Welcome to the BG Christmas Gift Guide 2011. Here is our selection of goodies for children aged three to four. Older toddlers still love pretend play, so small world toys and role playing sets are extremely popular, as are simple board games, puzzles and, of course, the ubiquitous mini micro scooter – how else does one get around?
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Do put your daughter (or son) on the stage (sort of) with this cheery compact wooden puppet theatre. A lovely update of a classic toy. Â£40,Â Millhouse at Home.
I think Kidsonroof is one of my favourite children’s toy companies – their cardboard push-out models are genius. The newest, The Book of Animals: Lion, has 11 animals and 15 scenes to construct.Â Â£24.50, Molly Meg.
Little so frustrating as discovering you don’t have a kite on a fresh, windy spring day. Ensure that doesn’t happen with this arty one by Noted.Â Â£10.50, TwentyTwentyOne.
Our friends across the channel sure do know how to produce a stylish toy. I’m coveting an adult-sized version of Moulin Roty’s chic stainless steel picnic set.Â Â£59,Â Couverture.
Board games are always a winner with this age group, particularly those of a lotto persuasion. Orchard Toys‘ games always deliver and the super-colourful Monster Bingo,Â Â£9.25, is no exception.
Dominoes are also a good bet. How cool are the illustrations of circus characters on this set from Londji? AboutÂ Â£17.50, Little Home.
I’ve got two nieces to buy for and I’ve got my eye on Djeco’s gorgeous vet case which includes everything you need (bandages, ointment, plasters, thermometer, needle, medical charts) to make all those bunnies and teddies well again.Â Â£26.95, Bird Kids.
Oh, Sisters Guild, you really are spoiling us with your lovely goodies. This landscape set from Kiko+,Â Â£27, is so darn gorgeous – it comprises two magnetic blackboards, trees, mountains, houses and traffic lights for your little one to navigate the car around.
The colourful cardboard slot-together pieces of Mudpuppy’s Constructibles Painter’s Palette construction set remind me of Playplax. No wonder I love them.Â Â£10.99, VUP Baby.
Over the years, Lula Sapphire have excelled themselves with that killer kitchen. This year, it’s their wooden pretend play kitchen by Janod which is deliciously contemporary with retro hints, appeals to both sexes, and comes with utensils plus a pot, pan and oven glove for Â£80. If your tot is more apples and pears, behold the fabulous portable wooden market stall in the same design which comes with eighteen fruits and vegetables, a wooden crate, slates, and chalk for Â£75.
No gift guide for three-year-olds would be complete without a mini micro scooter,Â Â£59.95. Loving this season’s limited-edition neon versions, particularly in orange. Check out the site for loads of cool stocking filler accessories (wheel whizzers, anyone?) too.