The top 5 best value toys we have bought EVER!!

As I have four children and a love of buying stuff I have bought a lot of toys over the years.  In fact our playroom looks much like a playgroup or nursery as there are just so many toys.  If you are starting to prepare for Christmas or birthdays then you need to know that not all toys are made equal!  There are some that my kids were desperado to have which actually never got played with and then others that cost me a small fortune, but have been played with almost everyday.  Some toys cost a few pounds and have lasted for years and still others were the biggest waste of money so which are the best value toys?  Well here are our top 5 best value toys we have bough EVER!!

Best value toys

This post contains affiliate links, but everything I am writing about I have actually bought and my kids have used!

Aquaplay Canal System

I have mentioned this one a few times now as I literally think it is the most amazing toy.  They have come down in price considerable since I first bought one, but even at the price I paid it is one of the best value toys we have ever bought as it lasted for 7 years and it lives outside. 

It is versatile as they grow up as my younger children still use to play with water, pump the water and just the boats about, but my older children bring down their pirate ships and playmobil characters and we have full blown battles and imaginative games unfolding all based around the canal system.  It has been the Nile, a water way to a desert island and a dinosaur world and that was just this summer!


I love these toys they are so sturdy and practical.  Even my ruffians can’t damage them…  I love that they are easy to transport and that they spark the children’s imagination.  I especially love the histories range as that has given rise to lots of conversations about the Romans and the Egyptians and so has helped them to learn.  My boys and girls all love a bit of playmobil and we have a vast collection at this stage.

They even do advent calendars which we have just ordered


Despite the fact that Lego gets everywhere and bloody hurts if you stand on it, it is on my best value toys list as it gets played with endlessly in this house.  Lego is expensive, but I find that if you get the creator ones where there is more than one thing to make or the classic boxes  where there are loads of different things that they can make out of each set.  Also the fact that they sit quietly and concentrate on the building for seemingly hours makes it a great time for me too!!  As with other toys on this list they can also play really imaginatively with their Lego.  My boys create their own worlds and then there is always a battle of some sort between the characters. 


The girls are bit young for Lego yet, but they like making towers oh and they love destroying what their brothers have made


Tomy Toomies Hide and Squeak Eggs

These are so popular in my house they couldn’t not be included.   It is only a little toy that costs no more than £10, but they are the gift that keeps on giving. Originally they were used as shape sorters when the kids were babies, then, as a toddler, one of my sons decided he liked surprise eggs and then anything to do with eggs so he was obsessed with these.  Now that the boys and girls are older these eggs are used as part of their play food for the play kitchen and are regularly.  I would also recommend a play kitchen if you have the space….  Ours is a kitchen and a restaurant apparently.


We only discovered these this summer, but they have become a firm favourite both with the kids and with me.  They love them as they just love to make stuff whether following a pattern or just from their own imagination.  I love them as they keep them so engaged and for the littler ones are fab for their coordination and motor skills.  They are also just easy for them to use and I cannot see how they could break them.  The thing I love best is that they take up so little room that we can take loads on holiday with us or even take some to keep the kids occupied if we are out for a meal.  We have wheels and bits to make a ferris wheels so the possibilities are truly endless and as the kids grow the things that make can become more complex so there is real longevity here.  It isn’t just something you buy for say a 2 year old and by the time they are 3 its in the bin.  There are so many fab sets of these that I could go mad buying them all.  I should say that we were also recently sent two sets of these by Magnaformers, but originally I bought sets for the kids which is why they are still included in this list of best value toys. 

If you have any other toys that you would like to recommend that I take a look at I would love to hear them so please do comment.  I also have a rather fab discount code for What2buyforkids . You can get a 10% discount on items bought from their site (please note this is an affiliate scheme so I will receive a small financial incentive should you use the discount code, but it costs you nothing in fact you get a discount!).  All you need to do to get your discount is enter NAVIBAB218 at the check out.

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21 thoughts on “The top 5 best value toys we have bought EVER!!

  1. You just can't go wrong with lego!!!I'd forgotton about those cute little eggs though , also having 4 children I have spent so many hours playing with those eggs!! I think our best toy would be a wooden train track that was added too with each child until it almost needed a room of it's own for storage #dreamteam
    1. I love and hate the eggs in equal measure as I find them everywhere!! thanks for joining the #DreamTeam this week
  2. these are great ideas. I'm a fan of legos and Maganatiles myself! Tis the season for fun toys! I also love minimalist toys for kids. Here is a list of my favorite! #dreamteam
    1. thanks for joining the #DreamTeam this week
  3. Huge Lego Fans here although as I Had just one battered biscuit tin of Lego handed down from my brothers, it amazes me what my children have had over the years. Good and bad in different ways. Nice to find out about some new toys via your blog post #DreamTeam
    1. The kids also have mine and my sisters lego from the 80s! thanks for joining the #DreamTeam this week
  4. Thanks for the great suggestions! Laurie recently posted...Not Like a Tame LionMy Profile
    1. Thank you for joining in with the #DreamTeam
  5. Great to see that all the toys you had such good experience with our toys to fuel children's imagination, often simple ones that were already around when I was a kid (which is somewhat reassuring, phew) :)
    1. The oldies are the best! They also play with my fisher price doctors set from the 1980s and they love it! Thanks for joining in with the #DreamTeam
  6. I got my boys a kitchen last year they loved. They love lego now mind but if they saw the aqua toy they would despeately want that. Fab choices for christmas presents for kids X #dreamteam
    1. My boys are getting a bit big for the kitchen now, but they still do love a good game of restaurants! The aqua toy is definitely a firm favourite here. I think I might even like it more than the kids ;) Thanks for joining in with the #DreamTeam
  7. Great selection of toys. Been actually thinking about getting those magnaformers too. #DreamTeam This Scribbler Mum recently posted...A Look Back At My Christmas Gift Ideas From Last YearMy Profile
    1. They really are great. Hours of fun! Thanks for joining in with the #DreamTeam
  8. Some great ideas here for when it comes time for dexter's birthday! i always think he's got enough stuff- clearly not- there's always more!! #DreamTeam
    1. There certainly is and most of it seems to be in our playroom!! Thanks for joining in with the #DreamTeam
  9. You can never go wrong with lego - Great toy ideas for kids #dreamteam
    1. Except when you stand on it ;) Thanks for joining in with the #DreamTeam
  10. Legos - no matter the size of the block, the kids always love them. I still love them as an adult! #DreamTeam
    1. I did like Lego until it took over my house! #DreamTeam
  11. Ooh, good to hear that the Magformers are good, as wehave just bought some for christmas. our top toys are DEFINITELY LEGO AND THE IKEA KITCHEN

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