Kids toys don't get more traditional than a bucket and spade set, which is perfect for spending hours shovelling sand and building sandcastles.
We have long been fans of Dantoy, a company which makes a wide range of eco-friendly children's toys, and their bucket and spade set is certain to be loved by any child who enjoys playing outdoors.
The Dantoy play set comes with an eco-friendly bioplastic bucket, spade, rake and watering can, all of which are made with sugarcane, making them totally non toxic. So, they are both safe and cute, which is a bonus!
Given we live in London, beaches are hard to come by, so we took our play set to the sandpit of our local playground to give it a test run. My three-year-old loved carrying around the bucket and filling it and emptying it, time and time again. Sometimes it really is the simplest things in life that really do give us the greatest pleasure.
We've rounded up our favourite Christmas gifts for the little people in your life. Enjoy!
BEAUTIFUL CHILDREN'S BOOKS
Paolo, Emperor of Rome by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Claire Keane
This book follows Paolo, a daring dachshund who goes on a whirlwind tour of Rome in search of freedom.
Feeling confined in his master's hair salon, he escapes and sets off on an adventure, exploring all of the joys of Rome. From the food to the art and opera, this tale brings to life all that is wonderful about Rome, while helping ignite wanderlust in even the youngest of readers.
Paolo, Emperor of Rome by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Claire Keane, is published by Abrams Books for Young Readers. Available from WH Smith for £10.65.
The Tower Bridge Cat and the Baby Whale by Tee Dobinson, illustrated by Steve Cox
In this cute, beautifully illustrated children's book, Bella the Bridge Master's Cat is on her latest adventure to save a baby whale that is stuck under Tower Bridge! Bella enlists the help of her friends including the Bridge Master, Stan the Stoker, Hannah the Cook (inspired by Hannah Griggs, a real-life cook at Tower Bridge in the 1910s), before Maya the Flyer helps Bella come up with a brilliantly daring plan to lead the whale to safety.
Full of wonderful illustrations from Steve Cox and an exciting “tail” of peril and heroism by Tee Dobinson, this book in the Tower Bridge Cat series is ideal for primary school children, or as a bedtime story for younger children.
Available from the Tower Bridge online shop, for £6.99, or for those lucky enough to live locally, you can pick up a copy at the Tower Bridge Gift Shop (once the shop reopens post lockdown).
UNIQUE AND IMAGINATIVE CHILDREN'S HOME DECOR GIFTS
NASA lava lamp
This rocket shaped NASA Retro Galaxy Lamp is the perfect gift for space-enthusiasts. The mesmerising lava is certain to keep kids entertained for hours as they relax and dream about far away galaxies.
NASA Retro Galaxy Lamp is available from ThumbsUp.com for £34.99.
Doodle World Map Pillowcase
Children will love this beautifully illustrated world map pillow case (in 100% cotton), which comes with a pack of washable fabric pens, so they can colour in as they discover. A great gift to encourage a lifelong love of geography.
Available from Standfords.co.uk for £14.99.
Transport inspired beds to take them to the land of nod ...
All aboard this traditional London bus! This striking bright red bus, will make children feel as though they're on the bustling roads of London. Available from Robert Dyas for £339.99 (currently on sale for Black Friday).
Surf's up with this cool Campervan Bunk Bed that's certain to transport your child to the beach. Featuring a surfboard style ladder and a steering wheel, children will have hours of fun playing in this realistic campervan. Available from Robert Dyas for £499.99.
GIFTS FOR INSPIRING MAKE BELIEVE
This fabric playhouse from JoJo Maman Bebe is perfect as a reading tent or playing house. Available from JoJo Maman Bebe for £59.50.
GIFTS FOR ENCOURAGING OUTDOOR PLAY
The Plum Deimos Metal Dome is a vibrant climbing that looks great in any garden. Designed with children in mind, it allows them to user their balance and reach the top. The geometric frame is ideal for developing motor skills and encouraging active play.
The Plum Play Deimos Dome is available from PlumPlay.co.uk £139.99.
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