Stocking Fillers (treats under £20)
By Dr Amanda Gummer
Budgets are tighter than normal for many of us this year but that doesn’t prevent us from wanting to see the joy on children’s faces when they see that Santa’s been. Choosing toys that don’t break the bank can help keep the magic alive without causing parents financial stress. Here are some of our top picks:
This family game is a lovely way to develop turn-taking through drama and acting. Our testers particularly enjoyed doing the different actions and noises, which resulted in much hilarity! We really liked the illustrations on the cards, they were vibrant and appealed to our testers.
The colourful and magnetic building cubes are a great way to encourage little ones to get creative while helping their colour sorting and spatial skills. Made from recycled plastic and wipe-clean, they are also sturdy and easy to stack for small hands.
This bright, Christmas-themed book is so interactive and has lots of things for little ones to look at and do. As they push and pull different parts of the scene, they reveal different features which help to engage their attention and encourage discussion and learning.
A bright and colourful baking set to help budding little bakers to get started in the kitchen, introducing children to the world of baking, giving them practical skills and encouraging their creativity. The children loved that they had their own set of utensils to bake with, this empowered them and gave them a sense of independence – the utensils were also ideal for small hands to use.
So you can’t fit a whole car collection in a stocking, but you can fit in one or two Corgi Chunkies. These lovely toys are great for little hands, encouraging imaginative role play and storytelling on their own or – if there are more downstairs under the tree – offering a little tease for what’s to come. This new range is the perfect toy for the youngest of collectors!