Get­ting the right toys for the kids is far from child’s play, so here’s some ideas to help you

Rutherglen Reformer - - Your Guide to Christmas -

WE all hope for smiles on Christ­mas morn­ing when chil­dren are open­ing their gifts.

But with the huge ar­ray of fun-packed toys avail­able, it can be hard find­ing the right ones to please those lit­tle ex­cited faces.

De­pend­ing on your child’s age, there’s ev­ery­thing from child-friendly tablets full of learn­ing apps and games, such as the VTech In­no­Tab Max to the Ku­rio 7s and 10s, to train tracks for pre-school­ers such as Thomas and Friends Avalanche Es­cape play­set.

Mean­while, girls will love My Mag­i­cal Mer­maid, Bar­bie Colour Chang­ing Bag and Flut­ter­bye Fly­ing Fairy.

Also set to be in flavour this year is the LeapFrog TV, aimed at three to eight-year-olds, which pro­vides ed­u­ca­tional, ac­tive video games.

Loom bands are still popular at the mo­ment, so the Cra-Z-Loom Ul­ti­mate Bracelet Maker might be worth adding to your list, along with the Doh Vinci Style and Store Van­ity, which al­lows chil­dren to be­come a 3D de­signer.

In­ter­ac­tive toys seem to be fly­ing off the shelves this sea­son, from dolls to di­nosaurs and dogs – they’re all talk­ing, walk­ing and ready to im­press!

Mike Coogan, mar­ket­ing and e-com­merce di­rec­tor for Toys R Us, said:“Toys with a tech­nol­ogy base ap­pear to be tak­ing a lead and are all the rage this year.

“Cayla, Dino Boomer, MiP Ro­bot and the Dig­i­tal Birds and cage are full of character.

“But it’s com­fort­ing to see the re­turn of some house­hold favourites in­clud­ing Thomas the Tank En­gine and Lego, which are al­ways popular.

“As al­ways, movies have had a ma­jor in­flu­ence on the list, with Dis­ney’s Frozen be­ing sim­ply out­stand­ing, Trans­form­ers 4 pro­vid­ing great role-play toys and the long-awaited Dis­ney In­fin­ity Su­per­heroes Mar­vel char­ac­ters com­ing to life in video games.

“The Crazy Cart is by far and away the most ex­pen­sive gift but it’s some­thing the whole fam­ily can en­joy.”

And pic­tured are a se­lec­tion of some of the top most wanted toys for Christ­mas 2014...

VTech Kidi­zoom Smart Watch,

Sew Cool Sewing Stu­dio,

Lego City Arc­tic Base Camp,

Dis­ney Frozen Snow Glow Elsa doll and Olaf, plays song Let it Go,

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