Pre-school toy 18 months to 4 years

Our mums recommend these as some of the best toys on the market for children from 18 months onwards

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  • Now the fun really starts!

    Whether your tot is adventurous and on the move or still a quieter individual, there’s so many toys to make the day go with a smile. Here’s what our mums said about our entrants…

  • Finalist: Leapfrog Tag Junior Book Pal

    Reading becomes fun when words are repeated out loud through Tag’s easy to hold learning to read device. £29.99

  • Finalist: Flair Leisure Products Peppa Pig Mini Doodle Fun

    The ‘chalk’ on the side of Peppa Pig’s board draws onto a special magnetic board which can be erased and used over and over again. A simple, cute way to encourage writing skills. £5.99

  • Finalist: Tomy Magical Melody Maker

    Pick one of the five musical instrument characters from the side of the game and place it in the middle to start the orchestra playing. Tunes in the game change as you add more instruments. Fuels their musical side! £29.99

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  • Finalist: Orchard Toys Doodlebugs

    A simple take on an adult card game, the doodlebugs are animal themed cards which you take turns to match up (they’re placed face down). A good rainy afternoon game for early team game learning. £7

  • Finalist: Mookie Smart Trike Deluxe

    The Smart Trike is almost space age with its chunky wheels and high up seat – but that’s fab for little ones and the sturdiness is reassuring for mums. £96.99

  • Finalist: VTech Animal Fun Bounce and Ride Giraffe

    Take a trip on safari without leaving the house and build on your little one’s co-ordination skills too as he balances and rocks. A sturdy, fun, bright sit on toy. £49.99

  • Bronze Award: John Crane Blue First Bike

    Bikes without pedals are a fantastic starting point for little ones who can’t manage to balance yet – especially when they come in such funky colours like John Crane’s First Bike. You might have to jog to keep up as your tot will get the hang of this toy very quickly! £48

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  • Silver Award: RC2 Learning Curve Thomas Wooden Railway Rheneas and the Dinosaur Bones set

    Combining two of your little one’s favourites – Thomas and dinosaurs, this set will keep them amused for hours and will last even longer. It’ll also add to any sets you’ve already got, making it a worthwhile investment if you’ve got a train-mad tot. £60

  • Gold Award: Fisher-Price Little People Racin’ Ramps Garage

    Bold, chunky and colourful, this garage will remind you of when you were little. It’ll provide hours of entertainment as toddlers love racing the cars up and down the ramps. It’s really sturdy, too, and great for playdates. £29.99