Top Toys 2020
Best Toys Children 5-8 years 2020. This is our pick of new releases as well as classic toys suitable for children between the ages of five and eight years. In case you can’t find any of these toys and games locally, we’ve included links to Amazon [disclosure]. See also our page on Family Games.
LEGO Dots Rainbow Jewellery Stand
LEGO Dots are a new craft building idea from LEGO. Decorate this stand in your own style and use it to display your jewellery. You can buy packs of extra dots and other projects such as an animal pen holder. For kids aged 6+.
Nerf Ultra One
New from Nerf is the Ultra One Motorised Blaster. Uses the new Ultra darts which are the farthest flying ever with a distance of up to 36 metres. It promises extreme accuracy and speed too. For ages 8+. See more of the best new toys 2020.
Rubie’s Spiderman Costume
For ages 5-7 years, this Spiderman costume from Rubie’s includes printed jumpsuit and matching snood.
Hornby Junior Paddington Train Set
New Paddington-themed, battery-operated Hornby Junior Train Set. Contains carriage express train with headlights, tunnel, station, straight and curved track, power poles and trees. Named Best Toy for ages 4-7 years in the recent Mums Choice Awards 2019.
Elsa and Anna Party Shoes
Perfect gift for anyone who loves the Frozen movies.
Finalists in the Dream Toys 2019. Get the ball along the track of cups using only your puff! For ages 6+.
Leapfrog Rockit Twist
A finalist in the Innovative Toy of the Year category of the US Toy Of The Year Awards 2020. This educational travel game is the a great learning toy to get started with maths, literacy, science and encourage creativity.
KidCom Mobile Device
And new for 2019 is the KidiCom mobile device for kids aged 3-6+. You can exchange secure messages with family and friends via the KidConnect app. Also includes a camera and connects to VTech’s platform to download books, apps and educational games.
SmART Sketcher Projector
Project and sketch with the smart sketcher projector. Choose pre-loaded ‘learn to draw’ pictures or use the free downloadable app to load your own photos, For ages 5+.
Magformers Mastermind Deluxe
Great new Magformers STEM toy set for ages 3+. Includes 115 pieces and loads of construction possibilities for active minds.
Playmobil Space Station
Named 2019 Overall Rainbow Toy Awards Champion and also an Amazon Choice Product. For Playmobil fans aged 6+. Comes with working lights and sounds (batteries required), rotatable and detachable capsules, and many more exciting features.
Playmobil Del’s Food Truck
Another Playmobil winner from 2019 Rainbow Toy Awards. Features in Playmobil The Movie.
Must Have Toys 2019 – Juno Baby Elephant
One of the Amazon Top Ten Toys for Christmas 2019. Juno is an adorable elephant and a very sophisticated interactive toy. This baby elephant has a lifelike animated trunk that responds to touch. And Juno’s personality grows as you pet and play with her. She giggles, makes funny sounds and swings her trunk. For ages 5+.
Barbie Dream Plane
Here’s a lovely set for your Barbies to play in. Includes real working overhead storage and refreshment trolley with trays and snacks. Doesn’t include the dolls. On the list of Top Toys for Christmas 2019 from Smyths – see all the Christmas Toy Lists for 2019. There’s more Barbie picks below including Barbie Cake Decorating.
Gravitrax Starter Set XXL
Aquabeads Crystal Carriage
Aquabeads (and Hama Beads too) were very popular with our children when they were younger. This new set makes a 3D Crystal Carriage. Well-priced for a gift for a friend’s birthday party.
Nexo Climbing Robot
New for Autumn 2019, the Nexo Climbing Robot lets you build a gravity-defying robot which will walk vertically up smooth surfaces. For ages 6+.
New creative colouring set from John Adams. We think this is a brilliant gift for kids in the 6-9 years age bracket. The ink magically stops at the lines and you can blend colours.
