UK Toys

Top Scientist Says Girls Need To Ditch Dolls And Play With Lego

PA | By John von Radowitz, Press Association Science Correspondent | Posted 04.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Barbie should be put back in her box to make way for more "creative" toys such as Lego and Meccano that are traditionally given to boys, according to ...

Target's Star Wars Ad Proves Gender-Neutral Policy Is A Winner

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 28.08.2015 | UK Parents

American retailer Target announced early August they were adopting a new, non-gendered policy in their stores, and their latest ad proves it was a gre...

This Is How A Dad Feels When His Son Asks For A Doll

The Huffington Post UK | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 26.08.2015 | UK Parents

Gender stereotypes surrounding toys are deeply entrenched, so when a dad shared a Facebook video showing how he felt when his son asked him for a doll...

Don't Limit My Sons' Opportunities Because They're Boys

Jackie Novels | Posted 10.08.2015 | UK Parents
Jackie Novels

My little boys absolutely loved the dolls. They put them in and out of the highchairs, fed them, rocked them to sleep in the beds, cuddled them, and took them to bed with them at night. It was a delight for me, as their mum, to see them exhibit care for other 'people' in this way.

Mum's Facebook Post About Baby Gagging On Teething Toy Goes Viral

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 22.07.2015 | UK Parents

A mother has taken to Facebook to share the story of when her six-month-old daughter "choked" on the legs of a Sophie the Giraffe teething toy and the...

Frozen Has Been Knocked Off The Top Spot For Bestselling Toy By These Creatures...

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 09.07.2015 | UK Parents

Minions - the small yellow creatures that rose to fame on Despicable Me - have replaced Frozen as the best-selling toy license in the UK. It's a ...

Doll Teaches 2-Year-Old To Say 'F**k It', Leaving Parents Horrified

The Huffington Post UK | Sophie Brown | Posted 07.07.2015 | UK Parents

The horrified parents of a two-year-old have are desperately trying to get her to forget some of her first words, after a doll they bought her for her...

The Amateurish Toy Unboxers of YouTube

Michael Spicer | Posted 29.06.2015 | UK Comedy
Michael Spicer

As we speak, this movement is making a big cultural leap. Unboxers are not only unboxing the toys but also playing with them. This of course adds extra pathos to the clips because there's nothing quite as upsetting as watching an adult hand moving a small anthropomorphic puppy around and doing the voices.

Hamleys Top 10 Toys For Christmas

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 25.06.2015 | UK Parents

Since Argos released their top predicted Christmas products for children earlier in the week, it seems others have followed suit. The infamous toy ...

Argos Top Toys For Christmas 2015

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 23.06.2015 | UK Parents

We know, we know, you haven't even thought about Christmas yet. After all, it's only June and the summer holidays are only just about to start. How...

The Top Eight Garden Toys for Pre-Schoolers

Faye Jacobs | Posted 16.06.2015 | UK Parents
Faye Jacobs

With three kids that have enough energy between them to run a duracell power station, I intend to fill the garden with as much entertainment as possible to help survive the summer before school starts! Here are my top picks for garden toys that have been tried, tested and approved by three VISP's (very important small people)...

This Is What A Well Loved Teddy Bear Looks Like

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 12.06.2015 | UK Parents

If you still have your teddy bear from when you were younger, you'll be able to identify with this photo. A man has shared a touching photo showing...

Genius Or Seriously Creepy? Meet The Doll That Gets Sunburnt On The Beach

The Huffington Post UK | Sophie Brown | Posted 11.06.2015 | UK Parents

Nivea has teamed up with ad agency FCB Brasil to create a UV-sensitive doll that actually sunburns when it's exposed to sun without sunscreen. The...

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 13.06.2015 | 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 08.06.2015 | 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...