Welcome to the Bambino Goodies Christmas Gift Guide 2011! Here are our selections for children aged four to five. With school either on the horizon or already a daily reality four and five year olds are expressing their learning and exploration in their play.
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I’m Toys Space Pinball Game is a fab alternative to electronic games whilst developing timing and judgement. Â£44 Funky Moose.
The Lego Sort & Store Head is one of the most exciting storage solutions we have ever seen. Well and truly on the list for my children it will take the pain out of clearing up the Lego collection. Â£39.95 from John Lewis.
You get both an imaginary play toy and a first calculator with this Shak-Shuka from Shak-Skuka â‚¬29.95. I love finding fun ways to bring simple maths into play and shopkeeping is a classic way to do this.
Vilac Large Chefs Kitchen from VUP Baby Â£99.95. Vilac always pack their play kitchens full of extras and this is no exception. It not only has a variety of work areas and storage but comes with utensils and food.
This is a brilliant wooden alternative to technical building sets. The Imaginative Brio Builder SystemÂ gives endless possibilities for creating machines and vehicles. Little Scout Â£30.
Opera House Play Theatre is fabulously theatrical small world. The sets and characters can be turned into anything you can imagine.Â Toyella Â£36.98.
Djeco Geocreative Wooden Magnetic Set from Peanut & Pip Â£25.99. My daughter could play with this for hours. The magnetic shapes are fascinating to her from recreating the suggested pictures to making her own she is enraptured.
This unusual gameÂ from Sisters Guild will help develop counting skills as well as teaching your child how to use chopsticks! gg* Mame Ohagki Set Â£35.
Having played with a lot of small world houses over the years and I love the Melissa & Doug Folding Medieval Castle. It can be used as the backdrop for battles, courtly scenes or what ever else you can imagine. I love the way it folds out and the dungeon is brilliant.Â Amazon Â£55.35 with Wooden Castle Figures Â£13.79 (Personal tip: always order very early with Amazon at Christmas time)