Awesome Toys for Kids – Our Best Picks for Christmas 2018

Have the kids presented you with an elbow length list of Christmas wishes? Here’s our scoop on the best kids pressies to smuggle under the tree this year!

From the coolest of stationery gadgets to interactive light up toys, we’ve got it all in our top picks for the kids this Christmas.

Come count them down with us.

1. Ravensburger GraviTrax Starter Set

The all new STEM track system from Ravensburger, the GraviTrax Starter Set ($77.95) is bound to be loved by kids who love to tinker in problem solving, science, cause and effect – all the things that get the brain cogs moving!

Kids can stretch their imaginations to build superb tracks and set the Gravity Spheres rolling! This STEM system is an ideal one to teach kids about gravity, magnetism, kinetic energy and fun.

Get busy using the tasks and blueprints included in the kit to help kids get started in the world of Gravitrax, before moving on to track design freestyling! The starter set comes with over 100 components and offers everything you need to get started right away – a pack full of possibilities and creativity!

Gravitrax STEM toys

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2. Shapeeze Activity Kits

Excellent for the holidays, you can keep kids entertained while keeping fingers and minds busy too with Shapeeze Activity Kits!

Shapeeze Activity Kits are scissor-free (yay no accidental hair cuts!)  and designed to help 3 to 7-year-olds build up their fine motor and foundation skills, all through a whole lot of fun and colourful craft and play.

Creating beautiful artwork along the way, kids can press-out, paste and colour-in to their heart’s content with Shapeeze activities. Each activity kit is especially created to suit your child’s age bracket (3-6 years and 4-7 years).

Shapeeze craft kits

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3. Lil’ Gleemerz

Mattel has just released its latest innovation, Lil’ Gleemerz ($39.99). This one’s tipped to be this year’s hottest ‘must-have’ toy and is highly likely to also be the cutest!

Round eyed and fluffy tailed, Lil’ Gleemerz is sure to be your kids’ newest friend. An interactive toy, each critter has more than 100 reactions to give back including LOTS of glowing. Lil’ Gleemerz are ADORABLE and ready to dominate this Christmas – just you wait and see!

Lil’ Gleemerz are available from Big W and Myer.

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4. Micador JR. E.S.C.A.P.E Table

Let us present to you the Easel. Storage. Case. Art. Play. Everywhere – the E.S.C.A.P.E Table!

A multifunctional stationery hub, the Micador JR. E.S.C.A.P.E Table ($60) is sure to make any art loving child grin from ear to ear. Slip paper, blackboard or whiteboard under the clips and use it as an easel. Lift the lid to find a large storage area. Slot the pencil cases in and store all your art materials inside. Take your easy to carry art case in the car, on a play date – everywhere! You can even pop the legs out to turn into a table. So handy!

The E.S.C.A.P.E Table contains everything children need to get busy. The set includes the table/ case, 2 pencil cases, 6 chalks, 8 pencils, 4 whiteboard markers, 12 water colours, brush, water container, whiteboard, blackboard, duster, 10 sheets of paper, 6 sticker sheets and 10 activity sheets.

Micador ESCAPE table

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5. Pokémon Power Action Pikachu

Calling all Pokémon enthusiasts! Now you can interact with Pikachu like never before!

The Pokémon Power Action Pikachu ($59) features amazing Action Sensor Technology. Kids can squeeze Pikachu’s hands to interact with him, shake for Power Action or throw to a friend and just watch him light up!

With this technology, Pikachu really speaks with more than 15 different responses to your squeezing, tossing and tumbling. Complete with movement sensors, Power Action Pikachu has a light up tail and cheeks all while remaining super duper cuddly and ready to snuggle.

Pokemon Power Action Pikachu is available from Big W, Kmart, Myer and independent retailers.

Pokémon Power Action Pikachu toy

6. Moonlite Fairy Tales Gift Set

Making the snuggly bedtime story reading ritual all the more special is Moonlite – a cute, easy to use device that turns your smartphone into a gorgeous storybook projector!

Moonlite clips onto your own smartphone and uses the phone flashlight to project vibrant storybook illustrations onto any surface. The free Moonlite companion app contains all of the words to the stories to help you read along while interjecting with sound effects and projecting the storybook images for an interactive and epic story experience.

With the Moonlite Fairy Tales Gift Set ($59.99), kids will get to experience classic tales like Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, Goldilocks And The Three Bears, The Ugly Duckling, Sago Mini on Vacation, in a whole new way! Packaged just like a storybook, Moonlite slides right onto your bookshelf, and comes with five delightful stories. Ignite a love of reading and develop your little kid’s big imagination with Moonlite!

Moonlite Fairy Tales gift set

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7. Thomas and Friends Big Loader Set

After a 15 year hiatus, our favourite TOMY Thomas & Friends Big Loader Set ($49) is back on Australian shelves!

A brilliant gift to kick off a Thomas the Tank Engine collection, it’s full steam ahead with this magnificent play set. Little ones will have a blast as they go on an adventure with the Thomas & Friends Big Loader Sodor Island Delivery Set by TOMY. Let young imaginations run wild as they get busy transporting the coal around this HUGE 2.4 metre set with Thomas. Percy and Thomas in tow. Toot toot, all aboard!

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8. Magicube Free Building

Build ’em up, build ’em up, build ’em higher! Magicube Free Building frees creativity for endless imaginative play.

Available in sets from eight cubes ($26.95) up to 64 coloured cubes ($149.95), the new Magicube range lets children be true play experts as the toy takes shape with their imagination. Through playing with the individual magnetic cubes, Magicube Free Building sets allow kids to develop their first manual skills, no matter how young.

Kids will love building with these awesome magnetised cubes, taking their building and engineering skills to a whole new level as they get creative building in 3D – better yet, the creations don’t topple over easily!

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9. PJ Masks Hard Shell Case

Just the ticket for storing toys, spare clothes, sleepovers or for when visiting Nanna, the PJ Masks Hard Shell Case ($49.99) stores all of it and more!

A superb, durable and FUN SIZE case for kids, the hand luggage dimensions makes it easy for kids to roll around themselves . It’s perfect for family vacations, weekend getaways or rainy day fun at home. Plus, with a fun PJ Masks print on front, featuring Owlette, Catboy and Gekko, every little fan will be ready for the holidays!

PJ Masks suitcase

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10. Dyson V10 Toy Vacuum Cleaner

This little ripper of a Dyson V10 Toy Vacuum Cleaner is set to be a hit with the kids as they set about copying mum and dad tidying up!

The Dyson cord-free toy replica is specially designed so it’s true to life. It has working suction that can pick up light debris and there’s even a debris compartment to empty it all out. That’s right, they can suck up paper off-cuts themselves! The simulated cyclone action has moving colourful balls in a clear cylinder, so it looks and sounds like Dyson cord-free vacuums for grown-ups. A brilliant gift for kids who love to clean – or those who need a bit of encouragement!

The Dyson V10 Toy Vacuum Cleaner is a toy that money can’t buy! The only way to get one of these suckers is to buy a full size, real-deal Dyson V10 Vacuum Cleaner ($999 with bonus toy model).

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Got a toddler to buy for? Make sure to check out our Christmas gift guide for tots.

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South Australian mum and self proclaimed foodie, Lexi can most days be found in the kitchen, apron tied firm and armed with a whisk or wooden spoon!

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