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Not many more sleeps until Christmas so here are some ideas that might be on your kids wish lists, ranging from hi-tech to the more traditional family board game and play-doh, something for every age.

 

 

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Code-a-pillar by Fisher Price

Explore early robotics with this code-teaching toy caterpillar, made up of eight sections it can be rearranged to move the toy in different directions. Not yet available in Australia, but can be purchased from overseas based online retailers.  Recommended age: 3 to 6 years.

 

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V-Tech Toot-Toot Drivers Gold Mine

Chunky, colourful and easy to click together, the goldmine features a motorised mine-train that chugs around the track and loads up with cargo. The mountain also has a shape sorter, the train makes sounds and plays tunes. Recommended age: 1+ years

 

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Selfie Mic

More than just a karaoke mic, this one comes with a selfie stick and a pop-star-style earpiece. Like many of this year’s top toys, it comes with an app too. Expect lots and lots of video-making…Recommended age: 8 + years

 

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Play-Doh Ice Cream Castle

This Ice-cream Sundae machine, swirls up their favourite ice cream ‘flavour’, with stencils and sundae glasses to present the finished product. Non-toxic dough is safe for your children to use and easy to clean up, contains Sundae machine, 5 x Play-Doh cups, 3 x cones, 2 x sundae glasses, 2 x spoons, non-toxic dough. Recommended  age:  3+ years

 

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5 Second Rule Game

It should be easy to name three 3 items in a category but can you do it under the pressure of 5 seconds twisting down and with the other players staring at you waiting for you to get flustered? Time is not on your side in this game so just say what comes to find and enjoy the ridiculous answers slipping out. It’s all good fun with this fast paced game where you have to just spit it out.  For 3 or more players.  Game time:  20 to 30 minutes. Recommended age: 10 + years

 

Christmas 2015

The biggest toy sellers have announced their top toy predictions for Christmas 2015. From film and TV inspired toys to old favourites such as Lego, My Little Pony and Barbie all feature on the lists, with some new technology to fill in the gaps.

The following products are proving to be very popular for Christmas 2015 (please note prices are approximate and may differ depending on where and when you shop):

 

tracey islandInteractive Tracy Island Playset $129+

Thunderbirds are go – with the new CGI series on TV, the Tracy Island playset  looks very like the toy that famously sold out in the 90s in a Christmas frenzy.  The 2015 version boasts smart technology, and has 40 action and rescue sounds, plus a wearable communicator. However, the rescue vehicles and action figures are sold separately.  Ages 3+

 

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Skate and Sing Elsa $45 +

This time last year it was all about the Snow Glow Elsa doll, this year Elsa is multi-tasking – skating and singing at the same time. Ages 3 +

 

 

 

clever keetLittle Live Pets Clever Keet $65 +

A parrot you can teach to talk, sing, dance and swing on a perch. Just like the real thing but with a microchip. Ages 5 +

 

my friend freddyMy Friend Freddy $106 +

This smart teddy bear comes with its own app, for smartphones and tablets (iOS and android). You can tell Freddy’s app little facts about your child – likes, dislikes, that kind of thing – and clever talking Freddy will then impress your child by knowing all these details. Ages 2 +

 

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Shopkins ‘Scoops’ ice cream truck $30

Shopkins collectibles have been a big in the US. This playset has two Shopkins characters, a table for them to sit at and two cooler bags, as well as the ice-cream van.  Ages 5+

 

Battat craneBattat Take-Apart Crane Truck $50

This is perfect for the pre-schooler.  Screw and unscrew the large nuts and bolts to assemble the truck over and over again. 30 Truck parts, 1 battery operated power tool and 3 bits. Ages 3+

 

 

 

Bright startsBright Starts Having a Ball Get Rollin’ Activity Table $47

There are a range of interactive fun features for your child with the Bright Starts Activity Table offering a unique ball ramp table leg, merry-go-round, peek-a-boo Gator, and teaching activities. Ages 6 to 36 months.

 

 

beatboFisher-Price Dance and Move BeatBo $89

A press of BeatBo’s tummy or any of the buttons on his feet activates fun songs, learning content and dance moves. This futuristic character even allows mum or baby to record a phrase, and he’ll remix it into his favourite song! His 3 modes – Dance ‘n Move, Learning & Games, and Customized Sing-Along with letters, colours, counting, music, cause and effect.  Ages 9 to 36 months.

