Must-have Christmas toys announced - as chosen by real mums!
It might be a few months off, but yesterday Christmas came early for UKMums.tv and our team of mummy bloggers, as we chose the top toys that we think our kids will want come Christmas.
We attended the toy press event Christmas in July, where we were spoiled for choice with so many new releases from top names, along with some old favourites. Armed with clipboards, babies (not all of us!), and our reviewing hats on, we scoured the stalls to find out what parents should be looking forward to this December.
After much testing, the results are in! Thanks to all our mums who attended for their hard work, if you didn't attend - get in touch and we'll add you to our list for next year!
And if you want a sneak peek at how these toys work, stay tuned as we'll be road-testing some of our favourites in our upcoming New Toy Releases feature.
1. Augmented Reality Puzzles, Ravensburger
"Giving traditional puzzles a new tech twist, mums and kids will really enjoy these. We especially liked how they extend the play value, as once you've completed your puzzle you can get a mini game to play on iPads or iPhones."
2. InnoTab 2, VTech
3. Wheelybugs, Hippychick Ltd
4. Sylvanian Families Holiday, Flair
5. Leap Pad 2, Leap Frog
Top Boys' Toys
1. Subbuteo, Paul Lamond
"A classic game for a reason, the addition of top Premiership clubs will appeal to the next generation who can shoot and score with their favourite players."
2. Dinosaur figures, Schleich
3. Star Wars rc pump and play R2-D2, Bladez Toys
4. Topps Minis FA Wembley Stadium, Character Options
5. Trash Pack Street Sweeper, Flair
Top Girls' Toys
1. Wheelybugs, Hippychick Ltd
"What's not to love about these cute, robust little ride-ons? Featuring a range of adorable little creepy-crawlies and animals, these are just the right size to get little ones moving and robust enough to keep up with them!"
2. Sylvanian Families Holidays, Flair
3. myStyle Deluxe Charm Bracelet kits, Interplay
4. Love my street, World’s Apart
5. Bratzillaz, MGA Entertainment
Top Creative Toys
1. Aquarelle, Ravensburger
"The Aquarelle station got lots of attention at the event! This rainy-day watercolour kit makes painting easy and anything that is crafty and creative gets a big tick in our book."
2. Brain Noodles, Paul Lamond Games
3. Triqo Deluxe Box Mix
4. Paper FX, Flair
5. Make your own Go Kart, ARK DIY Toys
Top pre school
1. Peppa Pig jumping in muddy puddles, Character Options
"Everyone's favourite cheeky piggy gets active with this jumping and talking Peppa toy. We couldn't resist making her jump about and even count practically every time we walked past the Character stand!"
2. Go MINI, Golden Bear
3. Large farm playset on the land, HABA
4. Mike the Knight Glendragon play set, Character Options
5. Polar World set, Tolo Toys
1. Augmented reality puzzles, Ravensburger
2. HEXBUG Scarab, Innovation First
3. Google Android RC robot, Bladez Toys
4. itikes map, MGA/Zapf
5. Water cannon, Bladez Toys
1. InnoTab 2, VTech
"The first InnoTab took families by storm when it was released and now the new version is set to be a bestseller come Christmas. A mum's favourite as it's a real investment toy, ideal for growing as your child does."
2. LeapPad 2, Leap Frog
3. Kurio, Inspiration Works
4. Skylanders Giants, Activision
5. Singalongz, Wow! Stuff
Top Games and Puzzles
1. 3D puzzle, Ravensburger
"Puzzles are going to be popular presents this year and the 3D range of puzzles give your average jigsaw a whole new dimension. We especially loved the Tower Bridge and Big Ben puzzles, which we're sure mums and dads will love just as much."
2. It's a chicken, Paul Lamond Games
3. Christmas Puzzle, Ravensburger
4. Rubiks Cube, John Adams
5. Logo What Am I, Drumond Park