Toddler tantrums are what nightmares are made of and I’ve had my fair share of embarrassed looks and red-faced exits from toy shops when thinking I would treat my son to a shopping expedition.
However, we were treated to a relatively calm expedition recently when I took our kids to choose their own Christmas stocking fillers. My son is mildly obsessed with construction vehicles and fire trucks. Ok, maybe that’s an understatement. He is beyond CRAZY about police cars, firetrucks and anything with wheels. Typical boy, I suppose. So, the incredible kiddie versions of all these vehicles from Bruder (and available from Toy Kingdom) did the trick of taming the toddler momentarily. Note to self, any lessons on patience and waiting to exit the shop before ripping off the wrapping need to be enforced next time. But, since I was doing the shopping expedition with a wriggly, curious baby strapped to my person and a toddler and pram in either hand and other shopping in my imaginary third hand, I decided to not fight “that” battle then. You have to choose your fights wisely with little people, particularly when you are outnumbered 2 to 1 😉
I found the most curious looking being called Furby at Toy Kingdom and decided to investigate how well this would do as a play companion for our boy and his cousins. Firstly, I went to my usual trusted toy reviewer, Ryan, who has millions of YouTube subscribers and is not even 10 years old- about 8 billion views across his videos and 5.5 million subscribers! He seemed to love Furby as much as my boy. Furby is recommended for kids 6 and over, but as a parent, you can use your discretion of course 😉 It is one of the top selling gifts this Christmas and after “test-driving” it myself as an adult, I can even understand the obsession. I must be honest, if I had to go through the process of preparing a child for a real pet, this would be a great starting point. Furby is as close to a “human” like baby in the sense that it almost develops a personality over the time you get to “know” each other, It comes with an app that you can download onto your tablet and interact in this way too. It speaks it’s own little cute language, giggles when you tickle it and makes a fun companion for road-trips as it manages to keep a number of kids at the same time. It retails at just under R2000, so it’s not cheap. but I’d say it makes a great gift to a group of children too.
Needless to say, my little girl who is just over 8 months old tried to constantly eat it (Furby eats too – just try popping something into it’s mouth – toooooo cute!), but luckily my boy managed to wrestle it away from her and entertain her from a safe distance – safe for the little pink, furry creature 😉
So, if you are stuck with all the amazing choices this festive season, choose from the Festive Season gift guide in store or get a Toy Kingdom gift card. I think half the fun is in choosing yourself, so gift cards are a lovely idea always.
We’d like to share with you this festive season too and are giving away a R1000 gift voucher from Toy Kingom too! Please share below what you’d like to get your or any child for Christmas as a comment 🙂
Lots of love and light,
MoMo AKA JoJo