 

leap-frog-leap-band-pinkLeapFrog LeapBand Activity Tracker $59.99

The LeapBand will track and monitor your health and fitness through the ‘adoption’ of a virtual pet. Learn about nutrition and healthy habits by feeding your pet, keep your pet happy and earn points along the way to unlock rewards and complete the 50 challenges. Ages 4 to 7 years.

 

 

dinosaur-construction-kit-t-rexDinosaur Construction Kit Tyrannosaurus Rex

A great combo of informative book and construction activity this is a build-your-own-dinosaur to create and collect with an easy-to-assemble 3D model. No glue or extra materials are needed to create this robust model. Each construction kit contains a  24pp book and press-out pieces.  Ages 6 to 9 years.

 

lego cityLego City Deep Sea Exploration Vessel $139.99

This product has a winch, submarine, remote sub, scuba scooter, collapsible shipwreck, treasure and 7 sea-faring mini-figures. Ages 8 to 12 years.

 

 

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Real FX racing cars with Artificial Intelligence $199

Radio control cars with artificial intelligence for control, similar to playing a video game. 12piece slottless expandable and customisable track that sets up in seconds.  Ages 8 +

 

 

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LEGO Friends Heartlake Grand Hotel $170

Heartlake Grand Hotel has over 3 modular stories has an elevator, lobby, 2 bedrooms, rooftop pool, taxi, 5 LEGO® Friends mini-dolls. Ages 8 to 12 years.

 

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Turtles Giant Leo Playset $149

Leo starts out as a 24″ articulated action figure that mutates into a gigantic playset that’s compatible with all your Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Basic Figures. The Playset has 9 different rooms including a dojo area, skatepark, Mikey’s bedroom, Don’s garage and computer lab just to name a few. The playset also includes over 30 different features such as a slide, skatepark, periscope, escape hatches and more.  The playset mutates back into Leo the action figure.  However, figures and weapons accessories sold separately.  Ages 4+

 

dc comicsDC Comics Super Heroes: Jokerland $179

LEGO® DC Comics Super Heroes Jokerland building set includes 8 minifigures with assorted accessories: Batman™, Robin, Beast Boy, Starfire, The Penguin, The Joker, Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn. Ages 8 to 14 years.

 

 

 

 

 

Christmas 2014

Despite increasing popularity of high-tech digital games and gadgets, traditional toys still remain a big favourite this Christmas.Old-fashioned toys, board games, sports equipment and brick-building/construction sets will still feature heavily in the wish lists of kids this year, according to Britain’s leading toy retailer Argos.

A survey of 1,000 seven to 11-year-old kids showed that 40 per cent of children will ask for arts and craft sets this Christmas while 40 per cent will want a board game.  36 per cent of the kids surveyed also said they would play with high tech games and traditional games in equally on Christmas Day. This means kids are just as excited by the prospect of opening the new VTech Kiddizoom Smart Watch as the LEGO City Artic Base Camp.

But also, according to the survey, computer games would feature on 69 per cent of kids’ presents’ lists with tablets and computers being asked for by half of all children (50 per cent) so it looks like hi tech gadgets are almost certainly likely to appear at the top of the modern kid’s wish list.

Here is the list of some favourites for Christmas 2014, in no particular order…

ninja turtles 2014Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2014 Action Figure Set RRP $20.00

The turtles are coming off a blockbuster movie — and they’re once again expected to be a top-selling Christmas toy. Recommended age 3 to 8 years.

 

 

GrimlockTranformers: Stomp and Chomp Grimlock  RRP $119.99

Stomp and Chomp Grimlock ($70), which transforms between dinosaur and robot and comes with a bonus Optimus Prime toy to ride Grimlock into battle. Kmart’s Grimlock toy is only $20, but you get what you pay for: It’s just Grimlock in robot form, with a button that lets it make some noises.  Recommended age 5 +

 

Doc McStuffins Get Better Talking Mobile CartDoc McStuffins Get Better Talking Mobile Cart RPP $77.99

Doc McStuffins provides medical care to stuffed animals. Doc McStuffins Get Better Talking Mobile Cart, basically a pull-along ambulance. It comes with a siren, an EKG machine, a gurney and even a little ladder (for rescuing stuffed animals trapped in small buildings).  Recommended age 3 – 6 years.

