Learning/developmental toy

If you want to make sure your tot is getting more than entertainment from a toy, that’s fine by us. Here’s what our mums rated…

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  • Toys to help your tot's key skills

    Learning and development doesn’t have to mean dull and dreary! There are some really bright, fun toys out there that help motor skills and speech, as well as social skills like sharing.

  • Finalist: Leapfrog Tag Reading System

    Learning to read is a real challenge for every mum and little one and Leapfrog aims to bridge the learning gap with its Tag system. Easy to hold ‘readers’ bring text alive with voices and books include favourites such as Paddington. £44.99

  • Finalist: Usborne Wind-Up Plane Book

    Usborne is known for its accessible children’s books and this is no exception – the chunky little plane follows a set course across the hard cardboard pages covered with an airport scene. £16.99

  • Finalist: The Children’s Project BabyShapes

    This set of four small black and white books and mobile are based on research into infant vision that babies love monochrome. They encourage not only visual activity but communication and motor skills as babies stare at the patterns and reach out for the mobile. £12.99

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  • Finalist: Vivid Timmy Time Nursery Playset

    Playing with Timmy the well-meaning lamb and his friends in this practical playset will help your child learn sharing and role play skills. The set folds away to a neat case for storage and comes with plenty of accessories. £29.99

  • Finalist: Tiny Love Gymini Lights and Music

    Soft and colourful with plenty to grab onto above her and things to see beneath her the Gymini will keep your little one amused from lying on her back to crawling stages. £49.99

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  • Bronze Award: Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Book

    The sturdy pages are easy to turn, animals make noises along the way finishing up with a song for you to sing – and as she learns, your baby to babble along with you. £9.99

  • Silver Award: ELC Stacking Cups

    An old favourite in funky modern colours. Babies and toddlers will love these stacking cups. They seem very simple but encourage your tot to balance them, work out size order and to grasp different sizes. £6

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  • Gold Award: Lego Duplo Feeding Zoo

    Hardwearing, timeless and entertaining, Lego Duplo provides lots of fun for toddlers who love to build. The extras in this zoo are really creative, including food for the animals and ‘water’ bricks. £39.15