We know how precious your little one is to you – so that’s why we’ve scoured all over town to find some of the most fun and educational toys for them. Take a look at these gorgeous finds:
Best role-play toy
Medical Kit, $34, Leapfrog at Mothercare (see above)
Toddlers love role play and learn by watching adults around them. Your curious little tot will have hours of fun playing doctor with this kit.
“This is a really cool toy to teach children about visiting the doctor.” –Bridget Hope
Best bath toy
Mothercare Bath Buddies, $25, Mothercare
In adorable, friendly shapes and solid, neutral colours, these bath buddies will make bathtime a joy. And its accompanying mesh bag to store the toys wins points from parents, too.
Alphabet Sound Puzzle, $35.90, Melissa & Doug at Mothercare
This solid, sturdy puzzle is created with rough toddlers in mind! Interactive and educational, this toy teaches little ones early phonics skills with its reactive, sound play.
Best classic toy
Bashful Bunny, $57.90, Jellycat at Motherswork
A soft and cuddly toy—its big, floppy ears make it easy for a child to hold and carry around. And the super-soft velvet makes it a lovely companion for bubs at sleep time.
Best toy vehicle
Chopper the Number Copter, $68, Learning Journey at Nature’s Collection
Little ones will have a ball dancing to the tunes as they follow this sturdy, colourful chopper around. Educational and easy to use, this makes a wonderful gift.
Best all-round educational toy
Fridge Phonics, $32, Leapfrog at Mothercare
Toddlers will have great fun with this toy as they learn early alphabet skills by placing the letters into the magnet. Watch them squeal with delight at being rewarded by sounds and songs.
Best toy kitchen
Having a Ball, Get Cookin’ Kitchen, $77.90, Brightstarts USA at Kidzloft
Its compact size means it doesn’t take up as much room as some other bulky toy kitchens. Its clever design features an oven, work bench, stove and even an opening fridge.
Best musical toy
Poppin’ Play Piano, $36.90, Leapfrog at Mothercare
Pressing the coloured, musical keys of this sturdy, educational toy also make a corresponding ball shoot up, delighting little ones. Fun and interactive, this is a great toy for teaching toddlers musical skills and melodies.
Best toy for sport
FirstBIKE Limited Edition (blue), $265, Amber and Riley
A perfect starter bike for toddlers—it has no pedals and comes with an adjustable seat. It’s a great way of getting your little one to develop balance and be bike ready.
Best toy for bilingual development
Chinese Starter Kit for Kids,
MandarinaKids has produced a solid, starter kit for any kids learning Mandarin over the age of two. Flaps in the book reveal English underneath the Mandarin on each page making the program great for non-Mandarin speaking parents too.
The Forest Fable by Gelyn Ong, $18.65, Marshall Cavendish
Published in Singapore, the author and illustrator of this book, young artist Gelyn Ong, is only nine years old! This is a gorgeous picture book and an important tale for little ones about saving the planet.
Best sensory toy
My Pal Scout, $59.90,
Leapfrog at Mothercare
Touch his paws and Scout will talk to you. My Pal Scout can also be personalised—simply connect it to your computer and teach it to say your child’s name. A great, interactive toy for learning development.
By Lucy Cleeve, Harper’s Bazaar Junior Issue 15, November 2014