Are you in need of some Christmas stocking inspiration? If so, we’re here to help!
We’ve compiled a list of hands-on toys and engaging games that will fit perfectly into your child’s stocking this year. From creative play to outdoor exploration, there’s something for all ages and interests- all costing £10 or less!
Get a grip on fine motor skills!
Perfect for sensory trays, water tables and sandpits, this unique set includes four different fine motor tools. Little ones can strengthen their hand muscles, essential for the pencil grip, whilst having fun picking up objects and transferring materials!
Colourful, magnetic puzzles for early maths practice! Simple to use, early learners can complete these puzzles independently. Reinforcing number recognition and early counting skills, the colourful imagery will keep them engaged as they piece together the puzzle and create the vehicles.
Also available: Magnetic Counting Garden Puzzles
Squishy, squashy, sensory play! Playfoam® is a tactile sculpting material that is loved by children of all ages! Designed for maximum fun, but with parents in mind, it is mess free: it won’t stick to carpet, hair, clothing or furniture. Unlike most sculpting materials, Playfoam doesn’t dry out – ever – so it can be used again and again! Perfect for igniting imaginations, it is available to buy in fun themed sets including; Dino Pals, Fairytale Friends, Undersea Adventures and Vroom & Zoom.
See it in action!
Prices start at £4 (4 pack)
This simple game can be played by 2-4 players and is a fun and engaging way to identify the beginning consonant or vowel in words. Players name the letter in the section of the spinner where the arrow stops before checking their game card for matches. The first player to cover three spaces in a row with the star markers wins.
Specially sized with children in mind these great value glasses guarantee colour-mixing fun! Includes a pair of chunky primary science glasses and eight lenses- two each of red, yellow, blue and distortion (to see like an insect). Lenses are easily interchangeable and the glasses can hold two colours per eye for fun colour mixing activities.
Encourage children to get closer to nature!
This handy-sized Bug Viewer is perfect for on-the-go exploration. Children collect specimens and observe them in the plastic jar. The lid features air-holes and measuring grid and magnifies findings to make them appear up to three times bigger!
An addictive game of colour matching that the whole family will enjoy! Players develop critical thinking skills as they match as many colours as possible when placing their game tiles. Each player begins with six cards and the player with the most points at the end wins!
Make numeracy fun with Figuro®, the self-checking, maths card games!
Fun for all of the family, sets are available to help support division, addition, subtraction and multiplication skills. The game can be played with two or more players and the unique self checking system means children can immediately reinforce their learning.
Prices start at £8
Do you know a little banker?
This money bank game is bursting with realistic play money and short, simple activities to promote coin recognition and early financial awareness. It also helps children to read written monetary values as they read aloud the price of items. The compact size makes it great to take on trips or play in the car!
Explore on the land or in the water with these multi-tooled pens, perfect for avid explorers! Young learners can even explore in the dark with the Light pen that features an LED light, 3x magnifying glass, built-in ruler, and pocket clip. A great introduction to scientific exploration that can be used on the go whilst camping, hiking or exploring!
Did you know…?
The largest Christmas stocking measured 51 m 35 cm in length and 21 m 63 cm in width (heel to toe) and was produced by the volunteer emergency services organisation Pubblica Assistenza Carrara e Sezioni in Carrara, Tuscany, Italy, on 5 January 2011. Fulfilling the guideline that the stocking had tobe filled with presents, the volunteers filled the stocking with balloons containing sweets inside.