Must Have Toys 2019 – Furreal Cubby Bear
Cubby Bear is a new interactive and lifelike toy for children aged 4 years and over. He moves his head, eyes, ears, nose, mouth and arms and make lots of cute sounds. At night he’ll make sleepy sounds and plays soft music. One of the toys on the Christmas List at Argos and also on Smyths Top Toys For Christmas 2019. Voted the top interactive/tech toy at the 2019 BlogOn Toy Awards.
This is a great present which will keep kids aged 5+ occupied for hours. From trusted brand Vtech, they offer a range of 200m and have a digital screen so you can send secure messages and play games too.
New from Tomy, the Rizmos are cute musical interactive plush toys that love to play. You can even sing a tune and Rizmo will sing it back to you. Comes in Berry, Aqua and Snow colours with six to collect but you don’t know which one you’ve got until you help it evolve.
VTech Secret Selfie Journal
Interactive journal which uses facial recognition to unlock it. Storage for 750 photos. With front and rear cameras. Ages 6+.
LOL Winter Ski Chalet
Wow – this is an amazing gift for an LOL fan including 95+ surprises! A wooden multi-story chalet house with six rooms and interactive features that include a chimney that snows and a real ice-skating rink. One of Hamleys’ Top Ten Toys for Christmas 2019. For kids aged 6+.
New from the Rainbocorns is the Llamacorn. This is a sequin collectible plush toy with lots of surprises. See our page with all the latest Toy Crazes.
Monster Jam Arena Playset
New arena play-set for your Monster Jam vehicles. Includes Monster Dirt from Kinetic Sand.
My Fairy Garden
We love the My Fairy play-sets where you can grow magical gardens for your fairy friends.
LEGO City Rocket Assembly and Transport
Part of the LEGO City range, it features a multi-stage rocket, rover payload module, launch control room with rotating satellite dish and assembly crane. On the list of Top Toys for Christmas 2019 from John Lewis.
LOL Surprise Backpack
Cutest backpack for LOL fans.
Botley Coding Robot
Toy Of The Year award winner 2019. Children from 5 years+ can programme Botley to perform a sequence of steps as he avoids obstacles, manoeuvres courses and moves objects.
Orchard Toys Magic Spelling
We loved Orchard Toys when our children were younger. This is the new ‘Magic Spelling’. There’s also ‘Magic Maths’. For children aged 5-7 years.
Kinetic Rock Crusher
New from Kinetic Sand is the range of construction sets using kinetic rock. We think these are going to be very popular with the 5+ age-range. Also in the set is the Paver vehicle. Plus, there are also individual rocks containing hidden treasure.
LEGO Friends Gymnastics
Fabulous new LEGO Friends Gymnastics set.Includes three gymnastics areas : jumping function trampoline, spinning parallel bars and main stage with a rotating platform. Also comes with two mini-dolls.
Massive Monster Mayhem Inflatable Bash Armour
Inflatable head gear and fists for kids aged 4-12 years. One of the Hero Toys 2019.
Uno is a massively popular family card game. It’s one of our top favourites for taking on holiday. This new version has an exciting twist where you can flip the entire deck and change the direction of the game entirely. Good gift to take to a birthday party.
Best Toys Children 5-8 Years 2019 – Off The Hook
New customisable dolls with almost endless mix and match fashion looks plus fashion surprises.
Build and venture to the End dimension! New LEGO set for Minecraft fans aged 7+. Includes Dragon Slayer minifigure.
Ozzbozz Unicorn Scooter
Amazon Choice product. Light up wheels and easy fold and lock mechanism.
Best Toys Children 5-8 Years 2019 – Zoomer Hungry Bunnies
An interactive bunny that really eats paper treats!
Dr Who Sonic Screwdriver
New for the thirteenth doctor. With lights and sound effects.
New for 2018, the ultimate Barbie kitchen complete with doll, gadgets and Barbie dough.
