By the age of five, most children have amassed quite a toy collection… which means no parent wants any old thing taking up precious storage space. Here are 12 of the most engaging, creative toys worth investing in to last them through the primary school years.
Keep little hands and minds busy without them knowing it’s a ploy for five minutes’ peace. These brilliant activity cards contain a pack of 100 play ideas broken into three categories – for before school, general play or pre-bed relaxation. You’ll find a mix of sensory, messy, creative and imaginative ideas to help them have fun and give you a break.
Any toy which keeps them happy and boosts their creativity is a win in our book! These Magna-Tiles are a brilliant way to encourage their imagination and teach them the basics of engineering. Choose from a mixed kit of Magna-Tiles for open-ended fun or story sets based on favourite picture books.
Encourage their adventurous spirit with this brilliant pirate-themed den kit by The Den Kit Company. This kit comes in a strong haversack bag and includes a sail-like tarpaulin, groundsheet, mallet, tent pegs, and pirate eye-patch & bunting – perfect for a piratey adventure in the great outdoors.
We’ve all seen a wooden kitchen, but have you ever come across a role-play waffle house? This delightful set-up from Janod is exactly that. Complete with waffles, crepes, donuts, cooking equipment, eggs, food boxes and cash register complete with coins & notes!
For train-obsessed imagineers, this Deluxe Railway Set from Brio makes a wonderful first railway set or an amazing extension to their existing wooden track collection. It comes with a station, bridges, tunnels, cranes and mini figures.
A set of Grimms pieces is one of those investments you may have made in toddlerhood, but if not, they’re still a fab choice beyond pre-school. These classic wooden shapes are colourful and versatile for all sorts of imaginative play. Will they be tunnels for cars, rocking horses for dolls or something completely different? The possibilities really are endless.
Being fluent in coding is the future tech skill to have, so why not help your kids get acquainted with the concept early and learn a thing or two from them too. These adorable interactive pets come in a selection of characters (dog, dino, rabbit & cat) ready to be programmed for fun.
Another brilliant set to encourage imaginative play, this Playmobil makes an adorable small world option that you’ll want to join in with too. It comes complete with fruit, veg, shopping basket, customers and a fresh food counter & till. Lots of fun for encouraging storytelling.
If it’s about time for their first Scooter, this award-winning Maxi Micro Deluxe Scooter has fantastic reviews and the irresistible addition of LED wheels – which are induction-energy powered (aka no batteries required). Perfect for keeping safe on the back-from-school run. It has a weight limit of 11 stone, so promises to last for years to come.
For a gift the whole family can enjoy together, this charming game of strategy and dexterity is something different to gift the five-year-old in your life. Take it in turn to pick a colour to predict which coloured gems will fall, then collect the ones that do and store them away. The dragon with the most gems at the end wins!
Give the gift of a new best friend to take everywhere. This teeny, tiny cotton doll comes in a quirky house suitcase with cotton quilt and velvet pillow. A beautiful cuddly creation to keep by their side on days out or adventures around the house. Other mini doll designs include a pocket-size pirate.
Get ready to embrace the noise in the name of creative expression with this mini guitar from Loog. Designed to start your little one off on their musical journey, this high quality kids’ guitar comes with chord diagrams and an accompanying app to help make learning fun and easy.
Do any of these gifts look like the perfect choice for your child? Share this wishlist with friends and family to help celebrate any special occasion the right way – birthdays, Christmas or a back-to-school treat!