Even the most football-phobic among us can’t have failed to notice the World Cup is going on at the moment. If you’re allergic to nylon strips and would rather the only paninis in your house were bread-based, but need to satisfy a little one’s obsession, then we’ve got the answer. Here are three cool toys celebrating the beautiful game.
Wooden game gurus Les Jouets Libres have come up with the fantastic limited-edition Roule Ta Bille table football game, featuring two players, pitch definers and three marbles, packaged in a cotton bag for easy transportation. Choose from England, Brazil, Spain, France and Italy, Â£17.99 each from Eeeny Meeny Kids, or opt for one of two boxes of four teams, Â£44, Bobo Kids.
We love Lottie dolls, who have a range of aspirational careers. To accompany the Girls United accessory set, the website has a cool Lottie paper doll printable so children cut out and can dress Lottie in the 32 strips of the teams competing in the World Cup.
Ah, good old Playmobil. Their carry cases are a wonder for trips out and this footy one, Â£9.99, is great fun. Pull back the players’ legs to kick the ball into the holes in the goal. Alfie’s grandma bought this for him and we add other figures (who knew pirates were so good at football?) to make for a better game.