 

Hot Wheels Street Hawk Remote Control Flying CarHot Wheels Street Hawk Remote Control Flying Car RRP $112.00

On-ground remote-controlled performance, like proportional ground steering, plus the aerial performance of a plane. Durable and lightweight, the Street Hawk can perform impressive aerial manoeuvres and fly up to 200 feet in the air.  Recommended age 8 +

Zoomer DinoZoomer Dino  RRP $ 189.99 (approx.)

The Zoomer Dino, another robotic pet, appears on a few retailers’ lists, looks like it will be one of the season’s most in-demand toys.  Blurb on the back:  “Boomer can detect when you’re nearby and interacting with him. But watch out! Just like a real Dino he can get angry, spin around, chomp and roar! Using True Balance Technology, Boomer perfectly balances on two wheels as he roams freely, exploring your home. … He might even let out dino-sized burps and farts!”. Recommended age 5 to 7.

Elsa DollDisney Princess Snow Glow Elsa RRP $89.99

The only other toy to appear on all three lists, the Snow Glow Elsa Doll (from the hit Disney movie “Frozen”) is already looking like this year’s Tickle-Me Elmo. It lights up and sings “Let It Go”. Recommended age 3 +

 

 

My Friend CaylaMy Friend Cayla RPP $109.00

My Friend Cayla synchronises with your iOS or Android smart device via Bluetooth. Cayla can play games with you and tell stories.  She uses speech-to-text technology to answer your questions.  Recommended age 3+

 

XenoThe Xeno Interactive Monster (various colours) RRP $64.99

Xeno is a cheeky, baby monster who interacts with you.  He has 10+ real emotions, including happy, sad, hungry, unwell and playful.  With 40+ eye expressions. He also talks to you, asking if you “wanna play” or simply telling you “I’m hungry”.  Xeno has ticklish feet, wiggles and dances to your music and loves to eat; which occasionally leads him to get tummy ache or let out a little burp or parp.  For enhanced interactivity, Xeno will play five mini games with you, including a game called Burp Factor, where you have to copy his eye movements using his sensors. He also likes to talk and communicate with his  Xeno friends.  Recommended age 5+

TekstaTeksta Dinosaur RRP $109.00

The Teksta T-Rex expresses emotion and you  command it with hand gestures.  No remote control required.  It reacts to your touch.  Rex responds to your voice, touch, lights and sounds. T-Rex expresses emotion through his eyes and can be happy, sad or even angry. Use special hand gestures to command your electronic buddy to walk, move his claws and stop.  Download the free app for access to over 100 extra play features – including games and new tricks.  The perfect gift for dino fans aged five years and up. Please note: 4 x AA batteries are required (not included). Recommended age 5 – 9.

Lego City Arctic Base CampLego City Arctic Base Camp RRP $103.00

LEGO City Arctic Base Camp with laboratory, conveyor belt, scooter, husky sled, tracked vehicle, helicopter and more.  Arctic Base Camp features a laboratory with opening walls and roof, microscope, magnifying glass, 2 computers, circular saw, binoculars, walkie-talkie, pickaxe, coffee mug, plus a garage with opening roof, scooter and cozy corner with chairs, table and a TV.  Also includes, 7 mini figures with assorted accessories. Recommended age 6 – 12.

Nerf Demolisher

 

Nerf Demolisher RRP $97.95

Nerf N-Strike Elite Demolisher 2-in-1 Blaster View larger Nerf N-Strike Elite Demolisher 2-in-1. Take aim with the Nerf N-Strike Elite Demolisher 2-in-1 blaster and unleash motorised dart blasting and pump-fire missiles. Recommended age 10 to 14 years.

 

My MonopolyMy Monopoly RRP $39.99

It’s the fast-trading property game of Monopoly with your own customization. This My Monopoly game includes blank tiles and stickers so you can make it your own. You can print out the stickers to personalize your tokens, properties, and even Chance and Community Chest cards. But you can play without customizing, too. Just move around the board buying as many properties (Streets, Railroads, and Utilities) as you can. The more you own, the more rent you’ll get. If you’re the last player with any money when all other players have gone bankrupt, you win! Includes game-board, 4 tokens, 30 blank tiles, 4 sticker sheets (30 stickers per sheet), 28 title deed cards, 16 Chance cards, 16 Community Chest cards, 32 green houses, 12 red hotels, 2 dice, money pack, and game guide. Recommended age 8 +

