Budge up unicorns; make room for the narwhals! Judging by what we saw at the Toy Fair 2019, this spiral-horned whale, often called “the unicorn of the sea”, is the new inspiration for toy makers worldwide. From soft toys to collectibles, from board games to sticker books, the narwhal
Here’s our pick of the best narwhal toys for all ages:
What they are: The latest Fingerling in town, with all the usual finger-attaching, touch/motion-reacting charm of its monkey, elephant, dino and tiger predecessors. Plus, these ones have a special ‘mood horn’ that lights in different colours to show how they’re feeling. Choose from Nelly (purple), Rachal (pink), Nori (blue/grey) and Nikki (blue). Batteries included.
Why we like them: They blink their eyes and flap their tails ever so cutely – and we love how they’ll give you ‘magical kisses’ when you hold them to your cheek: the longer you hold them there, the bigger and louder the kisses are.
Available at: Smyths Toys
Age: From birth
What it is: A stripey, glittery 15cm plush toy narwhal. Also comes in bigger 22cm and 24cm versions. Hand-wash only.
Why we like it: It’s soft and cuddly, and lovely quality – and we love the super-sparkly rainbow colours.
Available at: Amazon, Accessorise and A1 Toys
What it is: A super-soft 22cm soft Pusheen – the dress-up-loving cartoon cat who has a zillion Facebook fan pages and sticker sets. Obviously, in this incarnation, she’s dressed up as a narwhal…
Why we like it: Oh, how SOFT is this cuddly narwhal! We love her cheeky expression, her super-tactile whisker and spots – and, clearly, a cat narwhal is a rarity to treasure…
Available at: Amazon, Claire’s and Freemans
Age: From birth
What it is: A handmade 15 cm narwhal-shaped soft baby rattle with a smiley face. Machine-washable.
Why we like it: The crochet makes this rattle nice and knobbly for little fingers to explore – and it’s good to know that buying this guarantees a fair price for the rural Bangladeshi women who make them.
Available at: Little Mouse, Best Years, Eden Project
What it is: A 15cm x 11cm x 10cm floating narwhal, with 6 pink foam hoops (2 small, 2 medium, 2 large): the bath-time challenge is to see if you can land the hoops on the narwhal’s horn.
Why we like it: We always love a good bath toy, and here’s one with added narwhal! Nice to see the different sized hoops, too: older children can properly test their hoopla skills with the smaller ones but younger ones can still have a decent go with the bigger ones.
Available at: Urban Gifts and Amazon
What it is: A take-it-in-turns jeopardy game. First, you place the narwhal on top of the bowl of noodles, then you use the chopsticks to try to remove a noodle – without letting the narwhal to fall into the bowl. If the narwhal falls on your turn, you’re out, and the winner is the last player left.
Why we like it: It’s a (pretty) cheap and (definitely) cheerful way to have some family fun. And it’s the kind of game where little fingers often have the edge over adult ones – which will please the owners of little fingers mightily!
Available at: Amazon, Red Castle Toys and Toys Mega Store
What it is: A 32-page activity book including colouring, drawing tips, dot-to-dots, jokes, stories, facts – and over 100 narwhal-themed stickers.
Why we like it: This is a really well-put-together activity book, crammed with puzzles, mazes, word searches and code breakers, as well as the usual sticker and drawing activities. We really like the narwhal facts, too. Would keep a 5-year-old busy for a good long time…
Available at: Wordery and Amazon
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