Anyone with any experience of attempting to raise a child will know all too well how difficult it is to engage them in educational play. When they aren't glued to a screen for hours on end, they somehow end up covered in mud with some worrying bumps and bruises.
We're not saying that a little screen time is a sin, and we're definitely not suggesting that a roll around in some dirt doesn't have its benefits, but a little more time spent learning and developing new skills probably wouldn't go amiss.
BEST FOR SPELLINGOrchard Toys Match and Spell Game
Develops reading and spelling, and encourages matching and memory skills.
BEST FOR INTERACTIONGILOBABY Smart Robot Toy
Provides hours of fun and gives your kids some experience with robotics and advanced technology.
BEST FOR TELLING TIMEPeppa Pig Wooden Puzzle Clock
Movable hands and number pieces encourage children to count, sort, and place the shapes in the correct order.
BEST FOR STEMGraviTrax Starter Set
Kids build impressive tracks and set the spheres rolling to learn about basic engineering concepts.
BEST FOR CODINGSphero BOLT Robotic Ball
Get creative and have fun by driving and coding this app-enabled robotic ball.
BEST FOR MATHSBrainBox Maths
Fast and fun memory game based on maths concepts taught in years 3 and 4.
BEST FOR SCIENCENational Geographic Fossil Dig Kit
Dig for dinosaurs, brachiopods, mosasaurs, ammonites, and more with this dig kit.
BEST FOR CREATIVITYLego Movie 2 Movie Maker
Build a movie stage with two interchangeable background images, an adjustable smartphone stand, and much more.
BEST FOR MUSICBaby Einstein Magic Touch Piano
Empowers young musicians to create their own tunes with real piano sounds.
BEST FOR MOTOR SKILLSMelissa & Doug Wooden Latches Board
Entertaining and educational activity board that helps kids develop dexterity.