Best Robot Toys 2021

Best Robot Toys

Robots are an exciting toy that children have been interested in throughout the years, but as technology has moved on robots are now becoming part of our everyday lives; think self-checkout at the supermarket, robot vacuums in the home, or even the robots used in production lines producing things like car parts. As we move into the future it’s likely that robots are going to do more and more; self-driving cars are already being explored and as this industry booms more workers will be needed, so building the skills needed to work in this sector is a smart move.

Children are innately attracted to robots perhaps because they seem to cross a boundary between animate and inanimate, they are not human and yet they are strangely recognizable and sometimes even seem friendly. As such many children dream of having a robot friend, or at least a robot servant to do their chores and homework for them! But playing with robots has many more developmental benefits than simply getting jobs done or having fun. Playing with robots can help to increase children’s skills with using technology, build coding or programming skills and increase understanding of cause and effect. Here we’ve listed some of the best robot toys for 2021 by age group and highlighted what to look out for when buying for each age group too.

Best Dinosaur Toys 2021

Vanplay Take Apart Dinosaur Toy with Electric Drill

Dinosaurs have fascinated adults and children alike for many years. They’re a really popular interest for children whose imaginations are captured by the idea of these giant, prehistoric reptiles and many children enjoy learning the names of dinosaurs and absorbing a wealth of knowledge about the creatures size, eating habits and habitats.

Some parents worry that an interest in dinosaurs leads to violent or aggressive play but it is the exciting, powerful nature of dinosaurs which often appeals to children and imaginative play, even when it seems aggressive is a safe space for children to experiment with different kinds of feelings and emotions. In this regard dinosaur play can be very helpful, and it has tons of other benefits too! In learning about dinosaurs children learn to follow their own independent interests, research skills, often listening or reading, memorizing facts and then using them in play. As well as all of this, children are introduced to ideas about classification, mathematical measurement and often hone their speech and language skills practicing all those complex names! In short, dinosaurs are a great interest for children as this interest has so many different learning opportunities.

Best Watches for Kids in 2021

Best Kids Watches

For some kids getting a watch is a rite of passage and certainly learning to tell the time is a significant milestone in a child’s development, but when is it right to buy a child’s first watch? It used to be that many parents were worried about the safety of watches with glass faces, but now many watches are specifically designed to be robust enough to stand up to the rough and tumble of a kid’s lifestyle. Then there was the idea of usefulness; is it useful for a kid to have a watch before they can tell the time independently? Thinking on this has changed somewhat and most people now consider having a watch a good encouragement to learn telling the time, and of course, digital watches are also an option.

Best Breast Pumps 2021

Best Breast Pumps

If you’re currently breastfeeding, or pregnant and planning to breastfeed then a breast pump is a useful gadget to have. Some baby lists will characterize a pump as a “must-have” accessory for all nursing mums, but this isn’t actually the case. It is perfectly possible, and okay to breastfeed a baby and never make use of a pump. However, there are circumstances in which having a pump makes life significantly easier or even saves your breastfeeding journey.

30 Gift Ideas for 17-Year-Old Boys in 2021

Hasbro DropMix Music Gaming System

At age 17, boys are still growing and changing physically but they’re about to start the last stage of adolescence and are getting ready to move into adulthood. Age 17 is a crossroads for boys; whilst they might be thinking about their future and goals, this may also be something that they are putting off.

Adult support continues to be important throughout this year even though 17-year-old boys seem incredibly independent! This growing independence also means 17-year-olds tend to spend more time alone or with peers, so it might be difficult to know what to buy him as a gift. We’ve put together this guide of the best gift ideas for 17-year-old boys to help you choose a gift that he will love, want, need and use.

Best Toys and Gift Ideas for 6-Year-Old Boys 2021

Hudora Nest Swing

6-year-old boys can be a mass of contradictions; on the one hand they start to go to parties, play dates and school events by themselves, and on the other hand they crave the security and comfort of home and parents. It is a time of change.

Whilst many 6-year-old boys will develop some kind of hobby or interest indoors, such as board games, video games, or construction activities, they also still have tonnes of energy and will crave and need time outdoors. As school steps up and becomes more classroom-based this time outdoors becomes even more important. Around this age lots of parents seek to involve their child in sports to keep them physically active and healthy.

If you’re looking for a gift for a 6-year-old boy there are plenty of options based on indoor and outdoor interests. We’ve put together a list that incorporates a variety of these ideas so that you can find the perfect gift for a 6-year-old boy that will also benefit his development.

Best Toys and Gift Ideas for 9-Year-Old Girls 2021

Apollo LED Roller Skates

At age nine, buying gifts for young girls gets a bit more challenging as they are a bit too old to be considered a child, but a bit too young to be a teenager. In order to make your gift-giving a little bit easier, I’ve rounded up 30 gifts my kids either own and love or are asking for in 2021.

In many ways 9-year-olds still need the support, comfort and structure that they had from their families as children but they are also becoming much more independent and able to carry out a wide range of activities without so much adult support. When you are buying a gift for a 9-year-old this new-found independence means that an even wider range of options are available as they are able to have a go at more complex tasks. This list has been put together to support you in choosing a gift for a 9-year-old girl with plenty of varied ideas.

30 Gift Ideas for 17-Year-Old Girls in 2021

Instax Square SQ1 Instant Camera

At age 17 a girl is right on the precipice of adulthood and whilst many 17-year-old girls are excited about their future, others are actually pretty scared about entering the adult world and all that entails. This is an age where friends and family can be quiet, steadying influences whilst the world seems all in flux.

Best Toys and Gift Ideas for 14-Year-Old Girls 2021

Foreo Luna 2 Facial Brush

Age 14 is an important age and stage of development for many girls; many 14-year-olds start becoming more responsible and adult-like, whilst others may begin to rebel and get mixed up with the wrong crowd. Both are normal, but it’s an important time for adults in a child’s life to ensure they’re encouraging healthy development. Even though many 14-year-old girls appear to want to argue with adults about everything, and seem to be very independent, deep down they crave the stability that adults offer to their lives and are very appreciative of gifts given by important adults in their lives.

We’ve put together a list of gift suggestions for 14-year-old girls which should suit a wide range of interests and personalities.

Best Toys and Gift Ideas for 11-Year-Old Girls 2021

Spa Luxetique Spa Gift Set

By age 11 girls are swiftly moving away from childhood and towards the tumultuous teenage years, and you may already be seeing that struggle for independence, so with their new desire for maturity it can be difficult to know what to buy for an 11-year-old girl.

This is an age where girls are beginning to want to be part of the adult world, and no longer want gifts which are obviously toys, though their playful side and desire for fun often remains. This all makes gift buying pretty tricky! So, we’ve put together a list of gifts that should appeal to both the playful side and the newfound maturity of 11-year-old girls.