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Toy story 2009: Christmas presents for kids

by 21stcenturymummy on December 8, 2009

Here are some fabulous ideas for Christmas presents for younger children/toddlers. Most of the products say they are suitable from 3+, but my daughter has just turned 2 and they are absolutely fine for her.

A Scooter

Mini-Micro T-Bar Scooter (pink or blue) £46.95 from John Lewis.

We got one of these for my daughter a couple of months before she was two, because every time we went to the park she kept making a beeline for them! Pretty soon she was whizzing around on hers.It has 3 wheels, making it easier for kids from 3-5 to balance and look super cool. You can buy a helmet too.

The one downside is that it doesn’t fold, which means you have to balance it on your pushchair when taking it to the park. Believe me, this is not easy!

A Kitchen

Such as this Pintoy Wooden Red Kitchen Combowooden red one from Pintoy, £86.63 on Amazon.co.uk

My toddler has so much fun with this. We have bought a wooden fruit and vegetables set and utensils too.

Pintoy Wooden Red Kitchen Combo

For a list of the best kitchens, see a previous post here.

An Easel

This wooden easel from BloomingMarvellous.co.uk is £40. Floor standing easel with chalkboard on one side and magnetic board on the other. Paper rolls slot in the dowel at the top. Size: 94H x 56W x 48D cm.

double sided easel

Ikea do a nice one for £14.99 too, see my previous post here

A Wooden Bike – great for developing your little one’s balance. Usually from around aged 2-5.

This Easy Rider bike is £110 from Helemill.com. Or you could go for the supreme king of bikes, the Like-a-Bike, for a mere £179!

Early Rider Classic - Natural

A Doll

Corolle Doll – these pretty dolls are the ‘it’ girls of the doll world and have a delicious vanilla smell. Corolle - Calin candy pinkCorolle - Julia dollCorolle Julia £31.81 on Amazon.co.uk and Corolle Lia £70 on Hamleys.co.uk are both interactive. Lia speaks four languages, giggles and talks.

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Corolle Calin

A Buggy – a baby doll has to have a buggy! We like this one.

Corolle Buggy £13.69 from Amazon.co.uk: This buggy is very stylish. My daughter loves hers.

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There are all sorts of other Corolle dolls accessories too.

A Piano

This Toy Grand Piano is £45 from Early Learning Centre. It looks much more stylish than many toy pianos on the market. It has good-sized three-octave keyboard, microphone, eight instrument sounds and lots of rhythms and other features. Plus record and playback feature so you can sing along to your own backing track. We bought this for my daughter for Christmas, and can’t wait for her to try it out.

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Obsession with Buggies

by 21stcenturymummy on October 3, 2009

A couple of months ago I spent the best £7.99 ever, on a toy buggy for my daughter. I first realised how much she liked them when we were went to the park or playground. Forget the swings, slides, seesaws, she’d be off in the direction of the nearest buggy she spotted, mowing down anything or anyone in her path. There was one time when she went right up to a little girl with a buggy and snatched it right from under her. The little girl just stood there, in total shock!  I was continuously having to explain how she had to give it back as it wasn’t hers – water off a ducks back to my daughter!

I’d always been adamant I would never buy one of these horrible, plastic-looking pink buggies, but I gave in after seeing how much she loved them. I found the cheapest, least pink one possible from a toy shop in Putney for the princely sum of £7.99.

She wheels it around the house, to the park, to the shops, literally everywhere. Sometimes she puts her doll in it but more often than not just enjoys wheeling it about. However, still when we’re in the park she prefers everyone else’s buggy to her own. I’ve even seen her with a collection of them around her.

She’s now on her fourth buggy. The first one broke from over use, the second one a little boy borrowed when we are at the park. He kept sitting in it, and was a little too heavy! The third one didn’t work when I took it out of the bag, only running on three of the wheels, so I’ve now gone for a different one.

There is a wide range of toy buggies/prams available, from blue ones for boys, wooden ones, and 3 wheeler ones. There’s even a Silvercross Balmoral Dolls Pram for £299 at Harrods.

This time I’ve gone for The Corolle Dolls Stroller £14.00, reduced to £10.28 from Amazon. Let’s hope it lasts.

Corolle dolls - Stroller

The Silvercross Heritage Dolls Pram £270 from John Lewis

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A trip to Harrods' Toy Department, London

October 1, 2009

On Monday, my friend and I took our little ones to the toy department at Harrods, in Knightsbridge, London. We had planned on doing some shopping as well but it didn’t quite work out that way.  We had lunch at Eat before we arrived, then found out there was a child-friendly restaurant ‘Planet Harrods’, which would […]

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