Don’t feel like spending hours pacing through busy toy shops wondering what to buy your little one for Christmas? We’ve got you covered – we did all the hard work and found the hottest toys for kids this festive season.
Hatching toys are a huge, worldwide craze and will remain high on the Christmas wish list in 2018. For the upcoming season three Nurchums product lines are available in South Africa. Dinosaur Hatching Eggs feature the popular Tyrannosaurus, Triceratops and Stegosaurus. The Nurchums Fantasy Hatching Egg range offers a complete surprise because you could hatch a unicorn or a fairy. The August release of the live action The Little Mermaid film has ignited a worldwide mermaid trend and Nurchum’s latest Mermaid Hatching Eggs will be high on the Christmas wish list in 2018.
Available at Toys R Us from R89.99.
Squishy and tactile toys
The Keycraft Global range of squishy monsters, unicorns and sea life, are fun, sensory toys that allow kids to make up their own games. Slime is still hot and the Goobands and Gooballz are also proving to be popular this year. The Goobands have the added value of offering a collectible wristband in assorted colours.
The Goobands are available at selected CAN stores countrywide from R69.99.
Toys that teach and STEM toys
Kids are natural-born creators, investigators and researchers and quickly become engrossed in hands-on experiments and building toys. The new Magnoidz range of Science Kits promote exciting learning through play and kids love STEM toys such as Erupting Volcano and Lie Detector.
Erupting Volcano available online from takealot.com for R139.
Millennial nostalgia toys
As an antidote to our tech-driven world, you have to love Keycraft’s range of timeless toys such as Jack-in-the-box, Bicycle Horn, Harmonica and Mr Grasshead! These are toys that remind us that having simple, hands-on fun is such an important part of being human.
Jack in the Box, R320.00, available at Play Toys and Toy House in Pretoria. Call Leanne on 083 3092587 or email [email protected] for a full stockist list.
Kids love collecting, swapping and sharing, which is also a great way for them to practise social skills. Collectibles are usually affordable, so kids can use their own pocket money and choose what they want. They love “owning” something that is exclusively theirs, and get excited about adding to their collection. It is a process – collecting the whole range is an achievement. Unicorn collectables are huge at the moment.
Unicorn Fantasy Egg available from Toys R Us from R89.99
Barbie Color Surprise Doll (African American and Caucasian), R489.99, Toys R Us
Your little one will love transforming Barbie’s hair from pretty pastel shades to bolder, brighter hues. Suitable for ages three years and older.
Barbie Dreamtopia Rainbow Cove Castle, R719.99, toyadventures.co.za
Your little one will love this colourful play set! It’s easily portable with a clasp and rainbow handle. Your princess will especially love the princess throne that expands into a full-size bed for Barbie, with a small bed for her dog Honey. Suitable for ages three years and older.
Fisher-Price Beatbo Train, R719.99, Babies R Us
This adorable motorised train encourages crawl-along fun to the sounds of more than 50 songs, tunes and phrases. Baby can press the smokestack to activate motorised action, lights and sounds. Suitable for babies six months and older.
Fisher-Price Laugh ‘n’ Learn Puppy’s Remote, R279, takealot.com
This remote looks just like mom and dad’s grown-up remote control, but has more fun functions like a light-up Puppy and Sis screen that illuminates when baby presses buttons. It uses 35+ words, songs and phrases to stimulate imagination and creativity while introducing baby to numbers, colours and opposites. Suitable for babies six to 36 months.
Fisher-Price Thomas & Friends Adventures Large Engine Assortment, R114.99, Toys R Us
Your little one will have a ball playing with these fun engines. Each large engine features plastic connectors to join it to other Thomas & Friends Adventure Engines or tenders (sold separately). Suitable for children three years and older.
Mega Bloks Basic Building ABC Learning Train, R299, Makro
This fun toy offers a vibrant and simple way to introduce little ones to the ABC’s, with 3 rolling wheelbases that connect for expanded play, or even for building short starter words. Suitable for kids one to five years.
Yellies!, R225, available from Toy Kingdom, Toy Zone, Toy Adventures, Hamleys and takealot.com from 15 December
Each Yellies! Pet has its own unique look and personality and is full of fun surprises. They are voice and sound activated and respond to talking, yelling, clapping, singing and even music.
My Little Pony Singing Rainbow Dash, from R349, available from leading toy retailers and online at Takealot.com
The awesome Singing Rainbow Dash has cool moveable sunglasses and a microphone attached. Press her Cutie Mark to hear her sing “Time To Be Awesome” from My Little Pony: The Movie and more including 15 entertainment-inspired phrases.
Play-Doh Wavy the Whale, from R250, available from leading toy retailers including and online at Takealot.com
While building sea scenes with the accessories, press down on Wavy’s tail and watch as Play-Doh water rises from the whale’s spout.
FurReal Friends Ricky, the Trick-Lovin’ Pup, from R2 350, available from leading toy retailers and online at Takealot.com
This poseable pup can balance his toy bone on his nose and with a voice command or loud sound, flip it into his mouth. He’s eager to do trick, he’ll often shuffle his paws in sheer excitement and gives affectionate doggie licks as well.
Doctor’s Play Set, R59.99, Crazy Store
If your little one is a Doc Mcstuffins fan, she’ll love this play set!
Monster Spin Car, R299.99, Crazy Store
Your little man will love this fun gift!
My Pet Play Set, R199.99, Crazy Store
Your little one will love playing with her pup or kitty.
Parking Lot Play Set (includes 2 cars), R199.99, Crazy Store
The kids will have hours of imaginative play and fun with this fun play set. Get out all the cars and let them have a ball.
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