One of the places we have been looking at for gift inspiration is The Toadstool. With a huge selection of soft and wooden traditional toys, there is something for every child, and every budget. I asked Gemma and Jacob to choose their top 5 'must have' toys:
- Jacob is 5 and loves trains, and we have a huge stash of wooden train track already, which gets played with on a daily basis. He loved this Brio Metro railway set and I think it would be a great addition to our current railway collection. He has been learning about London at school, and told me this train looks like 'the trains that go under the floor' - I think he means the Underground!
2. Next up, Jacob chose this Haba ball track. The same idea as a traditional marble run, but as it is wooden I think it would be much easier for little hands to put together. As well as hours of fun, children would also learn about gravity, speed, direction - without even noticing they were learning. The importance of play...
3. Gemma's turn to choose now. She is almost 8 and very hard to please, but her first selection was the Wonderworld Eco dolls house. I have to agree with her choice here - I know I would have loved this when I was here age (OK, OK I would still love it now). It comes with dolls and furniture, so it is ready to play with straight away, and the addition of solar panels and recyclins bins gives you a great excuse to have a chat with your little one about being green. Hours of imaganitive play to be had with this one!
4. Gemma's second choice was the Gigamic game. She loves puzzles, and is constantly on the lookout for new and interesting ones, so this grabed her attention straight away. This would be something she could do independently or with others, and would help stimulate those brain cells! Perfect for passing on to her brothers when they get older too!
5. Finally, I asked them both to work together and choose something they thought Max would like, as at just 6 months old he can't choose for himself just yet! They both agreed on this Haba colour whorl clutching toy - they thought it would be the right size and shape for Max to hold, and they thought he would like the colours. I think they chose well!
I actually think the children chose really well - and I think all these toys would make great Christmas presents, as they are items that the whole family can get involved with - building, playing and creating. And lets be honest here - family is what Christmas is all about.
You can view all the items we love from The Toadstool on my Pinterest board. Let me know what you would choose this Christmas!
* This is my entry into The Toadstool UK's Big Christmas blogger competition *