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Toys For Your Children This Christmas

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Christmas, Christmas Gift Guide, Product Reviews | Posted on 04-12-2012

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Now we’re into December and the doors on the Advent Calender and getting opening Christmas is truly on its way. Before long Santa will be visiting houses across the world delivering presents. If you’re looking for a few ideas of things to put on your children’s lists this year before sending them off to the North Pole, look no further.

Raa Raa The Noisy Lion’s Interactive Playset
Now fans of the hit CBeebies show can own their very own Tree House straight from the Jingly Jangly Jungle. Raa Raa’s playset comes complete with movable Cubby Buggy, Swing and Tree House as well as the Lion himself. Whats so brilliant about this playset is the interactive elements. On the playset there are “Smart Spots” and you just have to place Raa Raa – or any of his jungle friends (sold separately) – onto a “Smart Spot” to hear them speak. The “Smart Spot” knows which character you’ve placed on the spot and you’ll here their actual voice speak. Around the back of the tree house is Raa Raa’s bedroom, accessed by a ladder, and a bed for him to nap in. I love the “Smart Spots” feature and that pressing Raa Raa down on one makes the leaves of the palm tree rise and the Cubby Buggy appear – just like in the show. This is a must have toy for any Raa Raa fan. I can certainly see the fun in buying the other characters and adding more entertainment, and more phrases, to what is already a great toy.

Tickle Time Elmo
Another great toy for your children to interact with is Tickle Time Elmo. This super soft and super cuddly member of the Sesame Street gang is perfect for children who love to tickle. By simply tickling Elmo’s feet or tummy you can make him giggle, and the more you tickle him the more he giggles and shakes. I found playing with this strangely addictive, and ended up in fits of laughter myself. He’s a gorgeous little character who is sure to become your little ones new best friend.

Tiny Bike
Bikes are massively popular at Christmas, and if you want to get your toddler a first bike this year, try a Tiny Bike. Featuring fully adjustable handbars and seat this bike teaches about balance as it only has two wheels. The bike is ideal for children aged 2-4 years and can be moved easily with a simple push. It also has a little platform for them to rest their feet on when they become confident as they zip around. The spoke free wheels means you don’t have to worry about trapped fingers either. I read about this bike and saw one in action before I got one. Balance bikes aren’t a new thing, but the wooden ones always struck me as heavy or bulky to carry around. This bike actually looks like a “proper” bike, so if you’re getting an older sibling a new bike for Christmas, your little one might appreciate one similar. This bike is really light and easy to carry, and can be used indoors – if you have space – or out. My son took to this with ease and was soon wobbling his way around the lounge on it. It doesn’t take long at all for your child to figure out how to use it, and before you know it they’ll be speeding all over the place. This bike would look great nestled under the tree this Christmas.

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