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 balls. Plus, there was a feature on the ‘Best Of The Rest’ which show-cased some really interesting toys, two of which we hadn’t seen before. We’ve listed almost all the toys and games featured in the Christmas show for 2020. Do note all the links on this page take you to Amazon [disclosure].
How To Spend It Well At Christmas – Rubik’s Cube
There is always lots of interest in this classic craze in fact, this year is the 40th anniversary of Rubik’s Cube. The testing group looked at the classic version and the new Rubik’s Tilt but the classic version was preferred. We think this is a good stocking filler idea and have featured it on our page of latest toy crazes.
In this test, Phil asked the school kids to pick between Classic LEGO and the new Super Mario LEGO Starter Course. The Super Mario set features on the top toys lists of Amazon, Argos, Hamleys and Made For Mums, furthermore it is also one of the Dream Toys 2020. However, the classic LEGO was the one they liked best and was the overall winner too.
How To Spend It Well At Christmas – Plasticine
The kids tried the FunTUBulous set from Plasticine. This is a retro moulding brand that’s been around for years. In was put through its paces against a newer version called Studio Movie Maker. In the test, the Studio Movie Maker came out top; the only updated toy to do so.
Drone Home was one of the Hero Toys for this year and also features on our Family Games page.
Pose Off is a game where you have to hold your nerve as well as your pose. There were lots of giggles when it was tested by the family testers who found it quite hard to stay in position.
Hands Full was another of the family games to feature in How To Spend It Well At Christmas. It asks you to put your twisting to the test with over a million tangled combinations.
The overall winner in the family games on How To Spend It Well At Christmas this year was Pencil Nose. It’s a bit like Pictionary but you have to hold the pencil (or pen) on your nose.
How To Spend It Well At Christmas featured inclusive dolls for the first time this year. Some of those that featured are pictured below.
How To Spend It Well At Christmas – Robotic Toys
Angellica went to a primary school to test out some of the top robotic toys with school kids while their teachers looked on. They tested four toys, three of which feature on one or more of the top toys lists this year.
Squeakee Interactive Balloon Dog
Squeakee The Balloon Dog was the teachers’ favourite in the Robotic Toys section of How To Spend It Well At Christmas 2020 and one of the Top 12 Toys For Christmas from This Morning and on Amazon’s Top 12 Toys For Christmas 2020. Meet Squeakee, the electronic balloon dog. He comes to life with over 60 interactive sounds and movements plus lots of cool tricks. For ages 5+.
Gotta Go Flamingo
Gotta Go Flamingo was the kids’ favourite in the Robotic Toys section. One of the Argos Top Toys For Christmas 2020 and one of This Morning’s Top 12 Toys For Xmas too. Feed your flamingo and watch their neck wriggle as the food goes down. Then clean up the poop and dry the magic granules to reuse again and again. He laughs and sings his catchy signature song. For ages 4+
Star Wars Mandalorian The Child Animatronic
From Hasbro is The Child Animatronic Edition with sounds and motorised sequences. With 25 sound and motion combinations for ages 5+. On the Christmas lists of Amazon, Argos and Smyths, and one of the Dream Toys 2020.
How To Spend It Well At Christmas – Baby Grows Up
Baby Grows Up is a new robotic doll concept where your little baby really grows! There’s over 75 sounds and phrases, and you can reset this cute doll from Baby Alive to play again. Plus there’s also lots of built in surprises including discovering eye and hair colour. For the over-3s.
The first of the STEM toys tested by the kidinfluencer testers was appropriately the Kidizoom Studio because it’s perfect for future YouTube content creators. Make your own videos with special effects and fun tricks, adding music, sound and backgrounds. Includes games and green background for movie-studio style. Looks set to be one of the big Christmas Toys. Age range 5-8 years. One of the Argos Top 12 Toys For Christmas 2020, one of Hamleys Top Toys For Christmas, one of This Morning’s Top 12 Toys For Christmas and on the Christmas List of Amazon too!
Sphero Mini is an app-controlled robotic ball for ages 8+. It was chosen as the winner in the STEM section the adult tester and also got a thumbs up from the kids.
Disney Frozen 2 Coding Set
With the Disney Frozen 2 Coding set you build a sensor and then use it to detect 3D hand motions and play with your Frozen powers. This is coding for kids aged 6+ but note the tablet not included.
How To Spend It Well At Christmas – Kickerball
Young footballers tried out some new skills balls: Mega Bounce; Kickerball and Speedball. They chose Kickerball as their winner. This is a curve and swerve football toy which lets you kick like the pros!
Laser Battle Hunters
The Laser Battle Hunters featured in the ‘Best Of The Rest’ section. These radio control vehicles that move forward, back and spin at super-fast speeds for ages 5+. On the 2020 Christmas Toy List of Argos, one of Hamleys Top Ten Toys For Christmas 2020, recommended this year by This Morning and is one of the Dream Toys 2020.
Junko Core Zoomer Kit
Also featured was the Junko Core Zoomer Kit which is also one of the picks in The Good Toy Guide this year. This is a new idea where you create lots of different cars from junk without tape or glue. So, it’s an eco toy that will appeal to kids. Junko is a UK family business trying to show big manufacturers that awesome toys can be made sustainably.
Some toys and games from How To Spend It Well At Christmas last year
Here’s some of the toys and games from last year that still create interest on our blog one year later. Perhaps they will become classics of the future?
Pictionary Air is an update on the classic Pictionary game using the latest tech. For ages 8+.
Bank Attack is a game for 2-4 players aged 7+ where you have five minutes to pull off the heist of the century and win the 50 million.
How To Spend It Well At Christmas – Stretchy Poo
As voted one of the Top Stocking Fillers on the show last year and still going strong! This is a good, cheap present that the testers in last year’s show absolutely loved.
The Untamed Snakes are from the company that brought you Fingerlings monkeys and dinosaurs. They react to sound, motion and touch but watch out, they also lunge.
What else is featuring on How To Spend It Well At Christmas?
This is the fourth series of this popular Christmas TV show. The trailer for the second episode of How To Spend It Well At Christmas showed gifts and gadgets that might make great gifts for teenagers. We’ll be watching closely. In the meantime, here’s our list of the best Presents for Teenagers who, you might agree, are notoriously hard to buy for at Christmas.
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