It's hard keeping up with the children crazes these days, the top toy changes on a daily basis. With parents facing more pressure to please their youngsters - there has got to be something within this top 10 list that will satisfy their hunger to play. There's something for the girls and plenty of options for boys - without a little sister in sight!
1) Aqua Dragons
Looking for a unique Christmas gift for your little animal lovers? Aqua Dragons from Brainstorm are a brilliant present that will keep children entertained long past Boxing Day. The award-winning Aqua Dragons allow kids to hatch, grow and care for their own prehistoric pets. Aqua Dragons have lived on Earth for millions of years making them around at the same time as the dinosaurs roamed the Earth - and that's cool in any kids book! Each Aqua Dragons kit contains live eggs that hatch into real live aquatic creatures. Just add water to their special tank and they miraculously hatch in just 2-3 days and grow to up to 2cm long. The Deluxe Aqua Dragons Kit also features beautiful blue LED lights in the base of the tank and a magnifier to observe your hatchlings. Aqua Dragons are available from Smyths, Amazon, Hamleys, Harrods and selected Toymaster stores. RRP: £19.99.
2) Lottie Dolls
The multi-award-winning doll for children aged 3-9 years – is now available in six new forms that raise the bar on conventional fashion dolls. The new Lottie™ range comprises a set of six female dolls which defy the conventional gender stereotypes by exploring inspiring, empowering and adventurous themes. For those with an interest in nature, playing with Butterfly Protector Lottie may inspire a desire toward science and conservation. For a strong mind and body, girls will find intrigue with Kawaii Karate Lottie. An interest in robotics may occur by playing with Robot Girl Lottie who’s a whiz at the science fair. Whilst Pirate Queen Lottie demonstrates that women can do anything men can do!
Each doll in the new range comes with its own inspiring and educational back story: Robot Girl Lottie™ and the Busy Lizzie Robot, Pirate Queen Lottie, Lighthouse Keeper Lottie, Kawaii Karate Lottie, Butterfly Protector Lottie, and Pandora’s Box Lottie. RRP:£16.99; accessory sets at £7.99.
3) Hue Animation Studio
If you’ve ever dreamed of creating your own animation, now’s your chance… Hue Animation Studio contains everything a budding animator needs to begin creating stop motion animation videos. Enjoy powerful, easy-to-use, animation software complete with Hue’s market leading Plug ‘n’ Play HD camera with built-in microphone and a unique flexible neck for unlimited positioning options. Create a story and characters, make them from clay or plasticine, design and make sets, compose soundtracks or select appropriate recorded music to enhance a film. RRP:£49.95 Available from: www.hueanimation.com
4) Jake and the Never Land Pirates board game
Ahoy, me mateys! The award-winning Disney's Jake and the Never Land Pirates - Who Shook Hook board game is out now and looks set to be a real treasure this Christmas! The brand new game is licensed from the hugely popular Disney Junior TV series about Jake and his pirate friends and their Never Land adventures as they seek to outwit the infamous Captain Hook. Play focusses around Hook as he snoozes in his hammock, surrounded by all the treasure he’s nabbed from Jake and the Pirate crew. 2-4 players move around the board and on call must use the sword, fishing pole, tweezers or shovel to pluck a piece of treasure! But steady as she goes - you need to grab the loot without sending Hook tumbling into the water. The player who is able to collect the most treasure is the winner! The game is the ideal gift for young fans of Jake (aged 4 and above) as well as all kids of a piratey persuasion! Available from Argos, Toys 'R' Us, The Entertainer, Smyths Toys, Littlewoods, Sainsbury's and Amazon. RRP £19.99.
5) Construction Kit and Paint Set Sports Car
The Construction Kit and Paint Set- Sports Car comes with two Wooden Boards with pop out pieces and six different coloured paints for children to use straight away. Paintbrush and sandpaper are included for a final finish. RRP: £6, available from Cargo.
6) Make Your Own Trinket Box (Pink, White)
Crafty children will love this gift, as it allows them to make their own keepsake. The set, which includes instructions, will keep them entertained for hours. RRP:£4, available from Cargo.
7) Play kitchenette, pink
This little kitchen is perfect for playing at concocting lovely meals, like a grown up chef! RRP: £199, available from Vertbaudet.
8) Horrible Histories® Battle Arena
Kids can now stage a battle of epic proportions between the Awful Egyptians and Rotten Romans with the Horrible Histories® Battle Arena filled with explosions, gruesome and gory manoeuvres and some seriously sneaky battle tactics. The arena comes in 2 sections, each with pillars that explode if hit by flying pig ammo, toppling the Leaders! Players can use the unique powerful game cards to bring the most beastly battle tactics into play and decorate their Battle Arena with the savage stickers provided! Suitable for years 6+ RRP:£39.99 For more info on the Horrible Histories® toy range visit www.horriblehistoriestoys.com
9) Tween ReadyBed®
The Tween ReadyBed® is an all in one package including inflatable mattress and cover that can also be clipped up to form a comfy seat. Available in One Direction, Star Wars and Hello Kitty designs! The Ready Bed® from Worlds Apart really is the ultimate all-in-one sleepover solution comprising an inflatable mattress, sleeping bag and pillow. Fans of One Direction will adore snuggling up in either of the 2 positions, so whether staying up late at a sleepover, watching the TV or chilling out to read, this Tween ReadyBed® can be used anywhere, anytime! The built in ReadyBed® cover can be easily removed for washing. This inflatable bed also comes with an easy to use pump so that it can be inflated in minutes, plus each bed has its own integral carry bag which makes transporting the bed easy! Perfect for nights at home and trips away. RRP:£34.99, suitable for ages 6-12yrs, size: H170 x W67 x D20 cm.
10) My Blue Nose Friends Wise the Owl’s School House
Wise the Owl’s School House is the new must-have play set for Christmas 2013. Featuring two play worlds - a fun school house with a working bell, two benches for seating pupils and Wise the Owl as the school teacher. When it is time for play, the clock face can be folded down to reveal a fun playground complete with slide and roundabout. Available from Smyth’s, Argos & Littlewoods. Suitable for years 4+, RRP:£29.99.