Brilliant Toys for Kids This Christmas | 2022 Gift Guide
It’s getting close to that time of year again. Christmas is only two months away now so it’s time to start thinking about Christmas presents to help you plan ahead for the festive season and to help spread the cost of things too. In this article, I’ve gathered some of my favourite toy gift ideas for kids this year. Read on for some fun suggestions for little ones.
I’m going to start with my top choice for a big toy gift which is this beautiful, electric wooden piano from Hape. It’s designed to look like a real piano but in a size perfect for young children from age 3+ and it is so cute! The piano has 25 light-up keys and comes with a colour-coded instruction booklet with familiar songs to learn to play along with.
This mini piano has lots of brilliant functions, including a record and playback option, 15 demo tunes, a Smart Play option and many more settings such as six instrument sounds and six stylized accompaniments to encourage the love of music in children and teach them the basics of playing the piano. It’s perfect for young musicians and a great quality toy that builds confidence and creativity as your child learns more and more.
The Hape Learn with Lights Piano can be used with batteries or with the included cable which is great. To save power, the piano will enter rest mode if not used for three minutes after the background music finishes.
- Orchard Toys Tummy Ache (2022 Edition)
A new game to enjoy over the holidays and beyond is a great gift! I’m sure you will have heard of Orchard Toys’ Tummy Ache – it’s a classic food lotto game that’s been a family favourite for over 35 years. We first bought it a few years ago when I was stocking up on educational games for my kids and it’s been a favourite ever sense. Now, there’s a new version to celebrate the 35-year-anniversary with some modern updates to the game’s food and drink options and design.
The aim of the game is to put together an edible meal on your place setting but you have to watch out for anything yucky that might cause a tummy ache (the cards with bugs on the food!). You pick up food and drink cards from the pile, then place them on the different sections of your place setting. If you get a tummy ache card, shout “Tummy Ache!” and place the card on your board until it can be replaced later in the game. The first player to fill their board with edible food cards is the winner.
It’s a great game that’s fun and easy to learn for little ones. The bugs are funny, and the game encourages conversation as children chat about what foods and drinks they like and don’t like. Tummy Ache is suitable for children aged 3-7 years and can be enjoyed with friends and family at home or in school environments.
Orchard Toys have a wide range of educational games and they also make jigsaw puzzles, including this beautiful one – Ice Palace. This is perfect for fans of ice princesses aged 3 and above. It’s recommended from 4 but 3-year-olds who already love jigsaws will be able to do this one too. The jigsaw is very large and has 50 chunky jigsaw pieces to fit.
The Ice Palace scene has so many things to see – princes, princesses, a wizard, polar bears, penguins and other cute animals. Kids love building the jigsaw and chatting about the different things they can spot. With the jigsaw, you also get a giant poster which is the same size as the jigsaw. You can use this to help you build the jigsaw or just as a nice poster. The enchanting jigsaw also includes a learning guide to encourage discussion.
From the fun world of Little Live Pets, meet Nova the Bright Light Chameleon! This is a sensory toy that kids will absolutely adore – its an interactive chameleon with over 30 sounds and emotions. It’s sweet, full of personality and has lots of colorful moods. The light up, colour changing chameleon reacts to your touch, lights up to music beats and reacts to what you say and chats back too – it has so many features!
Nova the Bright Light Chameleon is squishy (another thing kids love!) and has suction cup feet that lets you stick it onto surfaces. Nova is suitable for children from age 5 years and above and comes with the needed batteries included so that you can start playing straight away.
- Casdon Joseph Joseph Kitchen Toys
Now, a range of toys that I’m personally really excited about as I’m a kitchen equipment nerd (always have been!) and love the look of Joseph Joseph kitchen products. Now children can enjoy stylish Joseph Joseph products from Smyths for playing with or to use for getting involved with real cooking and baking in the kitchen. Let’s have a look at a few products from this fun range!
Did you know that children love to do the dishes? At least pretend ones! With the fun Joseph Joseph Extend Kitchen Sink, children can have fun doing the dishes!
The expandable dish rack looks like a miniature real washing up area and works like one too. It has a water pouring pump so that you can fill up the washing up bowl using the pump tap. Add some washing up soap from the bottle (add your own) and use the Cleantech dish brush to clean your cutlery, plates, and cups (included with the set). The water cleverly gets recycled from the bowl to the pump for continuous play. Once your dishes are clean, put them on the dish rack to dry.
When not in use, fold the dish rack away to save space. You can use this fun toy in the kitchen to get the kids involved in daily chores or as a toy without water too. We look forward to using ours in the garden when spring comes.
The Joseph Joseph Elevate Utensils set is an adorable miniature that looks just like the real thing. It’s a set with a rotating storage stand and all the utensils your little chef might need to create delicious meals. The set includes a spoon, a spaghetti server, a ladle, a slotted turned, a flexible turner and a slotted spoon – all in varying colours to co-ordinate with the pins on the stand. Perfect for imaginative play and to encourage being a tidy chef.
Next up, look at this beautiful Joseph Joseph Nest Baking Set! It’s absolutely stunning and so cleverly designed. It’s another miniature of the big baking set from Joseph Joseph and so much fun for playing with or getting involved in the kitchen.
The colourful set includes nine different kitchen tools that slot together for neat storage. The set includes 5 measuring cups that interlock together, one medium mixing bowl, one large mixing bowl, one mesh sieve and one colander. The set can be used for playing with, in the kitchen and for colour sorting and matching activities too. My kids love this set and the other ones from Joseph Joseph too!
- Reusable colour-in textile gifts with pens from eatsleepdoodle
For creative kids, look no further – they’ll love these fun, educational textile gifts from eatsleepdoodle. There’s a wide range of products to choose from – bags, tablecloths, wrapping paper, pillowcases and many more – and each set comes with 10 wash-out pens. Using these kinds of textile pens means you can re-use the items for endless creative fun.
Here you can see the colour in & learn butterfly crossbody bag and the colour in & learn fairytale & legends pencil case. Both come with their own set of brightly coloured pens, but you can also buy pens separately – above in the first picture, you can see the pastel edition of the doodle wash-out pens. These pens can be used on any fabric (or paper) and when the fabric is washed on a warm wash cycle, the ink will wash away, and your little ones can start the colouring in from scratch again.
The products from eatsleepdoodle are great quality and so much fun! We have a few items from a while back and they’re still going strong and get used all the time. Shop the full range here!
Collaboration. Features samples that were gifted for review.
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