Little Live Pets Pet BirdLittle Live Birds Pets RRP $19.99

Little live bird pet has 30 different bird calls or hear them repeat words and phrases you say and has a feather soft coating with a moving mouth.  It comes with or without a cage. Recommended for ages 5+

 

 

Cra-z-loomCra-Z-Loom Bracelet maker RRP $12.99

Cra-Z-Loom Rubber Band Bracelet Maker from Cra-Z-Art turns ordinary rubber bands into jewellery and much more. The simple loop, weave and wear design lets you create unique bracelets, necklaces, rings and many other things, even skipping ropes.  Make longer or wider designs by placing two or more looms front to back or side to side (additional looms sold separately) and designs can be found on Youtube.  Containing 600 latex-free rainbow coloured rubber bands, the Cra-Z-loom Bracelet Maker comes with the “S” hooks special weaving hook tool and an instruction booklet that uses step-by-step illustrations and photos to help you create simple to more advanced rubber band jewellery.  Recommended age 6+

V-tech WatchVtech Kiddizoom SmartWatch RRP $69.99

The Apple Watch doesn’t come out until 2015, and it’s going to cost at least $350. The VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch is out now and currently costs $69.99.  The VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch  is a camera watch that has a clock function built in. Unlike the LeapFrog LeapBand, the Kidizoom Smartwatch isn’t meant to be an activity tracker for kids. Designed for kids ages 3 to 9 years old, and designed to take photos and videos on the go. Its durable design and easy-to-use interface will make it a hit with kids and parents.  Recommended age 3-9

LLeap Bandeapfrog Leap Band Activity Tracker Green RRP $49.99

LeapBand from LeapFrog is a children’s activity band that’s wearable and is a virtual pet that encourages physical activity through fun challenges. Kids run, jump and play to earn rewards and power a customisable pet pal that lives on the band. Rewards that you can bring to life with the included Pet Pads app! Manufacturer says it encourages nurturing, active play and making healthy choices. Recommended age  4+

Nerf Rebelle Agent BowNerf Rebelle Agent Bow RRP $29.00 (approx.)

Messages fly back and forth between you and your team, hidden on Message Arrows, arm a friend with the decoder so she can discover your secret messages. Requires 2x AAA batteries (not included). Assembly required.  Recommended age 8+

SewCoolSpin Master Sew Cool RRP $54.90

Easily sew without the hassle of thread! Sew Cool is a revolutionary threadless sewing machine designed for kids aged 6+. Inside there are 9 projects to complete.  Create  pre-cut characters and accessories, or design your own.   Recommended age 6+

 

Disney Palace Pets Magic Dance PumpkinDisney Palace Pets Magic Dance Pumpkin  RRP  $154.00

Similar to a robotic puppy, Pumpkin includes a magic wand (RC controller) which activates singing, dancing, and talking, says nine different phrases, wiggles her tail back and forth, and performs a puppy curtsy, dances and twirls to 2 songs. Recommended  age 4+

 

Razor Crazy Cart Spinning Go KartRazor Crazy Cart Spinning Go Kart RRP $539.00

Drive like a go cart or lift the Drift Bar to kick into Crazy Cart mode. Patented drift system allows the driver to vary the rear caster angle so you can drive and drift forward, backward, sideways, diagonally, and everything in between!   Razor Crazy Cart with Steering Wheel, Drift Bar, Variable Foot Pedal Speed Control, Caster Wheels – Red – Suitable for Children.  Recommended age  9+.

Flutterbye FairySpin Master Flutterbye light-up fairy RRP $59.00

Control fairy flight with the palm of your hand. Flutterbye light-up fairy launches from her charging base with 5 minutes of flight for a 25 minute charge guided through the air with the palm of your hand.  Recommended for ages 5+

 

Leapfrog leap tvLeapFrog LeapTV RRP $199.95

With a library of 100+ educator-approved games and videos that teach skills from reading to mathematics (sold separately), LeapTV, educational, active video gaming system built just for kids ages 3-8 years.

 

Air Hogs Zero Gravity Laser RacerSpin Master Air Hogs Zero Gravity Laser Racer RRP $94.00

The Air Hogs Zero Gravity Micro remote-control car toys are little toy vehicles that travel up walls and across ceilings. Just flip a switch to “wall mode” and place it on the wall. A light flashlight works easily with the pull of a trigger and the car follows the red beam all around.  There is no complicated accelerator or steering buttons, so it is good for little kids. Recommended ages 8-11.

