There are two things I am enjoying most this winter holiday. Sitting by the fireplace reading or playing a game, and the kids happily playing together (without me). Paige and Ethan are finally playing nicely together for up to an hour sometimes, without fighting (*gasp*).
They are at such a nice age where they are the best of friends and come up with the most imaginative games. Their playroom has been upside down since the start of the holidays, and will probably remain that way until school term starts.
If you are looking for new toys to keep your kids entertained for hours, here are some newly launched options for all ages.
Teletubbies (18+ months)
Teletubbies fans will be pleased to know that their favourite cute and cuddly characters Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa and Po are now available for them to take home in a whole new plush range. Lallaby Laa-Laa is the perfect toy to gently sing your baby to sleep with classic lullabies such as Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.
This super soft cuddly toy has a gentle light that shines when you press her tummy. You also have the option of choosing how long Laa-Laa gets to sing – either 5, 10 or 15 minutes.
The Talking Plush toy is available in all four Teletubbies characters, Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa and Po. When you gently press the plush toy’s tummy you can hear them talk and make sound effects.
The new range also introduces the Laughing Giggle Plush toy, which is available in Po and Laa-Laa characters. It is very soft to the touch. When you tickle the toy, it laughs and giggles – the more you tickle them the more they giggle. Jumping Po is also part of the plush series, she jumps and bounces and really personifies happiness.
Glimmies (3+ years)
A first in the South African market, but with a growing fan base the world over, Glimmies are a super cute glow in the dark range of toys. Glimmies are star fairy collectibles that have been sent by the moon to look after the forest animals and restore peace to Glimmies Wood.
Each star fairy (23 to collect) represents a forest animal and has its own distinct features and characteristics resembling each animal they have been sent to protect.
Some of the star fairies include the Fox Glimmies, Foxanne (purple) and Volpessa (forest green), these two are always lucky and can get themselves out of any tricky situation. Doterella is also the leader of all the Glimmies owing to her ability to raise spirits when the other Glimmies’ are feeling low.
Hazelyn (orange) and Almendra (pink), the squirrel Glimmies are adventurous, full of energy and are always looking for special treasures to hide in secret places. The Glimmies are guaranteed to be a popular choice for all young fairy fans aged 3 years and older.
Grossery Gang (5+ years)
Welcome to Cheap Town, the ramshackled, former bustling town now occupied by the grubby Grossery Gang. This gang of spoilt grocery goods have gone way past their use-by dates and have rankled their way to life on the dreadful shelves of the Yucky Mart to create their own kind of fun – the rotten variety.
There are over 150 Grossery items to collect. The Mushy Slushie Machine Playset is a must-have for your child to show off his collection, while adding two more Grosseries to his assortment.
Collect all the members of the Grossery Gang and your very own Yucky Mart will be open for business. What about the Grossery Gang Sticky Soda for a refreshingly revolting drink? What you’ll get in the pack is four of the grubby bunch with a surprise lurking in the mess.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (4+ years)
From their home in sewers of New York City, these four brothers battle petty criminals, evil overlords, mutated creatures, and alien invaders while attempting to remain hidden from society. TMNT has always been a popular boys brand for over three decades and are generational heroes.
Leonardo is the tactical, courageous leader of the Ninja Turtles and a devoted student of Ninjutsu. He usually wears a blue mask and wields two katanas. Michelangelo is the most comical of the brothers, wearing an orange mask and his choice of weapon is a pair of nunchucks.
Donatello is the scientist, inventor, engineer and technological genius of the Ninja Turtles. He dons a purple mask and a bo-staff. Raphael is the bad boy of the Ninja Turtles, wearing a red mask and wielding a pair of sais. Splinter is the mutant rat sensei and adoptive father of the Ninja Turtles.
20-Questions (8+ years)
20-Questions is the classic game of people, places, things and years. Each round features a new mystery topic from history, entertainment, sports or culture. As clues are read aloud players rack their brains to identify what it is. The fewer clues you need to guess correctly, the more spaces you move on the board. 20-Questions is ideal for ages 8 and up. Two to more players. RSP: R499.99*
Anti-Monopoly (8+ years)
Anti-Monopoly is a real estate trading game with an exciting twist! Players choose free enterprise or monopoly, then play under different rules. In Anti-Monopoly, competitors have a fair shot at winning. Ideal for ages 8 and up. Two to six players. RSP: 499.99*
Hotel Tycoon (8+ years)
Hotel Tycoon is a game where players try to buy and build the best hotels in the world and compete for guests. The game caters for two to four players and is ideal for ages eight and up. Touted as the addictive new game for budding real estate magnates, Hotel Tycoon will have players building 3-D hotels and trying to bankrupt their opponents just so that they can say “I’ve won”. Hotel Tycoon is available at retailers and toy stores for RSP: R599.99*.
Toys and boardgames are available at top toy stores and retailers. For more info go to www.primatoys.co.za
*Prices correct at July 2017.
Information and toys provided by Prima Toys. Images my own.