Category Archives: Games and Puzzles

Games And Puzzles

What are the best games and puzzles for children and families? Family games help build ties and bonds between siblings and parents. Great family games include Dobble, Monopoly (now available in many different versions) and Logo.

Games and puzzles

Physical games such as Pie Face, Toilet Trouble, Don’t Be A Donkey and Big Beard Battle are currently very popular indeed.

Educational games such as Rat A Tat Cat, Bananagrams and Pop To The Shops help learning with matching, counting and spelling as well as other strategies.

It’s very hard to predict what will be the next big trend. However, there are plenty of toys and games that have stood the test of time. Some of these reinvent themselves to remain relevant in a fast-moving world. Others create many different versions of themselves to appeal to niche markets. A great example of this is Monopoly.

Puzzles such as Rubik’s Cube have been popular for years. Jigsaw puzzles are always popular. 3D jigsaw puzzles add a new dimension.

See our Pinterest board on Games Our Family Loves.

New Toy Crazes 2021

The Latest Toy Crazes For Kids Here’s our pick of the New Toy Crazes 2021. These are the coolest new toys we think will be popular for boys and girls this year. Toy Crazes are often smaller collectible toys that build around a theme such as unwrapping, slime, unicorns, aliens or dinosaurs. They are sometimes… Read More »

Gifts For Teenagers

Our Pick Of Presents For Teenagers What are the best Presents For Teenagers? Teenage boys and girls are notoriously difficult to buy for. Here’s our pick of the Hottest Gifts For Teens. We’ve got teenagers so this is our specialist subject area. All the links on this page go to Amazon where you can also check… Read More »

Best Toys Children 8-12 Years

Toys For Older Primary School Kids Best Toys Children 8-12 Years. This is our pick of new releases as well as classic toys, games and activities for children between the ages of eight and twelve years. In case you can’t find any of these toys  locally, we’ve included links to Amazon [disclosure]. See also new… Read More »

Best Toys Children 3-4 Years

Toys For Pre-schoolers Best Toys Children 3-4 years. This is our pick of new releases as well as classic toys suitable for children between the ages of three and four years. In case you can’t find any of these toys and games locally, we’ve included links to Amazon [disclosure]. My First Scalextric Mains powered Scalextric… Read More »

Best Toys Children 5-7 Years

Toys For Primary School Kids Best Toys Children 5-7 years. This is our pick of new releases as well as classic toys suitable for children between the ages of five and seven years. In case you can’t find any of these toys and games locally, we’ve included links to Amazon [disclosure]. See also new Toy… Read More »

Games To Help Children With Maths

Maths Games This is our pick of the best games to help children with maths. In case you can’t find any locally, we’ve included links to Amazon [disclosure]. Mammoth Maths Maths games from the teacher-tested Orchard Toys brand. Includes 3D mammoths. For ages 5-8 years. Gangsta Granny Mental Maths Mental Maths game featuring David Walliams’… Read More »

How To Spend It Well At Christmas

Spend It Well On Toys How To Spend It Well At Christmas was on back ITV1 this week. In the first show this year the testers looked at Toys. Broadly, it featured the following: Retro Toys and their more recent ‘twists’; Family Board Games; Inclusive Dolls; Robotic Toys; Science or STEM toys; inline skates and… Read More »

Amazon’s Top 12 Toys

Amazon Christmas Toy List Here’s the Amazon Christmas Toy List 2020 which includes 12 top toys this year. These are the products that major online retailer Amazon is predicting will be the must-have toys this Christmas. All links go to Amazon [disclosure]. Barbie Fresh ‘n’ Fun Food Truck Barbie’s Food Truck comes with lots of… Read More »

This Morning Must Have Toys For Christmas

Top 12 Toys For Christmas What are the This Morning Christmas Must Have Toys 2020? This year, there are 12 top toys on the list from the ITV show This Morning hosted by Holly and Phil. Some of these toys and games also appear on the Christmas Lists of other retailers like Argos, Smyths and… Read More »

Hamleys Top 10 Toys For Christmas 2020

What Will Your Kids Want For Christmas? Here’s the Hamleys Christmas Toy List 2020 which was published recently. These are the products that the iconic children’s toy store Hamleys is predicting will be the must-have toys this coming Christmas. There are 10 top toys for 2020 including Super Mario LEGO and Kidizoom Studio which also… Read More »

Dream Toys

What Are The Dream Toys 2020? Dream Toys 2020 are the annual Christmas toy predictions from the UK Toy Retailers Association. Announced a little earlier than usual in 2020, the list contains 12 Top Toys For Christmas 2020. If you can’t find them locally, we’ve included links to Amazon where you can also check prices [disclosure].… Read More »

Toy Advent Calendars

The Best Non-Chocolate Advent Calendars 2020 There’s no doubt Toy Advent Calendars are becoming very popular. Many parents prefer these advent calendars to more traditional ones. An advent calendar makes a great gift. What’s more, the anticipation of a daily surprise can help kids cope with their excitement as Christmas comes. So, below is our… Read More »