So we're almost a month on from Christmas, but doesn't it feel like yesterday? I think the snow helped to prolong the festive feelings.
Every year it amazes me that the big toy hits of Christmas are not what you expected them to be. The toy that was at the top of your child's wish list, that you searched high and low to find, gets played with for about five minutes. And the throwaway stocking filler that you picked up for about 50p at the supermarket turns out to be the real joy. Meanwhile, babies and toddlers ignore their lavish gifts to confirm the cliché that all they really want is some nice rustly wrapping paper.
So, one month in, which toys are your children still gaga about?
These were the big hits in our house:
Lego Space Police
My six-year-old son did the rounds of the Lego range this year, and solemnly proclaims the Space Police to be the best.
Playmobil Sea Monster
Roman Mysteries Books
Intelligent Putty Looking like an oil slick in a tin, this oopy goopy stuff will bounce, stretch, harden or tear depending on how you treat it. Great fun, though unfortunately sometimes the children want to play with it too.