UK Toys

Take A Look Inside Lewisham Toy Library, Home To More Than 2,000 Toys For Children

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 13.10.2017 | UK Parents

Toy shops are often a nightmare for parents because while your child might want to take home everything they lay their eyes on, your bank balance won...

Toys 'R' Us Recalls A Popular Baby Toy Due To Choking Hazard

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 11.10.2017 | UK Parents

Toys ‘R’ Us has recalled a popular baby toy due to the risk of choking. The high-street retailer has recalled the ‘Bruin Wiggle Ball/Giggle Ball...

Aldi Launches Budget Wooden Toy Range For Kids Just In Time For Christmas

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 10.10.2017 | UK Parents

Wooden toys are high on many parents’ Christmas shopping lists this year, so Aldi’s brand-new kids’ collection is very well timed. The budget su...

Pink, Play And Power: Gender Stereotypes And Toys

Vanessa Rogers | Posted 09.10.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Vanessa Rogers

Watching TV on catch up last night I was delighted to see Mary Portas on Channel 4, Barbie - the most famous doll in the world, but dismayed as I saw her explore the links between gender stereotypes and the toys children play with

These Are The Christmas Presents Parents Are Buying Their Kids This Year

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 02.10.2017 | UK Parents

It may only be October, but we’re sorry to break it to you: some parents have already planned what they’re buying their kids for Christmas. A Mums...

Anonymous Neighbour Leaves 25 Hijabi Dolls Outside Mum's Door

HuffPost Canada | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 26.09.2017 | UK Parents

It’s difficult to find hijab-wearing dolls, so when one woman discovered a package of 25 handmade hijabi figures on her porch, she couldn’t help b...

Mum Sparks Debate After Saying She Doesn't Want To Buy Toys For Kids At Christmas

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 20.09.2017 | UK Parents

A mum has sparked a debate online after saying doesn’t want to buy her two daughters - aged one and three - presents at Christmas. The Mumsnet user ...

Does Your Kid Have A Nerf Gun? Make Sure You're Aware Of This Warning From Doctors

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 19.09.2017 | UK Parents

Families are being warned about the dangers of Nerf guns as doctors have said using them can lead to serious eye injuries. Medical experts said the ...

This 'Must-Have' Toy For Kids Is Seriously Creeping People Out

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 23.08.2017 | UK Parents

The Luvabella doll might be on Argos’ predictions as one of the bestselling toys this Christmas, but it is seriously creeping people out. The lifeli...

Parents Accuse Silver Cross Of Being 'In The Dark Ages' With Their 'Play Like Mum' Toy Range

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 03.08.2017 | UK Parents

This article has been updated, Silver Cross told HuffPost UK: “Play Like Mum is an independent trading company which is licensed to manufacture doll...

Is This Your Child's Toy? Police Hunt To Reunite Lost Monkey With It's Owner

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 26.07.2017 | UK Parents

An international hunt has been launched to reunite a lost toy with its owner after a cuddly monkey was discovered by a police officer at Gatwick Airpo...

Toothpick Crossbow: The Worrying 'Toy' Trend Parents Need To Be Aware Of

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 22.06.2017 | UK Parents

Parents are being warned about a worrying new “toy” that allows kids to fire needles, toothpicks and even nails from a mini crossbow. The device, ...

These Are The Toys That Your Child Will Want From Argos This Christmas

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 22.06.2017 | UK Parents

Argos has shared its predictions for the toys that will be under your Christmas tree in December. It might feel like you’ve only just recovered fro...

There Are Now 40 New Barbie And Ken Dolls With Different Body Types, Hairstyles And Skin Tones

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 21.06.2017 | UK Parents

Barbie and Ken have been remodelled to “redefine” what a doll looks like to the next generation of children. The 40 different doll options in Matt...

Parents Warned To Buy Fidget Spinners From Reputable Traders, As 'Dangerous' Models Are Pulled From Sale

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 14.06.2017 | UK Parents

Hundreds of fidget spinners have been pulled from shops and stalls after safety concerns were raised by local council trading standards officers. Off...

Creative Play: The Magic Of Make-Believe

Debbie Hulme | Posted 07.06.2017 | UK Parents
Debbie Hulme

We all know that children have amazing imaginations, often surprising us with their ability to create and explore make-believe worlds. This isn't just a joy to watch, it's also a vital part of their cognitive development.

Fidget Spinner Warning Issued To Parents As 10-Year-Old Gets Toy Part Stuck In Her Throat

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 17.05.2017 | UK Parents

A mum has warned parents about a potential danger of the fidget spinner craze after her 10-year-old daughter got part of one stuck in her throat. Kell...

School Bans Fidget Spinners After Girl Appeals To Her Headteacher

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 05.05.2017 | UK Parents

A school has banned ‘Fidget Spinners’ from lessons after an anonymous pupil wrote to her headteacher to complain about the disruption they were ca...

Why Diversity In Dolls Matters For Girls And Boys: One Family's Mission To Shake Up The Toy Market

The Huffington Post | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 03.05.2017 | UK Parents

A mum and dad who were frustrated by the lack of diversity among the dolls available for their son, have taken matters into their own hands and create...

Brace Yourselves: There's A New (Affordable) Hatchimals Toy

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 01.05.2017 | UK Parents

Hatchimals were the must-have toy for kids at the end of 2016 and the craze drove parents into a frenzy trying to get them in time for Christmas. But ...

Where To Buy Fidget Spinners, The New Gadget Sweeping The Nation

The Huffington Post | Oscar Williams | Posted 26.04.2017 | UK Tech

If you just can’t stop fidgeting at work, you might want to invest in a fidget spinner, the latest craze to sweep the nation. The gadgets, which are...

Parents Have A Lot To Say About Sam Faiers' Latest Purchase For Baby Paul

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 24.03.2017 | UK Parents

Sam Faiers bought her one-year-old son a beautiful wooden play kitchen, and probably wasn’t expecting such interest from her fans. The 25-year-old s...

This Incredible 'Lego Tape' Will Take Your Building Skills To The Next Level

The Huffington Post | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 16.03.2017 | UK Tech

Lego has always followed certain rules, the most annoying of which has been that it always has to be built on a flat surface and usually upwards. Well...

Some Toys Are Better Than Others - Some Toys Have A Soul

Alice Wilde | Posted 20.02.2017 | UK Parents
Alice Wilde

The toys that are so fixed, so finished, that every plastic gesture is forever frozen can never be anything else. They can't be transferred. A motorbike in miniature detail can't be a skier, or a truck, a buggy, a stone, a King Wasp or a cake - it can only be a motorbike. Non-transferable and a touch cold because of it.

Parents Issued Advice About 'My Friend Cayla', After German Families Told To 'Destroy' Doll

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 20.02.2017 | UK Parents

Parents in Germany have been warned to destroy “My Friend Cayla” dolls, but the UK distributor of the toy has told British mums and dads not to wo...