New from Furreal is Ricky, a toy dog who does tricks and responds with over 100 sound and motion combinations. A new best friend for children 4 years+. On John Lewis’s Christmas List 2018.
Frightful First Experiments
First experiments for ages 6+. Includes lots of ‘proper’ kit like test-tubes and goggles for 18 experiments. See other STEM Toys.
Hama Beads 3D Dogs
Brilliant new set from one of our favourite arts and crafts set. Ages 5 years+.
Boxer The Robot
New AI robot with a big personality. There are many ways to play including tricks and games with a free app to extend play possibilities. Also on the Argos Christmas List 2018.
My Mermaid Lagoon
A bit like My Fairy Garden but for mermaids. Lots of play possibilities with this collectable kit.
Choose a colouring sheet, then use your PIXELO pen to colour with amazing dotted effects. You can also use the markers as normal pens to doodle, draw and colour your sheets.
Charlie And The Chocolate Factory Puppet Set
One of the Hero Toys from The Toy Fair in London 2018. Imaginative play puppet set.
Exciting new type of construction set using high-density foam pieces and interlinking connectors. Makes fabulous models for display or play.
New for 2018 from one of our favourite crafty sets. Aquabeads now has a set for unicorns. Just spray the water and the beads stick together. There are over 2000 beads in this collection.
London Wooden Train Set
Features familiar London sights. Figure of eight track. Sturdy and durable. Not for children under 3 years.
BHTA Action Toy Of The Year 2018. The fabulous stretchy toy man Stretch Armstrong. Hours of fun!
GALT Sewing Kits
New in 2018 – Crafty Club Sewing Kit – Also available in Bunny, Owl, Frog and Kitten – Great presents for ages 6+
LEGO City Police
High speed chase – Includes 294 pieces – Compatible with all other LEGO sets – Ages 5-12 years – Under £20.
Best Toys Children 5-8 Years 2019 – Pocket Telescope
Portable telescope – Extend lens to focus – Under £10.
Best Toys Children 5-8 Years 2019 – Tangled Curl N Twist
Curl Rapunzel’s hair into ringlets that hold their style – Includes curling wand – Under £20.
Best Toys Children 5-8 Years 2019 – LEGO Creator Drone
Futuristic drone featuring twin rotors, posable cameras, large opening cockpit and landing gear that doubles as a lifting claw – Under £10.
Best Toys Children 5-8 Years 2019 – Money Match Cafe Game
Develops skills in addition, money handling and imaginative play – 2-4 players – Under £15.
Best Toys Children 5-8 Years 2018 – Bug Safari
STEAM educational toy – Explore nature on your doorstep – Under £15.
Best Toys Children 5-8 Years 2018 – Playmobil Wedding Limo
One of the Hero Toys at The Toy Fair, London 2018 – Includes three characters – Detachable roof.
Best Toys Children 5-8 Years 2018 – Hedbanz Junior
Especially for ages 5+ – Animal-themed – Under £15.
Best Toys Children 5-8 Years 2018 – Build A Bot
Build your own Pet – Electronic motor allows your pet to hop across the table and over obstacles.
Best Toys Children 5-8 Years 2018 – Barbie Colour In Fashion
Five washable fashion pieces – Crayola colouring pens.
LEGO Friendship House
New for 2018 – Includes three minifigures and pets – Four-storey house with garage, kitchen, living area, bedroom, roof terrace.
Treehouse Design and Build
STEAM educational toy – Includes 50 pieces – Under £15.
Tell The Time Game
Orchard Games – Makes learning to tell the time fun – Amazon Choice Product – Under £10.
John Adams game – Tests speed and reaction – Under £20.
The original Stomp Rocket – Can reach a height of 400 feet – Under £15.
Sew N Style
Make your own creations or follow the Cool Maker crafts – Includes pom-pom maker.
Amazon Choice Product – Nine fun experiments – STEAM Educational Toy – Under £15.
Built-in gear stick and handbrake – Ages 8+.
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