Must-Have Toys for Christmas, According to Toys R Us
The festive season can be a magical time for children. Whether you choose to celebrate it with vacation getaways, Christmas decorations or more family fun at home, children sense the joyous spirit of the holidays season. One thing that consistently brings joy to kids during this season, is all the new toys that often come with it.
When Toys R Us revealed its must-have toys and toy trends this year, it showed that outside toys, building and construction toys and educational tools were the most coveted play items this year.
“A few of the big trends we are seeing in the world of toys which have inspired our top toy must-haves include toy unboxing, outdoor play and creative building, with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) skills toys, sensory play and educational toys that support remote learning dominating the shelves,” says Catherine Jacoby, Marketing Manager at Toys R Us.
With entire families being couped up in their homes and with education being such a huge priority during the lockdown, these trends totally make sense. This article uses the research from Toys R Us’ annual Geoffrey’s Top Toys 2021, as well as seasonal changes and cultural changes to suggest toy items from a variety stores.
For extra fun this year, check out these highly-coveted toy items you can splurge on for Christmas this year.
Fidget and sensory toys
Fidget and sensory toys are all the rage this year. With their ability to calm and soothe the senses, these types of toys are likely to be helpful for children who took on a lot of the stress that came with the pandemic this year. Fidget and sensory toys are also useful for kids with ADHD, autism or children who are dealing with anxiety. Check some out below.
Fun in the Sun!
It’s quite the summer in SA this year and with the combination of being locked up for long, a little fun with water goes a long way. Check out some of these play items below.
The bright and beautiful
Toy unboxing has become an eventful process, so the brighter and more aesthetically appealing a toy is, the better, according to Toys R Us. The company listed Barbie and Hot Wheels Colour Reveal as a top trending toy in this category. Here are our favourites.
Construction and building
Few things keep a child more occupied than a game that can challenge and promote their problem-solving skills. Construction and building toys are the perfect examples of this. They also assist with developing hand-eye coordination, motor skills, and creativity.
Toys R Us mentions that higher performance radio control toys form part of their top items. Check out the Cargo Train below which allows you to download an app that lets your younger child unlock more fun features.
With lockdown altering the way kids learn, there are so many toys designed to enhance their kid’s educational experience. We thought to add finger puppets to our list: many children felt the social impact of being isolated and finger puppets can help children understand empathy and different perspectives. Check them out below.