9 of the best interactive toys for children

From dinosaurs to pet dogs, and unicorn to more dinosaurs, we find the best interactive toys for children aged 3 to 10

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Even though Toy Story isn’t real (unfortunately!), technology has allowed for toys to come to life, right in front of your child’s eyes. Our child testers put a huge range of interactive toys through their responsive paces and selected the best ones for play potential and value for money…

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Here’s our pick of the best interactive toys for kids, as tested by children…

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1.  Vtech Myla the Magical Make-Up Unicorn, £49.99

GOLD winner, Best Interactive Toy, 2018 MadeForMums Toy Awards

Age: 5+

What it is: A velvety-coated electronic unicorn who comes with her own (pretend) make-up palette and magic make-up brush: point the brush at the palette to choose a colour and then ‘paint’ the colour onto Myla’s wings, eyes and horn. Myla also moves her head, blinks, lights up, play games, sings and, if you touch her back, she’ll tell you your lucky colour for the day. Comes with 5 mane-styling accessories. Requires 4 AA and 2 AAA batteries.

Why we love it: Myla’s magical make-up brush is enchantingly clever (and blessedly mess-free) – but what makes this unicorn special is how much else she can do besides. Our testers particularly loved her the sing-with-me function.

What our child testers made of it:

  • ‘We love Myla. She is cute, fun, magical and has a lovely voice! Olivia even has her in bed: they sing together just before she falls asleep. And make-up without the mess: that’s a plus for parents!’ Laurie, mum to Olivia, 6
  • ‘This toy has so much to do: great value! Layla loves singing with Myla and talking to her whilst applying the magic make-up. I think Layla wishes she was a unicorn…’ Sophie, mum to Layla, 5

Available from: Argos and Amazon


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2. Soggy Doggy’s Friends, £14.99

SILVER winner, Best Interactive Toy, 2018 MadeForMums Toy Awards

Age: 4+

What it is: A 16cm pup you can take for a walk on its (detachable) lead, and who barks, make happy sounds when you cuddle him, and snores when he’s asleep. Choose from Dizzy (pictured) or Daisy (who’s pink), Requires 3 AAA batteries.

Why we love it: This pup has lovely shaggy, rubbery coat that jiggles brilliantly when he trot along to heel. All our testers thought he was very cute.

What our child testers made of it:

  • ‘Millie’s loving taking her dog for a walk, petting it, pretending to wash and feed it. And her little sister loves it , too. It’s kept them both amused for hours – for £15, I think it’s great!’ Natalie, mum to Millie, 5
  • ‘Lily loves this toy and is always playing with her doggy.’ Simone, mum to Lily, 4

Available from: Smyths Toys and Amazon


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3. Robo Alive Dinosaur, £15

BRONZE winner, Best Interactive Toy, 2018 MadeForMums Toy Awards

Age: 3+

What it is: A 30cm walking, roaring T-Rex that has realistic movements and actions – including biting! Choose from Jungle Green or Wild Amber (pictured) colours. Requires 2 AAA batteries.

Why we love it: It’s not as all-singing-and-dancing as some interactive toys but it’s also a lot kinder on your wallet. It roars and walks thrillingly well, and the biting action was a particular hit with our testers.

What our child testers made of it:

  • ‘This is great toy for a wide age range. Declan loves that it glows in the dark and was thrilled to discover that it will “bite” objects if you put them close enough – but it doesn’t hurt. Definitely worth the money!’ Caroline, mum to Declan, 5

Available from: Argos and Amazon


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4. Untamed Raptor by Fingerlings, £16.99

BRONZE winner, Best Interactive Toy, 2018 MadeForMums Toy Awards

Age: 5+

What it is: A prehistoric update on the bestselling Fingerlings toy (see no 9 in our list), this little dinosaur clings to your finger and reacts to noises, movement and your touch with over 40 different sounds and animations. Choose from 4 different colours. Also available as a T-Rex.

Why we love it: What a clever twist on the classic Fingerling! While the original monkey is pastel and cute, this little pet is feisty and fun– but just as charming and responsive to your touch.

What our child testers made of it:

  • ‘Bobby’s had hours of fun and laughter at all of the funny little noises his dinosaur makes. Hee took it to school to show his friends – who now all want one, too. We would rate this 10/10! ’ Lydia, mum to Bobby, 5

Available from: Smyths ToysArgos and Amazon

5. Little Live Pets Snuggles My Dream Kitten, £44.99

Age: 4+

What it is: A super fluffy animated cat that moves, feels and responds when patted on the back or tickled under the chin. Featuring 20 kitten sounds and 6 different play modes. Comes with a feeding bowl and pretty collar. Requires 4 AAA batteries.

Why we love it: We really like how this puss twirls her tale when stroked – and our child testers really enjoyed making her purrs, too.

Available from: John Lewis and Smyths Toys


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6. Baby Alive Potty Dance Baby Doll, £49.99

Age: 3+

What it is: A poseable 40cm doll that blinks, drinks from its bottle, does a ‘potty’ dance when you hold her hand and sings while she wees. She can also say 50 phrases in both English or Spanish. Comes with comb, soap dispenser, bottle, reward chart and stickers, removable outfit and big-girl pants. Choose from different skin tones and hair colours. Batteries included. 

Why we love it: She’s such fun – and you get a lot of great accessories for your money. We also really rate the switch that lets you choose for the doll to call you Mummy or Daddy – so boys can get fully included in the potty-training action, too. Won an Editor’s Choice award – mainly for its tip-top sense of humour.

Available from: Argos, John Lewis, Amazon and Smyths Toys


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7. Lightseekers, £22.99

Age: 7+

What it is: A range of collectable 17cm smart action figures that can be played with in a traditional way or synced up via a FusionCore mini-computer to a (free) app, allowing them to speak, vibrate, light up and – appear in the games on the app. Each toy comes with a weapon, augmented-reality trading cards and a rechargeable battery

Why we love it: Our child testers had no trouble getting their figures to appear in the app game, were thrilled to see it happen – and excited about what new 2-way features their game play would unlock. Won Gold in our 2017 Toy Awards.

Available from: Amazon


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8. Wow! Stuff Flying Minions, £25

Age: 8+

What it is: A range of 3 characters from Despicable Me with propellers, that fly directed by an infrared  sensor in the feet. Your child uses their hands and feet to guide them. Includes an on/off handset, rechargeable battery and cable. Takes 20 minutes to charge and offers 8 minutes play time.

Why we love it: These little flying marvels are just such a good laugh! And the way you can control them with your hand is super-cool. The flying Fluffy Unicorn is ours, all ours…

Available from: Smyths and Amazon


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9. Fingerlings Baby Monkeys, £15 

Age: 6+

What it is: The original interactive monkey toy that clings to your finger (or similar object) and has 2 sensors on its head to trigger noises and actions. You can get them to talk, blink and sing, and rock them to sleep. There are lots of different colours to choose from. 

Why we love it: Last year’s must-have toy is still a big hit with small people. And we still really like its little monkey sounds and the cute way it turns its head. 

Available from: The Entertainer and Amazon

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