- Games, Toys, and Hobbies
Bestselling Toys 2012
Every Christmas there are the top toys that children want under that tree. Because of the television commercials and the stores stocking up on children's Christmas toys early, even before the big day you will see these toys being sold everywhere.Here you will find the ultimate guide to buying Christmas gifts this Christmas,with all the best selling toys.Whether you are interested in Baby's toys,Toddlers toys,Boys or girls toys,toys for teenagers you can get it all here in a very orgainised manner.You can simply on whatever catergory interests you in the tabke of contents below or the pictures below that to go exactly to that part of the article.Furthermore this list will be updated regularly right through to Christmas.
Family Board Games
Qwirkle Board Game
For Age 6 years and up
Requires between 2-4 players
This is a strategy game that consists of 108 wooden blocks and has won the Parents choice golden award. Each of the tiles has an illustration on the back that is a one of eight shapes; a circle, eight-point star, four-point star, square, clover or diamond. Each of the symbols appears in six different colors; red, yellow orange green blue and purple and eight colors. Players attempt to score the most points by building lines that share the same shape or color
It is simple to set up and can be played anywhere as you only need a pencil and paper to keep track of scores.
Easy to play and because it is based on colors so even people who cannot read can play. Young children will not find the rules hard to learn
It can be played in different levels and adapted so that it is more challenging for adults and for younger children it can be made simpler by not keeping track of score
A game can be played in 45 minutes this is just enough time to keep everyone interested without being too long
Rory Story Cube
Recommended Age;8 years and up
This game is based on such a simple idea but will provide entertainment for children of all ages. It is a pocket sized creative story generator. There are nine cubes/dice with a different image on each side that you roll and have to create a unique story using all the nine images
You roll the dice and create a story based on the images that roll up.
The game can be played in as little as 15 minutes
It can be taken anywhere
The dice is structured in such a way that even younger children can roll it properly.
It can be played in so many various ways and places including as a party game, ice breaker
It improves literary development, listening skills and encourages self-expression. It is a great way of encouraging shy people to come out of their shell on a non-threatening and comfortable way
There are various ways to play the game and make it more challenging by adding time limits. Other ways to make it more challenging has been provided by the manufacturer
Fans of the game have posted stories on www.storycubes.com based on the game that can give more ideas on how to get the most fun out of this game
Reinforces artistic expression
Angry Birds Knock On Wood GAme
Recommended Age from 5 to 9 years to above
Requires 2 to 4 players
This is based on the bestselling phone app game angry birds. Many children have become obsession with this app game. Instead of your children spending so much time on your/their phone playing a game this is a good alternative as they get to interact with others.
To put it simply, the game is a battle between angry birds and pigs that try to steal their eggs. The aim of the game is to try to advance to the next level by launching the angry birds at the pigs' wooden castle to destroy them.
The game features 3 angry, green pigs and one slingshot-style launcher, structure pieces and mission cards
Blokus Classics game
Age 5 yrs. and up
This game is made of bright colors and simple rules so that even young children can enjoy but adults will find it challenging enough so as not to get bored.
It has also received a Mensa award for promoting healthy brain activity
The Settlers of Catan
Recommended from between 10 to 14 years and above
3 or 4 players
It is an easy to learn game for the whole family. Players have to collect resources and use these to build roads, settlements and cities as they progress to victory
The game comes with a color rules book that explains how to play it
It is interesting enough to keep players interested and entertained for up to 90 minutes
There are expansion sets that can be bought separately so that more people can play the game and also to explore more aspect of the game
Bestselling Children's Books
It is never too early to introduce children to the culture of reading.And there is such a wide range of topics and subjects to choose form.It is so good to see how much thought is put into developing books for children.Whether they are educative or just a fun read achild can never go away from reading a book without learning something
Below are the best selling books at the moment for a different age groups
The Elf on the Shelf
his blue eyed north pole pixie elf is a tradition that the whole family can enjoy.The hardback book that comes with the elf explains the elf reports back to santa each night about what he has seen that day.It also contains the "rules".Each night the parents put the elf in a new spot in the house.And every day children will enjoy finding out where in the house the elf has "positioned " itself for the day
Lamaze Cloth Book Peek A Boo Forest
This book is comes from Lamaze which is well known for developmental books especially for children
This 5 page book will help baby learn about animals in the forest. Some of the baby friendly features about it include the fact that it is a soft book therefore will not be uncomfortable for your baby to have it against their body at all
Each page is made of beautiful colors to hold the attention of baby
The texture of the book is inviting and pages make a crinkle sound that seems to appeal to many babies
Vtech Rhyme and Discover Book
This elctric book is recommended for babies from 6 months to 3 years.It has an automatic shutoff to preserve batteries.
The book comes with a wide range of features to make keep the attention of the baby for a long time.
It includes 7 well known nursery rhymes
A music note button
3 light up character buttons on the tabs of the pages
4 movable pieces
Bestselling Dolls - Doc Mcstuffins Interactive Talking Doll
It is recommended for children between 36 months and 6 years
Is based on the a popular animation series about a six year girl called Dottie McStuffins who can fix toys with the help of her friends stuffy,Hallie Lambie and Chilly
This is not only cute but is also plush
Leapfrog is a company well known for making amazing children's toys and this one does not dissappoint.This is a handheld gaming consloe that is also a tablet.Tablets are big this year not just for adults but children as well.And the best have to have the best specifications.
This is the second generation of this tablet.There have definately been changes made on the original version though.
This tablet is recommended for ages from 3 to 9.There is a more girly version that comes in pink too.
Tablet with 4gb memory and 2 built in cameras,5 free apps including a pad writing app,cartoon creativity app,art studio app,learning songs app and one other free app that you can download325 game cartridges,usb cable,a stylus to use tablet with
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The Cloud b twilight Constellation night light is a beautiful night light that is great for children that are afraid of the dark.When it is turned on,the shell will illuminate and display one of the 8 major constellations on the wall and ceiling.It has 3 colours:blue,green and amber
It has a 45 minutes timer that can be switched on by pushing a button.
Cloud b is a company that was formed by 2 mothers.They have other great toys for children
The pretty doctor has equally cute friends that help her with her diagonosis.
Recommeded Age 36 months to 6 years
This will capture the imagination of young children.It is based on the popular Jake and The Neverland Pirates show .It is every young pirate's dream and comes with features that will keep them entertained for hours on end.
This toy comes with;
A pirate ship,
Jake and scully(a parrot) figures,
Tic toc croc,
3 water ball projectiles
The ship has 3 push buttons which all have different functions.The first one will activiate the cannon,the second brings out Tic Toc Croc and the third one will activate sound effects,the theme song to the series and phrases by Jake.
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