Most Popular Christmas Toys For 2008

Top 12 Gifts For Christmas 2008

“It has been a challenging year for all businesses, but as a retailer I am delighted to see innovation continuing to come through. Even in an economic downturn, children still need exciting, good value toys to entertain and inspire their creativity.”

The toys predicted to dominate children’s Christmas lists this year are set to ignite dreams of stage and screen fame, says the Toy Retailers Association (TRA) today. The TRA’s annual ‘Dream Toys’ list, the only official prediction of Christmas bestsellers, reveals a trend towards music, film and TV inspired toys to indulge fame fantasies from the next generation of rockstars and screen heroes. Plenty of old favourites also make a comeback this year, reflecting the nation’s love for nostalgic characters and brands.

Girls Top 12 Toys For Christmas 2008

Music takes the Girls category by storm this year, with the Bratz(TM) Girls Really Rock Dolls (MGA Entertainment Ltd), High School Musical Sing Together Dolls and the film-inspired Camp Rock Gift Pack (both Mattel) making it onto the wish lists of aspiring rock stars. Another musical hit is sure to be Mattel’s Barbie Princess Liana Singing Doll, which sings songs from the Barbie and the Diamond Castle movie. Younger girls will love Zapf Creation®’s CHOU CHOU My First Tooth, while animal lovers will be delighted to unwrap Vivid Imaginations’ I Love Ponies Honey My Baby Pony, or FurReal Biscuit My Loving Pup (Hasbro), Sylvanian Families Old Hollow Oak Treehouse (Flair Leisure Products), or the hottest or fittest VIPs from Hasbro’s Littlest Pet Shop range on Christmas day.

Boys Top 12 Toys For Christmas 2008

The Boys section this year is inspired by TV and film, with nearly all of the selection featuring characters from our screens. Rev up Christmas for little petrolheads with Mattel’s film-inspired Cars Walkin’ Talkin McQueen, or the Air Hogs® Zero Gravity(TM) Micro (Spinmaster) Radio Controlled Vehicle. Figurine lovers won’t be disappointed, with the Gormiti Island of Gorm Playset (Flair Leisure Products) and WWE RAW Arena Playset (Vivid Imaginations) both on the top 12 list.

This year’s hit animation Wall.E has also made its mark, with Vivid Imaginations’ Wall.E Transforming Robot a newcomer to the list, while established favourites are represented with the Power Rangers Overdrive Tracker (Bandai), Transformers Animated Roll Out Command Optimus Prime, Indiana Jones Hat & Whip Set and the Clone Wars AT-TE Vehicle and Star Wars Clone Trooper Voice Changer(all Hasbro).

Pre-school Top 12 Toys For Christmas 2008

Younger children will be kept busy this Christmas with plenty of interactive toys in the Pre-School category. Budding engineers will have their pick of the Bob The Builder Interactive Construction Site (Born to Play), Take Along Thomas Morgan’s Mine Electronic Playset (RC2), or the Roary the Racing Car Silver Hatch Workshop Playset (Vivid Imaginations).

Start work for the green generation with Playmobil’s Recycling Truck. Imaginative little ones can blast off with the Peppa Pig’s Spaceship (Character Options), go back in time with the Playskool Kota The Triceratops (Hasbro), laugh themselves silly with the Mr Tickle Stretch & Giggle or Elmo Live! (both Mattel), or get lost in a good story with the LEAPFROG Tag Reading System. The Teletubbies also make a comeback this year, with Tomy’s Dance With Me Teletubby set to be a huge hit, and keen photographers will be snapping away at the Christmas action with their KidiZoom Multimedia Digital Cameras (VTech).

Top 12 Games For Christmas 2008

Christmas Games sessions are likely to feature some of our favourites this year. Family favourites get a new twist, with top 12 appearances from a reinvented Cluedo ¸ Monopoly Here & Now: The World Edition (both Hasbro), 20Q Hand Held, Scrabble 60th Anniversary Edition (both Mattel) and the Rubik’s Cube Game (Drumond Park).

