Christmas 2017: Best Creative Toys for Kids

We've rounded up the best new toys on the market for Christmas 2017 for a whole world of creative play from producing a play to building STEM toys and using digital technology.

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Lego Boost

You can build and code any of the five models from the new Lego Boost toy which combines creativity with advanced technology. Download an app to follow step-by-step instructions to build the Guitar 4000 - a musical instrument which you can learn to play or  Frankie the Cat—an interactive pet that plays, purrs and expresses its mood! Lego Boost, Build, Code, Play £149 harrods.com

Lego Boost Build Code Play

Play in a Box

Play in a Box is a fantastic idea from the National Theatre. The box contains everything young playwrights, actors and directors will need to put on a show including 30 character cards, 8 setting cards, plot twist and stage craft book. Programme and tickets provided. Age 6+ £12.99.  shop.nationaltheatre.org.uk 

Play in a box

Happy Kitchen

Younger children will love to cook up a storm in this gorgeous bijoux kitchen. Cooking Christmas dinner will be easy as your kitchen has everything you'll need - oven, hob, sink, shelves and cupboards. Brand new this year by French toy maker, Janod, Happy Day Big Cooker at £94.95 from woodentoyshop.co.uk

Happy Cooker Janod

Glowing House Kit

For children interested in science this kit allows children to explore electricity circuits. The water-based paint conducts electricity so that children can draw a circuit, attach LEDs and batteries to make the house light up from inside. Bare Conductive Glowing House Kit, soda.shop £16.50

Bare conductive glowing house kit

Stickbot Zanimation

You can make your own animations with this clever toy which includes fully poseable StikBots, tripod, stage and two prop boxes. All you have to do is download the mobile app, pose your StikBots, take photos and put them together to make an animated film. Choose a variety of backgrounds, sound effects and music. StikBot Zanimation Studio age 5+ £17.75 amazon.co.uk

Stikbot Zanimation

Bunchbots Bunchems

Hours of creative fun can be had  making all sorts of creatures with this Bunchems Bunchbot kit. Bunchems are squishy little 3D balls which stick together to make anything. Just put them in the BunchBot layer by layer, push down and as if by magic your creation will appear. Add accessories then pull apart to resue them to make something else . Bunchems BunchBot age 6+ £29.99 very.co.uk

Bunchbots Bunchems

Dolls House

Playing with a dolls house is fantastic for imaginary and creative pleay. We think the Djeco Mini Modernist Colour House must have been architect designed with it’s contemporary look. Dolls and accessories sold separately. Dimensions 36.5 x40 x 40cm age 4+ £59.99 tickety-boo.co.uk

Djeco Modernist dolls house

Makedo

New to the UK this year, Makedo kits are totally ingenious and allow little imaginations to go wild. Choose anything you want to recycle from cardboard boxes etc and use the toolkit to construct anything you want. A space rocket, a palace or a shark. The world is your oyster. Makedo Toolkit 030 £11.99 www.mrwolf.uk.com

Makedo ToolkitMakedo shark

Street Food Van

If you're looking for something a little different from a play kitchen then this Festival Food Van might just be it. Children will love to take your order from the hatch Street, cook the food and even wash up afterwards! There's even a blackboard sign at one end for the menu. Contains cooker with knobs, sink with taps and lots of storage and is easy to move with castors at one end. Festival Food Van age 3+ £160 gltc.co.uk

Street Food Van

Wireless Singing Machine

The new Rocket Wireless Singing Machine is bound to fly out of the shops this Christmas. The microphone will connect via Bluetooth to virtually any smart device, and will amplify your voice, has echo control and plays your music through the inbuilt speaker. Great fun for family gatherings. £29.99 smythstoys.com

Rocket wireless singing machine

 

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