Vtech Go! Go! Smart WheelsVtech Go! Go! Smart Wheels Ultimate Amazement Park Play Set RRP $152.00

Pull the racing flag to launch the race car and zoom around the course with the Go! Go! Smart Wheels Ultimate Amazement Park Playset by VTech. Navigate obstacles and race through three  features including a 360 degree loop, spiral and ramp. Place the race car in the electronic pit stop and pretend to fill the gas tank and make quick repairs while hearing  phrases, music and learning colours. Dimensions:  62.0 x 80.0 x 76.0 centimetres (4.72 kg)   Age Range: 2-4 years

Mattel Hot Wheels Track RRP $160.00

These interchangeable and compatible pieces are offered at different price levels, so kids can incrementally add on track pieces and multiple stunts. Part of the Hot Wheels Track Builder system.  Combines with existing track sets that let kids design, create and customize their own race and stunt challenges.   Recommended for ages 4+

Little People Musical PreschoolFisher Price Little People Musical Preschool RRP $172.00

With more than 35 sounds, phrases and songs, press down on the rug for phrases, music and lights. Includes Preschool, Eddie, Mia and teacher figures, and a table with 4 chairs. Recommended ages 2-4 years.

Christmas’s Past…

2013 Christmas Holiday Gift Guide from  Kidsgiftguide

With Christmas and the holidays fast approaching, it is time to have a look at what 2013’s best toy recommendations and award winners are.  This year’s hottest toys mix up old-school fun with ultra-new features.  From classic characters with modern bells and whistles and tried-and-true childhood favourites for 2013 kids, here are some tips on what to look for and our picks for the kids on your list.

 Top Five Things To Think About When Choosing a Toy For Christmas

1.     Are there any educational benefits?

 2.     Is the toy age appropriate?

 3.     Are there any recommendations or reviews?

 4.     Is it designed and made well?  Will it last?  Could it be passed around the family or down through generations?

5.     Will other siblings,  mum and dad or grandparents want to play? Toys are great when the whole family can join in.

 Ages:  0 – 12 months

glofriendpillowpetGlow Pets Pillow Pets

It glows in the dark and doubles as a night light for small children.  There is a range of Glow Friends to choose from and they are velvety soft.  Age: 3m+    RRP $29.99

 

Bath books

Bath Books

Plastic bath book with soft squashy pages, to make bath time even more fun.  RRP:  $12.99

 

 

 

OballOball by Rhino Toys

A ball full of finger holes that is incredibly easy to catch, captivating to hold, and safe to throw.  Shiny, smooth, flexible, durable and virtually indestructible.  BPA free.  RRP:  $9.99

 

 

Age:  1 – 3 Years

 Shape Ball“Shape Sorter” or “Shape-O” by Tupperware

Toddlers can pick up stars, circles, triangles, or squares and push a shape through the matching holes.  Once the shapes are all in, twist the shape sorter apart and they’ll come tumbling back out. Little ones can then sort them all over again improving shape recognition and fine motor skills as they play.

Shape Sorter is good for the earth and safe for baby. Entirely safety tested, it’s free of all phthalates, BPA, and PVC, and it’s made from recycled plastic!  Manufacturer Recommended Minimum Age 6 months (but probably suit a toddler).  RPP:  $40 +

 

V-tech My First Luggage“V-Tech My First Luggage”

Cute wheelie case for toddlers, designed for imitative play.

The My First Luggage was recently awarded the prestigious title of ‘Preschool Toy of the Year’ by the Australian Toy Association due to its entertaining features that allow toddlers to learn through play.

Includes busy activity panel on the front of luggage featuring lots of different activities, to keep baby entertained whilst learning through exploration. With 5 x activity pieces that help teach objects and numbers, including a shape sorter. Can also be used as a travel case for children to pack their toys into!  Helps teach early language skills and plays 20 melodies and 3 sing-along songs.  Requires 2 x AA batteries  (included for demo purpose only).  Suitable from 12 months+   RPP:  $79.00

 

Hello Phone“B. Toys Hello phone”

The mobile phone that calls you back, B. Toys Hellophone features three pre-recorded messages, lots of sounds and songs, and the option to even record your own messages. RRP:  $19.99

 

