Christmas Gift Guide: For Kids (Part 3)

If you're still looking for gifts for kids, we have another great selection for you here.  We love the Chad Valley Tots Town toys and if you're looking for a fun game, see our review of Monkey Flip.

For younger kids, the Build-a-Johnny Tractor from the John Deere Preschool range is perfect.  They can use the battery-powered drill to take Johnny Tractor apart and then build him again and again. With a 15 piece buildable set including two extra drill bits, this farming hero is built with chunky parts that are easy for little hands to assemble, perfect for any young farmer or mechanic. Suitable from 18 months; available from Argos.

Animal lovers can experience “Adventures in Motion” with ANIA Animal Packs including this brilliant starter pack. The Safari Tree Adventure playset has 16 animal sounds, slides, elevators, ladders, vines and a secret hideout spot in the tree. It comes with an exclusive white lion figure with articulated mouth and back legs, the perfect start for their ANIA collection. Each animal features fine details and between one and five points of articulation: mouth, legs, wings, tail, fins, head, and/or neck, and there are animals from around the globe to explore the Arctic, ocean, forest, grasslands, and prehistoric age. Suitable from age 3+ ANIA Animals packs and toys are available from Amazon and Toymaster.

The Phil the Fridge game from Tomy is great fun for ages 4+. As Phil the Fridge spins, players must get their food into the correct holes, but watch out for Phil's door flying open! The winner is the player who gets all their coloured food shapes into the fridge first, not as easy as it sounds! Available from Argos and Smyths.

As a historian, I am passionate about making the past come alive and be as interesting as possible for kids, something which is sadly often overlooked in schools where history teaching remains dry and unexciting. The What on Earth? books seek to make history an exciting, informative journey bringing 13.7 billion years of history to life.

From the Big Bang to the Battle of the Somme, stories spring to life through imaginative imagery and interactive activities, in a 3 or 6-book set. With 2-metre-long illustrated fold-out timelines (each featuring over 1,000 illustrations) to newspaper articles, quiz questions and crosswords, the What on Earth? Timeline Collection makes learning fun and memorable. Available from all leading booksellers, including Amazon.

Pokémon shows no sign of going away after its recent resurgence and there are a wide range of gifts available such as cuddly toys, figures and collectible cards. Available from all good toy shops.

Dancewear Central has a wide range of beautiful ballet gifts for budding ballerinas. Perfect for stuffing stockings or bigger gifts that will see them pirouetting into ballet classes come January.  Sophia loves the Capezio Camisole Glittery Tutu Dress  and the So Danca Pointe Shoe Key Ring has made its way straight to her special things box.  Very cute.

Paddington is huge this year with the new film out now, and this gorgeous Paddington Trunki will be top of many wish lists this Christmas. In a lovely shade of blue with the iconic character's friendly face emblazoned on the side, this capacious case has plenty of space for all their essentials. And of course has all the Trunki features such as being a ride-on for kids, perfect for the airport or train station, strong straps, sturdy wheels and cute horns to hold on to.  Available directly from Trunki and Amazon.

Treat little explorers to a pair of Hikeport trainers from KEEN.  Perfect for long walks and outdoor life, the Hikeport offers incredible performance and protection all winter long, as well as looking great.  Tatiana is very proud of her new shoes and has been happy to walk even further than usual on our walks to make sure they still 'work' (her words).  Let them run wild this winter in smart but functional footwear that will keep little feet clean, dry and comfortable.  We love the padded collar and tongue, great fit and incredible grip, perfect for all weathers and terrains.  Bring it on!

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