For something more energetic, families can battle it out on the Bop It Extreme 2 (Hasbro), the Kids Are All Right Electronic Game (Vivid Imaginations) or the brand new visual hide-and-seek game Pictureka! (Hasbro). When the adults tire, kids will have their own fun with the Disney Princess Magic Mirror Game (Jumbo), High School Musical 2 DVD Game (Mattel), Tomy’s hilarious new gallery-style shooting game Quack-Shot, or the In The Night Garden Play Path (Hasbro).

Techzone Top 12 Toys For Christmas 2008

The TechZone category, covering the most exciting tech-toys and gadgets for kids, is full of clever must-haves this year. Vivid Imaginations’ iTeddy is the perfect first media-player for kids, Bladestar (Character Options) is a revolutionary flying machine, and Meccano’s WiFi Spykee The Spy Robot works as a mobile CCTV camera.

Gadget girls will love the Hannah Montana My Secret Pillow (Character Options), the IM-ME messaging device, and the My Meebas (both Mattel); little musicians will be desperate to unwrap the new Guitar RockStar (Tomy); and pet lovers will be checking under their tree for virtual pet Woogies (Mattel) or for Pleo (Vivid Imaginations), the baby Camarasaurus that develops emotionally when showed love and affection.

Creative Top 12 Toys For Christmas 2008

The Creative top 12 will be keeping minds and hands busy well into the New Year with a range of imaginative play sets. This Christmas, kids can make their own chocolate coins with the Golden Coin Maker (John Adams), build creative structures with the Magnext 360° Case (Megabrands), and the Bindeez 3D Super Studio (Character Options), or create kooky aliens with the Martian Matter Alien Maker (Hasbro).

Budding artists will love the Rainbow AquaDraw (Tomy), Crayola Creations Illumination Station (Vivid Imaginations) and the Etch A Sketch (Flair Leisure Products); and imaginations will be ignited with the Puzzle Extra Assorted (Jumbo) and the Moon Sand Adventure Island (Spinmaster). Film-inspired sets are also set to be popular, with the High School Musical puzzleball (Ravensburger) and LEGO Star Wars V19 Torrent (Lego) both likely to be on the wishlist for creative kids.

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Camping With Kids – 4 Fun Outdoor Toys to Keep Your Kids Happy During Your Camping Holiday

It can be hard to get our kids away from their adored computer games, play station and TV programs and fill them with enthusiasm about a camping trip without all these things. If you feel your kids won’t easily adapt to campground life and won’t know how to play in pure nature, try taking some outdoor toys along to keep them busy.

Here are 4 fun outdoor toys that help your child to play active in the camp:

  • Balls
  • Water toys
  • Throwing games
  • Play tents

Fun outdoor toys #1: Balls

All kinds of toys that involve balls are usually great fun. Throwing and catching balls helps your kids to improve their coordination, and ball games are very good for playing together. Think of getting outdoor toys like a basketball set, a soccer ball, or simply some colourful balls in various sizes, maybe with pictures of your child’s favourite TV program or video game.

Fun outdoor toys #2: Water toys

Can you remember how much fun it was to chase each other with a water gun? Your kids will enjoy this kind of toys, too. You can also take a big packet of balloons with and fill these with water to make water bombs. Let your kids have a water battle with these. A blow-up pool with different water toys also works well.

Fun outdoor toys #3: Throwing games

One of the biggest attractions at summer festivals is throwing boards. Get a colourful board to set up, or make one with your kids’ favourite theme. They can practice their throwing skills by throwing little balls or beanbags into the wholes of the board. These toys are great for “competitions”. If you don’t want to take a heavy board, try a dart board, or Gigatent’s TossIt which is a light net construction with pop-up design.

