UK Toys

Wise 4-Year-Old Sums Up The Problem With 'Girls' Toys'

The Huffington Post | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 09.05.2016 | UK Parents

Parents have been celebrating their sons' love of "girls' toys" after a four-year-old boy succinctly summed up why toys are always gender neutral. Rhe...

Toddler's Train Track Illusion Is Freaking People Out

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 08.04.2016 | UK Parents

A dad's video of a mind-boggling optical illusion involving his toddler's train tracks has been shared by thousands of people who can't believe their ...

Bring on the Pink

Samantha Simmonds | Posted 07.04.2016 | UK Parents
Samantha Simmonds

Before I became a parent I was a fully paid up member of the right on- politically correct brigade. If asked, I would have said I was determined to bring up my children free to embrace whatever interested them, be it maths and science experiments for a girl or fashion and cookery for boys. But it hasn't quite turned out that way.

When Daddy Gets Frightened By a Singing Bear During a Nap

Andrew Robinson | Posted 17.03.2016 | UK Parents
Andrew Robinson

You are dazed. You are still half asleep but are a little unsure about the situation. Did I just hear something? Is someone home? Is baby waking up? Is it a ghost or poltergeist playing havoc with me? No, mate. A bear just started singing a song for you.

Girl Thrilled Her Shopkins Toy Sold For More Than £200

SWNS | Amy Packham | Posted 15.03.2016 | UK Parents

A five-year-old has made an impressive profit after one of her toys, which was bought for just £2.50, later sold for more than £200. Gracie Davis d...

Forget Ken's Abs, This Doll Shows Boys 'Real Is Beautiful'

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 10.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Two years ago artist Nickolay Lamm launched the Lammily doll - a toy dubbed "normal Barbie" created with the body proportions of the average 19-year-o...

This DIY Cardboard Kitchen For Kids Is All Kinds Of Dreamy

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 04.03.2016 | UK Parents

One mum proved that the cost of keeping your child entertained can be next to nothing with her dream-worthy DIY project. Rodessa Villanueva-Reyes, ...

The Must-Have Toys of 2016

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 17.02.2016 | UK Parents

Parents wanting to get a head start on their children's birthday wish lists this year will be pleased to learn that industry insiders have released a ...

Everything Is Awesome in Lego Land... Now it's Barbie's Turn to Recognise Disabled Young People

Rosemary Frazer | Posted 05.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Rosemary Frazer

When I was a child, I hated being given dolls for my birthday or Christmas. Most of them were glamorous, blonde and pretty and that certainly wasn't me! Like many other young girls, I would enthusiastically mutilate my Barbie dolls.

Brothers Who Couldn't Afford Pokémon Cards Create Their Own Incredible Game

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 04.02.2016 | UK Parents

Two brothers who couldn't afford popular card games, such as Pokémon or Yu-Gi-Oh, decided to make the best out of a bad situation. Instead of wall...

Is 2016 the Year for STEM, Digital and Virtual Reality Toys?

Lucy Gill | Posted 02.02.2016 | UK Tech
Lucy Gill

STEM stands for Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics. These subjects have a reputation for being for 'geeks' and boys but with the amazing array of products on the market to make STEM great fun I truly believe the tide may be turning.

Why Barbie's New Look Is None of Our Business

Amy Jewell | Posted 31.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Amy Jewell

When I played with Barbie, I didn't care what she looked like. I wasn't interested in the size of her boobs or waist. I wasn't even particularly interested in her array of outfits or stilettos. Like thousands of other girls, I'm sure, I cared more about what she could be, what she could do.

Toy Manufacturers Urged To Follow LEGO's Lead And Represent Disabled Children

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 28.01.2016 | UK Parents

A charity is urging for more major toy manufacturers to make products featuring characters with disabilities after LEGO included a mini-figure of a ma...

Barbie Unveils New 'Curvy' Doll To Mixed Reactions

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 28.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Mattel has announced the release of three new Barbie body types - tall, curvy and petite - which will grace its 2016 Fashionistas range. The dolls...

Mum Issues LEGO Warning After Tiny Hole Saved Son's Life

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 22.01.2016 | UK Parents

A mum is urging LEGO manufacturers to keep a small hole in every piece after it saved her son's life. Laura Deena Halls‎, 31, shared the heartbr...

That's Not Going on the Christmas List

Claire Kirby | Posted 20.12.2015 | UK Parents
Claire Kirby

Over the years I have learned to filter these lists to stop undesirable toys getting in through the door. This year I am thinking of operating a doorman style policy on Christmas presents. You know, if your name's not down, you're not coming in.

Mum Who Spent £1,500 On Christmas Presents Hits Back At Trolls

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 10.12.2015 | UK Parents

A mother who spent £1,500 on more than 300 Christmas presents for her three children has hit back at those who have said she is "abusing" her childre...

Toy Hacks: Another Example of Why Security Needs an Overhaul

Graham Welch | Posted 10.12.2015 | UK Tech
Graham Welch

From baby monitors that allow parents to watch their infants remotely, to smart talking dolls, which connect to a database to answer kids' questions, the same connectivity seen in adult gadgets is now reaching our children. But what happens when hackers gain access to that data?

From Student to Entrepreneur: How to Build an Internet of Things Business

Peter Spence | Posted 09.12.2015 | UK Tech
Peter Spence

Initially I worked on my idea while at University. I created a prototype which wasn't perfect and wouldn't work 100% of the time. What I knew is that everyone who saw and played with it thought it was cool, different and exciting.

Mum Claims This Toddler's Toy Teaches Kids To Say F***

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 04.12.2015 | UK Parents

A mum is claiming a children's toy she bought for her one-year-old is teaching her children to say the F word. Ashley Senior said when the French s...

Competition: Win A £300 Sylvanian Families Toy Bundle

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 02.12.2015 | UK Parents

You might remember Sylvanian Families from your own childhood, but did you know this year the collectible toy range, which features woodland animals a...

Boys and Feminism

Helen Bryce | Posted 01.12.2015 | UK Parents
Helen Bryce

I've always worried about my girls growing up in an unequal world but up until recently have never had the same concerns for my son.

This Is The Toy That Made Princess Charlotte Smile

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 01.12.2015 | UK Parents

Princess Charlotte's cuddly toy she was recently pictured with has - yep you guessed it - sold out at various outlets. The six-month-old was captur...

Toys R Us Ditch Gender Filters From Online Store

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 21.12.2015 | UK Parents

Toys R Us has dropped the 'boys' and 'girls' categories from its online store in a drive towards being more inclusive. The retailer's site still g...

These Toys Are Getting Stuck In Kid's Hair And Parents Are Not Happy

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 21.12.2015 | UK Parents

A popular toy consisting of small plastic balls is causing mayhem for parents, by becoming well and truly stuck in children's hair. Bunchems are li...