Llamas are having a bit of a moment – and toy aisles everywhere are bursting with entertaining variations on a shaggy, long-coated theme. From soft, huggable llamas to cheeky llama collectibles to sew-your-own craft-kit llamas, this South American camelid has never been so popular – or so much fun to play with.
Here’s our pick of the best llama toys for all ages:
Age: 12 months+
What it is: At 35cm tall, this good-sized, huggable llama has long, silky, super-soft fur, foldy ears and squidgy hooves. Hand-wash only.
Why we like it: Would you look at his adorable, multi-pastel coat! We also like how his hooves are weighted, so he can stand on sit on his little frizzy bottom.
Available at: Jellycat, Selfridges and Fleurtations
Age: 3 to 6
What it is: A mini sized (15cm x 2cm x 14 cm) matching game for 2 to 4 players, who race to match cards illustrated with llamas to their (very individual) pyjamas.
Why we like it: Like most Orchard Toys games, it’s a joy to play, and the pieces are sturdy enough to withstand a heavy schedule repeat plays. This one’s a really good size to pop in your bag if you’re travelling away from home.
Available at: Orchard Games, Amazon and Boots
What it is: A colourful child-sized (30cm x 12cm x 27cm) backpack with an insulated (and wipe-clean) interior, front zip pocket and a mesh side bottle holder.
Why we like it: It’s a sturdy little backpack with plenty of space inside (though note that it’s not quite tall enough for an A4-sized exercise book). But it’s the cute, fluffy hair on top that makes it properly special.
Available at: John Lewis, JoJo Maman Bebe and Kidly
Age: From birth
What it is: A 25cm x 20cm x 7.5cm soft llama with a dapper bow tie, a chime in its body, hooves that clack together and a squeaker in his neck. Comes with a clip for attaching to a pushchair or car seat.
Why we like it: Leandro has so many colourful textures – smooth, furry, knitted, satiny – for little fingers to explore, and we think his facial expression is super-friendly.
Available at: John Lewis and Amazon
What it is: A DIY felt craft kit in a jar that contains pretty much all you need (felt, key chain/badge pin, needle, thread, stuffing and instructions) to make a 8cm x 5cm felt llama. The only thing not included is a pair of scissors and possibly a few pins.
Why we like it: This is a lovely little llama project for an older primary-school-age child (with a little adult supervision). And the instructions are particularly good – with photographs at each stage.
Available at: John Lewis and Not On The High Street
What it is: A collection of 12 little llamas (6cm x 16cm x 14 cm), each with its own distinct look and style, suitably llama-isa name (Drama Llama, Bahama Llama), moving eyes and either a winking, spitting. grinning or tongue-poking-out feature. They come in a blind bag, so you won’t know who you’ve got till you open it.
Why we like it: We love the names and the silly outfits – and the tongue-poking-out feature is awesome. A fun, good-quality collectible.
Available at: Amazon
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