Fun outdoor toys #4: Play tents

You can surprise your little one with a simple kids dome tent that can be both a place to play and sleep in. Or you can get an outdoor play tent in your child’s favourite theme, e.g. a castle or airplane. If they are easy to set up, you can just fold them up in the evening and take them into your tent for the night. Alternately, you can go for a miniature tent that your child can use to play stories with his action figures or other little toy heroes.

Outdoor toys can do a great job to keep your kids busy and entertained during your camping holiday. This will work even better if they are new, since new things have a tendency of fascinating kids.

What Are Some Good Toys For My Labrador Retriever?

One of our favorite activities is playtime! Labrador Retrievers are very playful and energetic by nature, since we love any activity involving toys. The best toys for us are toys that are interesting, while providing a stimulating interactive experience. Some toys are designed for human-and-dog playtime, while other toys are specifically designed to keep us entertained while being left alone. Each dog is different, and may have different preferences for the type and texture of their favorite toy. Toys are also very useful for preventing destructive behavior, since this can be a result of boredom or feeling neglected.

Choosing A Safe Toy

Though many of the toys on the market today are specifically designed with your dog’s safety in mind, it’s very important to still use caution when shopping for a dog toy. If you have a particularly strong or energetic toy, smaller or less durable toys may become broken, creating dangerous ingestible pieces. Avoid any toys that are made of a potentially breakable material, as well as toys that may rip or tear into pieces. When buying cloth toys, be sure that they are made with non-toxic materials and dyes. Plastic dog toys may still contain potentially harmful toxic materials, depending on the dog toy company’s safety standards. The best thing to do is thoroughly research dog toy brands, and only purchase from trusted companies. Playtime needs to involve safety cautions as well, and you want to ensure that your dog will be able to play without any potential hazards.

Comfort Toys

Comfort toys are usually designed specifically for indoor playtime. These types of toys are usually made of a cloth-like or nylon material, sometimes being stuffed with stuffing or other materials. These are your Labrador’s toys for shaking and carrying around the house. Most Labradors have an instinctual desire to carry or shake stuffed toys, which is a result of their hunting instinct. These types of toys are not as durable as outdoor active toys, since they are designed for indoors. A comfort toy is also usually the best toy to place near your dog’s sleeping area to help them feel more at home.

Active Toys

This type of toy is designed for high-energy, energetic outdoor playtime. This type of toy is great for dog-to-human interactive playtime. These toys can be use for fetching, tug-of-war, or keep-away games. Active toys are designed to be extremely durable, very resistant to breaking or being damaged outdoors. Ideally, an active toy should last quite a long time. Try to choose active outdoor toys that are made of durable rubber, or materials that can be left outdoors without being damaged by temperature and weather.

Edible Toys

Edible chews are also called “Distraction toys” since they are usually designed to keep your Labrador Retriever busy without direct interaction. These chews are ideal for times when you have to leave your dog alone for a period of time, since they can reduce instances of separation anxiety. A good distraction toy can also help prevent the destructive behavior that some dogs will display when left alone.

Many edible dog chews are available at pet supply stores. Depending on how long you want the toy to last, there are many different materials to choose from. Small rawhide and meal-based chews are able to be consumed within a short amount of time, while bones, large rawhide toys, or other large edible chews will be able to occupy your dog’s attention for a significant period of time. If you wish to use an edible dog chews as a treat, it’s best to use an easily consumable toy that will offer instant gratification.

Sometimes, you can create an edible dog yourself! The easiest way to use this is to use one of the durable “beehive-shaped” rubber dog toys that are popular at pet supply stores. These toys are made of high-density rubber, and won’t shred or break. Most of these chews usually have a hole that goes through the center of the toy, which you can fill with meat paste, peanut butter, or another edible material. Your dog will spend a significant amount of time trying to lick the edible substance, which may keep them entertained for hours! As with all edible chews, this can make a mess, so is best enjoyed outdoors.