening tools or baking set is a great gift. Construction toys are king […]
Today on This Kid Loves, Reuben, nearly 1, from Sussex, answers our festive questions (with help from his mama). What’s your favourite toy? Keyboard or maracas. What do you want for Christmas? Some jingly bells and wooden toys with wheels. What do you love about Christmas? I’m going to enjoy pulling the baubles off the Christmas tree and seeing […]
Children of this age are constantly busy – I should know as I have one! Activity toys such as shape sorters, bead mazes and hammer benches will be popular, as will stackers and simple wooden puzzles. Pretend play also starts to kick in around this time, so dolls, vehicles and small world items are also […]
Today on This Kid Loves, we meet Piran, 4, from Sussex. What is your favourite toy? My Hotwheels toy cars. What do you want for Christmas? A set of those dolls that go inside each other and there are more and more and more. What was your best ever Christmas present? Spiderman that Father Christmas brought me last year. What do […]
Today on This Kid Loves, we meet Herb, 20 months, from London. What is your favourite toy? My tea set. I love pouring lentils and rice from one cup to another. What do you want for Christmas? Anything with wheels or to do with transport. What do you love about Christmas? The cardboard boxes! Herb is the recipient of […]