The focus is on preschoolers today…and what curious little creatures they are. With their imagination in full gear, 3-4 year olds are entering a peak period for pretend play. And they LOVE to learn and ask questions—about everything, so have fun educating them, encouraging self-expression and exploratory play with some of my picks below:
1 // SUPER WINGS WORLD AIRPORT PLAYSET £39.99 The iconic World Airport from the popular Super Wings TV show sets the stage for this ultimate playset for pre-schoolers. Its large scale delivers hours of fun, with electronic sounds and lights plus lots of activities for kids to recreate their favourite Super Wings scenes and missions. This playset includes mini-transforming characters Jett and Donnie is jam-packed full of fun for kids. They can attach Jet and Donnie to the fly-bar and spin to circle the World Airport before coming into land. They can load the planes into the lift and raise them up to the control room before launching them down the ramp. They can flip open the base compartments to reveal a rotating luggage carousel and a cargo scale. The World Airport will deliver endless fun to Super Wings fans this Christmas.
2 // FURREAL ROARIN’ TYLER THE PLAYFUL TIGER £99.99 The Roarin’ Tyler, the Playful Tiger pet is always ready for fun and play and his favourite game is roaring. This adorable tiger cub responds to sounds and touch with 100+ sound-and-motion combinations. If kids roar at him, he’ll roar back. Talk to him and he’ll respond. Pet his head and he’ll close his eyes. Pet him on his muzzle and he’ll move. Tyler can move his eyes, ears, head, mouth and tail and when he’s not trying to act like a real tiger, this cute cub enjoys playtime with his squeaky chicken toy. Tyler will be a HUGE hit with kids of all ages, not just pre-schoolers, and is a MUST HAVE toy this Christmas.
3 // BABY ALIVE SWEET TEARS BABY £49.99 Kids love role-play so will delight in taking on the role of mummy or daddy to nurture and care for Baby Alive Sweet Tears doll. She drinks from her juice box, she cries real tears, she has an expressive face, she interacts with her accessories and she says 35+ phrases and sounds. Kids can give Sweet Tears Baby a check-up with the stethoscope and thermometer, use the tissue to blow her nose when it lights up red and treat pretend boo-boo’s with a plaster.
4 // GIGGLE WIGGLE £19.99 Press the button and watch Giggle Wiggle dance to the music. Starting from the bottom, kids need to race each other to balance the coloured balls on Giggle Wiggle’s hands as he twists and turns. If the balls fall, they have to start again.
5 // LEARN WITH THOMAS ALPHAPHONICS £19.99 Little ones will enjoy learning letters, sounds and spellings with their favourite blue train, Thomas. The easy-to-handle system features every letter in upper and lower case for quicker recognition and children can select from seven different play modes, including musical activities and play patterns to help memory.
6 // TOMY PHIL THE FRIDGE GAME £15.99 Meet Phil the Fridge. As Phil spins, kids must try to get their food into the correct holes, but watch out for Phil’s door flying open. The winner is the player who gets all their coloured food shapes into the fridge first. This is a really fun game for the whole family to enjoy.
7 // LEAPFROG SCOOP AND LEARN ICE CREAM CART £39.99 Kids will have lots of role-play fun this Christmas with the Leapfrog Scoop & Learn Ice Cream Cart. They can pretend to run their own ice cream cart, following the order card instructions to build sweet treats for their animal customers. They can create imaginative and tasty-looking ice cream combinations using delicious flavours (vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, mint), toppings (sprinkles, cherry sauce, whipped cream) and syrup (blueberry, caramel, grape). It’s a brilliant and fun way of teaching colours, memory, matching and number sequences.
8 // KID K’NEX OCEAN PALS BUILDERS £24.99 & KID K’NEX BUDDING BUILDERS TUB £27.99 Preschoolers will dive into oceans of fun as they play with this new Kid K’NEX Ocean Buddies Building set, which includes 65 KID K’NEX pieces, including rods, connectors, and personality parts. They’ll love building the 20 ideas included, which can be built one at a time, and creating their own combinations too! Plus, for the very first time, preschoolers have their own K’NEX tub to enjoy! Designed to encourage young minds and small hands, the Budding Builders Tub includes 100 colourful, chunky KID K’NEX rods, connectors, blocks along with personality parts, such as eyes and wheels. All parts are easy for little hands to stack, snap and plug together! The tub even includes a building idea sheet with 50 model suggestions including vehicles, bugs, animals and more! The tub doubles as a handy storage case so when playtime is over it’s easy to clear up.
9 // SUPER WINGS DANCE & TRANSFORM R/C DIZZY £24.99 Fans of the tv series “Super Wings” will have endless hours of fun with the Dance ‘n’ Transform Dizzy which can be controlled using the remote control. Kids can push the handle to transform Dizzy from helicopter to robot and press different buttons to activate dance mode and spin Dizzy around. The figure includes lights and sounds as well, so she’s perfect for recreating Super Wings moments.
10 // FISHER-PRICE THINK ‘N LEARN TEACH ‘N TAG MOVI £39.99 With 360 degrees of mobility, Think & Learn Teach ‘n Tag Movi encourages pre-schoolers to get their minds and bodies moving while teaching them how to follow directions and think critically about the world around them! With 3 ways to play and active games like “red light, green light” or “movi says”, pre-schoolers can practice their listening skills and following directions. Movi has 60+ different faces and 2 light-up buttons on his head to enhance gameplay Kids will have a blast showing off their awesome listening skills and rockin’ moves with this interactive learning robot!
11 // CAT BUILDING CREW TAKE APART BUDDIES MOVIN MORGAN £31.45 Perfect for developing co-ordination skills, the classic Cat Buildin’ Crew Take-A-Part Buddies play sets include a Haulin’ Harry or Movin’ Morgan vehicle and a motorised hand drill for easy assembly and removal of parts. Designed to cope with tough pre-schooler play and encourage imaginative play, these toys are sure to be a hit with younger kids this Christmas.
12 // BUSH BABY WORLD DREAM TREE PLAYSET £49.99 The Bush Baby World Dream Tree is a magical place for children to keep their Bush Baby collection. This 60cm x 60cm playset has plenty of room for Bush Babies as well as an adorable swing seat, a sparkling light-up flower crown and a super cute basket lift with turning handle. The Dream Tree comes with exclusive Bush Baby Niki and her very own Sleepy Pod and there is space to hand up to five additional Pods.