 Pullalong Xylophone“Wooden Pull-along Musical Xylophone” by Unique Kids

This pull-along musical xylophone is a stylish pull along toy that doubles as a quality xylophone.  The wooden pull-along is designed with four brightly coloured wheels.  The eight note metal xylophone plays a great tune and comes complete with two wooden mallets that have their own special storage place at the front of the xylophone when not in use. The toy also features three coloured balls on either side that twist around. The item is packaged in a presentation box perfect for a gift.  It measures 11cm (H) x 13cm (W) x 25cm (L) and is designed for children 12 months and above.  Non-Toxic Paint.  RPP:  $29.99

 

Micro Scooter“Micro Scooter” by Micro Australia

The Mini Micro Seat for toddlers comes in 3 different stages, perfect for children as young as 1 to sense the fun while developing and learning to walk.  This Kick3 toy won Babies and Infants Toy Award and a Gold Medal at the Australia Mother and Baby awards for the best innovation of 2012.

Features:  Seat adjustable to 2 different heights to suit your child or remove it completely when they are older which has the option of offering two wheels to stabilise younger children and can be adapted through a suite of accessories as the child becomes more independent.   Ages  1-3 years.  RRP:  $39.99

 

Ages:  3 – 6 years

Hootabelle“Talking Hootabelle Interactive Plush”  by ABC

Gently squeeze Hootabelle’s wing to hear her say six ‘hootacular’ phrases children love from the television show:   Time to Twinklify;   It’s Owl Nap Time;   Hootabellisimo;  Let’s play Hoot & Seek; Hoot Hoot;  Hoot is my Best Owl Pal; I love purple butterflies.  Size – 16cm.  Age – Suitable for all ages.  RRP:  $32.99

 

 

Lego Large Brick Blue Box“Lego Large Blue Brick Box” by Lego

A great place to start stimulating children’s creativity – the new storage box with transparent lid contains a minifigure, a building plate, a great mix of standard bricks in various colours, house and wheels elements.  RRP: $55.00

 

Big Hugs Elmo“Big Hugs Elmo” by Playskool/Hasbrotoys

This Elmo actually gives big hugs with his arms. He also sings lullabies, says, “Woo Elmo’s upside down” if you hold him upside down and generally does what the real Elmo does, which is: talk about himself in the third person and act like a toddler.  You can put him in “sleep mode” which means he sings a lullaby and then switches off.  Age:  18m+  RRP $104.99

 

LeapFrog Ultra“Leap Pad Ultra” by Leapfrog

Let your child enjoy fun learning experiences with this LeapFrog LeapPad Ultra 33200 learning tablet, which includes 11 apps and features a 7″ touch screen for simple operation and built-in Wi-Fi for on-the-go Internet connectivity.

Features:  7″ touch screen;  offers a clear view and lets your child easily play, draw and write on its responsive display; compatible with LeapFrog Explorer cartridges (not included)and apps;  8GB storage capacity, provides ample space for files; built-in Wi-Fi;  front- and rear-facing cameras – Photo Fun Ultra app enables your child to add filters and effects to images, and the Art Studio Ultra app lets him or her create colourful masterpieces and capture crisp photos and video;  built-in MP3 player;  11 apps included:   Photo Fun Ultra, Art Studio Ultra, Pet Pad Party, Utility Suite, Pet Chat, LeapFrog learning songs and more.  With LeapSearch powered by Zui lets your child access the Web. Parental settings help ensure a safe online experience.  RRP:  $229.00

 

Ages:  6 – 9 years

Furby Boom“Furby  Boom”

“The FURBY BOOM creature takes kids on a digital adventure via a mobile device as they raise, care for and play games with their playmate. The 2013 Furby Boom can still sing, dance, talk and adapt personalities depending on how well you treat it. But with the new software apps, Furby will respond to its name, let you know when s/he is full after a feed and when s/he needs a bathroom break.

One thing you should know about these new Furbies is that the software is not compatible with the older models.  RRP $105.99

 

Flutterbyeimage“Flutterbye  Flying  Fairy” by Funtastic

Simply press the button on the included display stand to set the fairy’s wings in motion, and watch her dance through the air as you guide her flight using only your hand. Place your hand beneath her and raise or lower it to make her fly higher or lower. Launches easily from her charging base. Requires 6 AA batteries for operation. Includes: 1 Flutterbye Pink Flying Flower Fairy, 1 Base, 1 Instruction Guide.  RRP $45.00

 

