Christmas Festive Faves
By Aaisha Rahim
There are less than 40 days left till Christmas, which means there isn’t much time to waste on finding the perfect gift for your children!
Here at the Good Play Guide, we have selected a variety of fun festive faves for you and your little ones to enjoy.
We have made it as easy as possible to choose an educational and fun gift based on our categories:
SPEECH AND LANGUAGE COMMUNICATION:
Campbell books are the perfect gift for developing communication skills. They are ideal for the festive season as they teach little ones about all things Christmas, in a fun and interactive way.
Watch sledges slide and trees being decorated, then push the tab to see what happens on Christmas Eve . . . have the children been good? Will Santa come? Busy Christmas is a perfect novelty book for little children. Colourful and sturdy, with magical illustrations by Angie Rozelaar, easy-to-handle mechanisms and a sweet, rhyming text, this is the ultimate first Christmas novelty board book for young, inquisitive fingers and minds!
In Busy Reindeer, young children can have fun pulling, pushing and turning the mechanisms as they read about Ruby Reindeer’s Christmas journey. The perfect gift for fostering an interest in reading from a young age, toddlers will love playing with this bright and colourful board book with gentle rhyming text and wonderful illustrations by Samantha Meredith.
With push, pull and turn mechanisms and a sparkly foil cover wheel, My Magical Snowman has plenty to keep little ones entertained and nurtures their natural curiosity. Yujin Shin’s beautifully coloured illustrations are paired with fun rhyming text and lots of things to spot in four bright and busy festive scenes. The perfect festive gift, My Magical Snowman is another exciting addition to the My Magical series, based on the popular Busy Book format.
Creative play allows your child to express themselves through art. This doesn’t stop at painting or crafts, it can be through tech and animation too! Creative play nurtures children’s imagination while helping them to develop important fine motor and planning skills.
HUE Animation Studio contains everything a budding animator needs to create their own stop motion animation movies: a colourful HUE HD camera, a 64-page book full of tips, and stop motion software specifically designed for educational use. For use at home or for school projects, HUE Animation Studio is a creative and educational pastime that can be enjoyed by the whole family. This perfect gift for kids encourages creativity and imagination. Whether you are making a LEGO® brick film, animating your own characters with claymation or capturing a flower as it blooms using time-lapse photography, you can bring anything to life in minutes with the easy-to-use software.
These are our top picks of products that encourage bonding through play for the whole family. Christmas is for spending time with your loved ones, and we have a selection of indoor and outdoor toys to enjoy together!
The Xplora X5 Play, Smartwatch for Kids has been created to enable you to stay in contact with your children, as well as reward them for being active. Helpfully, this device does not feature social media – and it can’t receive any unsolicited calls, as all the contacts are managed by the free to download, simple to use Parental app. Feel safe and worry-free when you take your children out on trips or excursions, as you can locate your child with the X5 Play, thanks to its GPS feature. You can also create Safe Zones, which will alert you whenever your child leaves or enters the zone.
Race the Rails from Gibsons, is a family game for 2-8 players that is great for challenging reaction times. Each player begins with a ‘Starting Station/Assistance Required’ card and after the youngest player announces ‘GO!’, everyone must search for their station on one of the Route cards that are laid out in front of all the players. Once they have located their station, players must note down the name of the station and the time on their answer sheets and look for the next station. Play continues until someone hits a Milestone. Milestones shake up the game and require players to complete a challenge, pay their way out of trouble or earn money on their journey. The winner is the player who reaches home with the most money in their pocket!
£12.99 – £22.49
The whole family can get involved and be active with MayaFlya, a versatile flying disc. Brand new to the UK, the MayaFlya is an amazing flying disc handmade in Guatemala by Mayan artisans out of 100-percent cotton and comes with a lifetime guarantee. Each crocheted disc has a colourful design and as it flies through the air like a frisbee, it’s ideal for developing hand-eye coordination.The discs are soft so you can use them indoors too. They are kind to heads and hands, and they’re super easy to fold up and put in your bag or pocket for play on-the-go.
Christmas shopping for your child can be overwhelming.
As a parent, you may feel like there is too much choice, or that you need to find the perfect balance between a toy that provides fun and educational benefits.
Starting small is the first step. Think about what your child enjoys, and then look for toys in that category in their age range.
Our website helps narrow down your options so that you can confidently shop for Good Toys this Christmas.
Each toy in our Festive Faves list has been tested by children and endorsed by experts, so you know that they will be a hit on Christmas Day!