Soft toys don’t always have to be cute. How about a cuddly common cold? Or a plush penicillin? Or even a fluffy fat cell? Yup, these are all genuine toys available from Giant Microbes. And they are strangely adorable. I discovered them at a Brighton Science Week event where they were being used to explain and describe illnesses and medicines to children. There are lots of different types (some less savoury than others!) – my faves are the amoebas (above), neurons and MRSA with his superbug cape, all from £7.95. I also love the Petri Dish gift sets of multiple bugs or critters, £9.95.