The 10 best ... Christmas toys

2013-12-01 14:00

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It’s time to fill that Christmas stocking. Siyabonga Sithole and Jeanette Chabalala select the festive season’s trendiest and must-have toys

Mind Storms. Pictures: Sfiso Nkosi/City Press

1 Lego Mindstorms R4?199

This programmable robot comes complete with infrared technology sensors connects to a laptop or PC to make your own customised robot with instructions and software. Mindstorms is ideal for teenagers and older technology-savvy toy lovers. It has an intelligent brick with a 32-bit microprocessor, more memory and flash. The Lego elements are sturdy and durable for improved functionality and movement. Suitable for ages 10 and up.

Up and down Roller Coaster Track

2 Step 2 up and down roller coaster track R3?299

Toddlers will love this colourful roller coaster toy. The 10m track is designed to be durable for fussy toddlers and preschoolers as they shoot down the ramp. Pushing the car back up to the top helps develop balance, coordination and gross motor skills while the recessed wheel keeps the coaster car steady until children are ready for another ride. Suitable for age three and up.

Lifestyle Custom Kitchen

3 Step 2 lifestyle custom kitchen R2?400

One of the most realistic pretend-play kitchens, children will love the electronic noises that sound like the real appliances you find in an actual kitchen. It features a compact design that will fit into even the smallest playroom or bedroom. The kitchen has a stove, cabinets, a refrigerator and other household kitchen appliances and gizmos. Suitable for ages three and up.

Playmobil Police Station

4 Playmobil Police Station R1?359

Let your little one experience the world of law enforcement with an array of police scenarios. Your child can pretend to play detective with the interactive elements of a police station. The 7.5cm building set comes complete with 260 pieces including the real sounds of sirens, alarms and flashing lights, three police officers, one suspect and loads of accessories. Suitable for ages four to 10.

Leap pad ultra learning tablet

5 Leap pad ultra learning tablet R1?999

Introduce your child to the internet on this tablet with its 17.8cm-high resolution screen with Wi-Fi and kid-safe web. It’s packed with 800 fun and educator-approved apps, games, videos, music and e-books. It is a world on its own with peer-to-peer games, virtual pets and LeapFrog characters. Suitable for ages four to nine.

Friends Lego Range

6 Friends Lego range from R77 TO R939

Meet the It girls of Heartlake City. These five girlfriends from the Lego range allow children to build, create, remodel and redecorate a variety of items such as houses, ships and cars with colourful bricks, dozens of new details and never-before-seen minidoll figures. This is suitable for ages seven to 12.

Nerf gun?–?Elite Stockade

7 Nerf gun?–?Elite Stockade R469

The stockade blaster with detachable shoulder stock accommodates the 10-dart rotating barrel. It can hold an additional 10 Elite darts. The friction on the narrow flywheels allows darts to shoot further. It has a sporty look with its bright neon colours. Suitable for older children.

5-in-1 baby born set

8 5-in-1 baby born set R599

The new baby comes with a pram, a carry cot, a bag and a play gym. There are loads of playing scenarios and accessories that provide endless fun and help with mobility. Your little one will also have a bag to carry all the baby toys in and the packaging of the five-in-one baby born set is child-safe. Suitable for ages two and up.

Tekno Robotic Puppy

9 Robotic Puppy R859.99

This robotic puppy walks, barks, eats, sleeps and interacts with the user. The environmental stimuli come complete with hand gestures and animated technology. It features more than 160 emotions and lifelike functions, as well as futuristic technological advances. The dog can be “taught” to respond to voice commands and do tricks like fetching a bone and ball accessories. Suitable for ages five and up.

Sing and Jam platform for boys and girls

10 Sing and jam platform R299

Pretty pink or blue stand with detachable microphone and flashing disco effects provide lots of fun for your Beyoncé or Justin Bieber wannabe. It comes with a flashing ball and sound effects. You can select between single clap, cheers, crowd clap and introduction clap. Inspire your child to scale the pop charts. The platform is battery powered and suitable for ages three and upwards.

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