Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Be Sure ita[euro][TM]s Built Tough

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Be Sure ita[euro][TM]s Built Tough

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Byline: Vani Naidoo

BOYS in general are fairly easy to buy presents for, with the usual stereotypes of something noisy; something with wheels or toys involving computer graphics holding sway. Perhaps the most important thing when choosing toys for boys, apart from items that suit their likes, is something well made that will stand the test of rough handling.

0-2 years

Babies and toddlers of both sexes need toys that provide stimulation a to help the development process. In Australia brands like Fisher-Price, LeapFrog and VTech have a large share of the market and are often popular and thoughtful choices. Children in this age group do well with toys with buttons and lights and accompanying music, rhymes or counting songs. Kmart has an impressive range of Little People toys and figurines (starting at $10), which are perfect for little hands and growing imaginations. Their Disney baby sing along choo choo ($39) will pique the interest and remain relevant as your baby grows. Mr Toys Toyworld has the LeapFrog Touch Magic Learning Bus ($29.99) which introduces the little ones to the alphabet and letter sounds while Big W is advertising the Apptivity Monkey that uses apps downloaded on to your iPhone at $48.

2-5 years

This is such a fun age group because they are curious and adventurous but still a tiny bit cautious. Thomas and Friends are always a hit with little boys loving the trains and accessories as well as the associated DVDs and merchandise. Myer has their range including the Take and Play Great Quarry Climb Playset ($69) and Steam and Speed Thomas ($79.95) discounted until Christmas Eve. In the same vein Chuggington die cast vehicles and playsets are on sale at Target from $9. Thomas and Chuggington have an age-old appeal helped in part by the fact you can keep adding to the collection, which also makes it convenient for grandparents, aunts and uncles who are searching for gift ideas.

Pretend play is a large part of development and toy manufacturers have craftily linked this to action heroes. Target has an array of Spiderman merchandise like the Web Shooting Spiderman ($39) and Strike Battle vehicles ($29 with action figure) as well as The Octonauts mission vehicle ($29) and plush toys ($15). …

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