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 bought (Well it was 5, but then I thought of another one so you get a bonus)
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 had last Christmas and the kids just loved.
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.
These are another of those toys that seem to keep on giving. My kids started playing with these from the time they were around 12 months old and my 8 year old still loves them. We have even taken them on holiday as they tend to come in a bag so are perfect for transporting on road trips or to grandparent’s houses.
My almost 4 year olds are obsessed with them at the moment and love just building towers or using them to make anything from crocodiles to people (they have good imaginations). They also use them for making colour patterns so lots of learning going on here too. They are robust and we have had our one large set for 7 years. You can’t go wrong with that kind of value!
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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