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.

Best Kids Scooters 2021

Best Kids Scooters

Children and teens need plenty of time outdoors to benefit from sunlight and fresh air. Sunlight helps the human body to produce Vitamin D which we need for strong, healthy bones and spending time outdoors also helps to increase the amount of serotonin, the happy hormone, that the body produces leading to an overall sense of wellbeing. In addition to this hormonal response, scooters are a great way to keep children active and sneak in some all-important exercise. With benefits to cardiovascular health and helping to tone muscles, scooters are an ideal all-round exercise for small children right through to teens. Maintaining balance requires good core strength and spatial awareness, which in turn are important for supporting writing.

As well as being great exercise, scooters are a useful mode of transportation for kids that are too big or old for a stroller but still tend to dawdle. Children are ready to ride a scooter when they are walking with a steady gait, so some of the scooters we’ve listed are suitable for children just starting out with scooters whilst others are designed for older children or even teens. With a range of different features available, different types of scooters will be suitable for different children depending on their age, skill and what they want to use it for. We’ve brought together some of the best to help you choose the right scooter.

Best RC Cars for Kids 2021

Vatos High Speed Off-Road RC Car

Remote control toys might seem like just a bit of childhood fun but they are actually a great developmental toy too! Playing with remote-controlled toys, children begin to gain an understanding of and interest in technology. At its most basic, children learn about cause and effect as they learn that pressing buttons makes the toy do different things and then begin to differentiate which button does what and become more skilled in their controls.

Remote-controlled toys also help to develop hand-eye coordination and spatial awareness, as they learn to manoeuvre the toys around different obstacles using a combination of different buttons, wheels or joysticks. With plenty of different types of toys and vehicles available, for a range of age groups and ability levels, there really is a remote-controlled toy for everyone! We’ve brought together some of the best in this list.

Best Dollhouses 2021

KidKraft Majestic Mansion Wooden Dolls House

A dollhouse is a toy that never gets old, their appeal seems to last through the ages. As well as making a lovely addition to a kid’s bedroom or playroom, dollhouses offer a whole host of developmental opportunities. The opportunity for creativity and imaginative role-play is the primary benefit of dollhouses.

Imaginative play with small figures gives children the opportunity to create and experiment with a range of different social situations and scenarios. This gives them a safe place to test out different concepts and responses and make sense of the social world. However, there are now so many different kinds of dollhouses on the market that it can be difficult to select the right one, with such an array of features available. Here are 11 of the best.