UK Toys

Why #ToysLikeMe Won't Teach Your Kids About Diversity

Lisa Bradburn | Posted 27.05.2015 | UK Parents
Lisa Bradburn

Don't get me wrong, a toy is a great tool for teaching kids. But I bet you my baby boy's first tooth that the new PC toys that are hitting the market right now will, like all the toys before them, change nothing unless we change the stories we, the adults, tell about diversity.

So...Google's Looking To Patent A Bunch Of Creepy Toys That'll Spy On Your Kids

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 26.05.2015 | UK Tech

As anyone who has been on the receiving end of a Furby stare will know, 'smart toys' walk a very thin line between being intuitive and downright creep...

Mum Creates 'First Ever Doll With Natural Hair'

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 22.05.2015 | UK Parents

When a mum realised her daughter's dolls were having a negative effect on her self-esteem, she decided to create a new doll that would reflect her dau...

Mum Creates Dolls Without Makeup To Make Them More Realistic

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 19.05.2015 | UK Parents

We know too well how the traditional Barbie doll that we grew up with is a poor representation of women today. Last week, an inclusive 'Dolls With ...

This Legoland Hotel Is All Of Your Childhood Dreams Come True

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 19.05.2015 | UK Tech

Lego is, we think it's safe to say, one of the greatest inventions since the human race first worked out that actually, rubbing a couple of sticks tog...

Dolls With Disabilities Launch After Successful #ToyLikeMe Campaign

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 15.05.2015 | UK Parents

The traditional Barbie doll with long blonde hair, an enhanced chest and stick thin legs is hardly a toy that many young children can relate to, espec...

Reports Amazon Has Dropped Its Gendered Toys Categories Don't Quite Add Up

The Huffington Post UK | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 07.05.2015 | UK Parents

A flurry of reports proclaiming Amazon has stopped dividing toys into separate categories for boys and girls have been circulating on the internet. ...

Have African Children Finally Found their Dolls?

Michael Mumisa | Posted 14.04.2015 | UK
Michael Mumisa

Molemo Kgomo says she hopes to solve some of the problems that black parents in the UK and USA face in selecting dolls by expanding her market beyond the African continent.

Did Bruce Lee play Barbies?

Allison Martin | Posted 09.04.2015 | UK Parents
Allison Martin

Why shouldn't girls climb trees which can promote courage and the ability to take risks? But, equally, why shouldn't little boys play games that bring to the fore no-less important qualities such as empathy and kindness?

Science Explains Why Stepping On Lego Hurts So Much

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 25.03.2015 | UK Tech

Stepping on Lego is arguably one of the most painful experiences anyone can go through. Those tiny plastic bricks can provide so much creative joy and...

These Lego Figures Aim To Inspire Little Girls To Become Judges

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 30.03.2015 | UK Parents

In the UK, just 32% of judges sitting in courts and tribunals are women. But one lady is aiming to change this through the power of Lego. Maia Wei...

This Photographer Puts His Superhero Toys Into Brilliant Poses

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 24.02.2015 | UK Comedy

Japanese photographer Edy Hardjoe describes himself as "a nerd who had no idea of what I'm talking about." Well, he's also a nerd who takes wonderf...

This Is The iPhone Case You've Been Waiting For

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 18.02.2015 | UK Tech

It's actually quite hard to imagine an iPhone case that's as impractical as it is desirable. Despite all this, Bandai's "Back To The Future: Part ...

Talking WiFi Barbie Doll 'Will Chat Live To Children'

The Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 16.02.2015 | UK Tech

In a terrifying move, Mattel has decided that the way to boost Barbie’s troubled sales numbers is to hook the iconic doll up to the Internet and let...

Nerf For Grown-Ups? We're Sold

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 16.02.2015 | UK Tech

Hasbro has finally realised that for all these years it has been underserving one key group of fans when it came to their Nerf guns: adults. For ye...

LEGO Doctor Who Is Happening

Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 04.02.2015 | UK Tech

Lego Doctor Who. It’s happening. The BBC has signed a licensing agreement with the Lego Group to produce a commercial version of a fan concept...

Is Superhero Barbie The Role Model Young Girls Need?

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 24.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle

With her unrealistic figure and obsession with all things pink, Barbie doesn't automatically spring to mind when you think of positive role models for...

This Is What Bratz Dolls Look Like Without Make-Up

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 21.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle

With their leather mini skirts and heavy make-up, Bratz dolls have long been accused of sexualising child's play. Now, an Australian artist has gi...

Why Is This Hospital Chaining Toys To Beds?

PA | Posted 12.01.2015 | UK

A hospital has had to start chaining toys to the beds of sick children after a spate of thefts. Parents have branded the thieves "disgusting", and ...

The Rubik's Cube Is Getting Out Of Hand

Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 02.01.2015 | UK Tech

Rubik's Cubes were originally an ostensibly fun toy for nerds. Then the 'experts' got hold of it, turned it into the subject for a nightmarishly compe...

These Are The Unsung Tech Heroes Of 2014

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 16.12.2014 | UK Tech

This year has seen technology take several pivotal leaps and bounds, from the introduction of next-generation games consoles to the first wave of true...

Play-Doh Have Reached The Zenith Of 2014 'Year In Review' Ideas

The Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 16.12.2014 | UK Tech

In case you haven't realised yet, 2014 is currently being 'reviewed' in literally every possible way. We've got the year in drones and the year in ...

How to Avoid a Toy Graveyard This Christmas

Ellie Widdowson | Posted 03.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Ellie Widdowson

Consider these ideas for memorable, educational and long-lasting gifts for children. Here are some gifts that you won't be taking to landfill in six months' time.

The Internet Has Gone Into Meltdown Over This Xmas Toy

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 03.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle

It would appear that the internet has gone into meltdown about Christmas toy, Elf On The Shelf. But what on earth is it? And why is everyone going mad...

Forget Tom Hanks In ‘Big' - THIS Is How You Play A Giant Floor Piano

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 01.12.2014 | UK Comedy

Move over, Tom Hanks (and that other guy)! THIS is how you play a giant floor piano. Yes, if you were impressed by Hanks and Robert Loggia (for tha...