We always think an ideal toy promotes learning and the acquisition of skills while children are ‘just playing’.  We enjoy seeing the entries in a category that encourages this.


Wonder Lab

By: Little Tikes

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Age: 3-5y

RRP: £99.99

Spark curiosity in budding scientists with the Wonder Lab.  Little Tikes STEM Jr range is specially designed to give your little ones a taster of science, technology, engineering and maths through fun experiments and activities.  This activity packed, brightly coloured laboratory is sure to get your little tikes feeling like scientist, encouraging hands on play to fuel cognitive development.

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Available from: Argos

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What the testers said “Lots to do and they learned loads. Different experiments kept them coming back for more. Plus it’s so easy to clean.”


123 Pirate Ship

By: Playmobil

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Age: 18m+

RRP: £19.99

The Playmobil 123 Pirate Ship is a great toy for developing toddlers as the bright colours and rounded shapes will help stimulate the imagination and promote creativity.  The 123 Pirate Ship can float on water and will not sink even when it’s filled.

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Available from: The Entertainer

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What the testers said “Pirates are always firm favourites as other themes come and go.  Well-made as Playmobil always is”

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