Squigz “Squigz”  by Fat Brain Toy Company

Apply pressure to two Squigz. Air rushes out and they connect to each other and to any solid, non-porous surface.  Once they take hold, it takes some pull to separate them and make a popping sound almost the same as when you pop the air pockets in bubble.  Squigz can assemble to become rockets, vehicles, a cushion for the cat, or jewellery.   They also stick to bathtubs, walls, windows and  desktops,  but fortunately never leave any residue.  Starter Set has 24 Pieces, Deluxe Set has 50 Pieces.  Manufacturer Recommended Minimum Age 3 years (but reviewers say it is better suited for older children 6 and up).  RPP:  $45.00

 

Lego City Starter Set“LEGO City Starter Set”  by Lego

This new release LEGO City Starter Set can either be an addition to what you already have in the city collection or a great introduction to all things LEGO. Enter a world of building fun with the LEGO® City Starter Set featuring 3 iconic vehicles.  RRP $39.99

 

Glitzi Globes“Glitzi Globes Starter Pack “ by Moose

Glitzi Globes Starter Pack includes four different globes to inspire creative abilities. Simply start it up, and then give it a shake with the starter kit.  The globes are full of glittery motion. With the included dome maker the globe is steadied as it is filled with charms and characters. Then it is filled with water and the tablet is then locked into place. There are 15 different floating charms and five different glitter tablets. It also comes with booklet of instructions.  RPP:  $14.99

 

Dolphincruiserlego“Lego Friends Dolphin Cruiser” by Lego Australia (2013 Girls Toy of the Year)The Dolphin Cruiser features a waterslide, captain’s deck, kitchen, living room, bedroom with 2 beds, bathroom, shower, bow deck with snack bar and chaise lounges and a personal water scooter.   Accessories include water skis, dolphin sonar, sofa, plant, food accessories, drinking glasses and dolphin food.  Also, includes  mini-doll figures.Lego Friends pieces are fully compatible with all LEGO System bricks.  RPP:  $100.00

 

 Lalaoopsy“Mini Lala-oopsy ” by Lalaloopsy

Experience the magical world of the Lalaloopsy princesses and ballerinas in mini scale. The Mini Lala-Oopsie feature:3 Collectible Mini Lala-Oopsie Littles dolls in and out of pod(s), moveable arms, legs and head.  Suitable for ages 4 +  RPP:  $9.99

 

 

Age:   9 – 12

Slushie maker“Chill Factor Slushy Maker” by Chill Factor

Manufacturers Blurb:  “Chill Factor Squeeze cup Slushy Maker is a slushy maker which allows you to make slushies in seconds! No ice, no blenders, no mess! It’s so easy to use – all you have to do is put in the freezer, wait to freeze then add your preferred chilled drink and squeeze! Right before your eyes you will see slushy appear in seconds! Once you have made your slushy you can use the spoon straw included to enjoy!  The Chill Factor Slushy Maker is transportable so you can enjoy your slushy anywhere once made! You can create slushies from all your favourite chilled drinks – juices, chocolate milk, soda and more! Use natural fruit juices to make yummy and healthy slushies. Freeze, Squeeze, enjoy!”  RPP:   $14.95

 

Spirography“The Original Spirograph”

The classic drawing toy, was created by mechanical engineer, Denys Fisher – the Spirograph, originally a drafting tool, was an instant hit in the toy world. It’s been fascinating people ever since its first introduction in 1965.  Beautiful, intricate designs are made from the motion of gears around wheels, allows anyone to draw elegant artistic designs and pictures.  The Spirograph encourages fine motor skills, creativity and critical thinking.

The Deluxe Original Spirograph, with 45 pieces, is similar to the original with some improvements.  Manufacturer Recommended Minimum Age 8 years.  RPP:  $35.00

 

Stomp Rocket“Stomp Rockets”

Set up the Stomp Rocket launch stand, slide a rocket over the tube and then stomp down hard on the air pad. Immediately the rocket propels straight up to two hundred feet.

Four Mini Squeeze Hand-Held Rockets:   Hold a Squeeze Rocket in your hand, slide on a mini foam rocket and squeeze -small rockets launch 30 feet in the air! Not bad for simple hand power. With twenty mini rockets to launch, you’ve got entertainment on hand for the whole family.

Includes 1 Ultra Stomp Rocket launch pad, air hose, stand, 10 full size rockets, 4 Squeeze Rocket bulbs, 20 foam mini rockets.  Manufacturer Recommended Minimum Age 6 years.  RPP:  $20+ (for basic set)