Christmas is just around the corner, and although I know there have been some posts about banning toys as gifts, I feel that there are some toys that are worth getting for children, as I believe in learning through play. However, it’s been nearly impossible for me to even step into a toy store with Noah recently. He runs around crazily, tries to convince me to buy something for him, and protests loudly when it’s time to leave. Thus, I was glad to learn that I can buy toys for kids online, as Lazada Singapore offers a wide range of toys, among the many other products that they have.
The website itself is easy to navigate, and I spent quite some time checking out the various categories, before zooming in on the toys.
Toys, Kids & Babies
As you can see, there are 1,582 toys to choose from, and I had a really tough time trying to select some for Noah. I usually try to get him educational toys, toys that encourage creativity, and recently, toys for pretend play. I shortlisted these ten toys, and thought I should share my list here, for those of you who might be looking for gift ideas. You’re welcome!
MY TOP TEN LIST OF TOYS FROM LAZADA
1. My Quiet Book
Noah has been getting more easily bored during our car rides, and I thought that this would be a good way to keep him entertained, and help him to develop his fine motor skills as well. There are quite a few different activities for him to work on, and I liked that it can be zipped up, and carried around quite easily.
2. How to Count Cloth Book
This is very similar to the Quiet Book above, and again, I liked how portable it is. I also thought it was a fun way for Noah to learn how to count, since his version of counting these days is “One, four, seven, two, one, ten!” I figured I should at least try to help him a little in this aspect, before he goes to school in January!
3. Hape & Educo Puzzle Happy Hour Clock
This looked like a fun way to teach children how to tell time, and younger kids can also work on their puzzle skills. I liked how cheerful it looks, and how practical it is, since it can be used to teach a variety of things.
4. Leapfrog Letter Factory Phonics
I’m including this in my list even though I have it already, because I think it is very useful. It was one of the first few educational toys I got for Noah, based on a recommendation from a fellow mum. I’m not very good with phonics, so I use this to help me guide Noah in learning phonics. Right now, he’s more interested in just playing the music, rather than focusing on the phonics, but I hope it will come in handy when he’s ready to learn.
5. Infantino A Day at the Fair Puzzle
This will probably appeal to slightly older children, or those who love puzzles. I like how unique it is, with its 3D ferris wheel, and a real, spinning carousel, which is a real change from the traditional puzzles.
6. Leapfrog Mobile Med Kit
I’ve been eyeing the Leapfrog Mobile Med Kit for some time, and when I saw that it was actually cheaper on Lazada than in the stores, I quickly added it to my shopping cart. Now that Noah is older, he is more interested in pretend play, and I thought that this would appeal to him, since it comes in an ambulance (he loves vehicles of all sorts).
7. Playmobil 40th Anniversary Fire Rescue Operation Compact Set with Quad
Playmobil is a well-established brand, and I love the many different themed sets that they have. This one appealed to me because of the potential for pretend play, and also because it actually has a working fire hose! I think this will be a real hit with many children, though some adults might not quite appreciate having wet floors or furniture.
8. Fisher-Price Magic Scan Market
This is currently sold out, and it’s not difficult to figure out why. It encourages pretend play, and teaches a wide variety of things, such as numbers, colours, scanning, weighing, and sorting. Sure, you can learn all these things in a real supermarket, but I’m pretty sure the cashier won’t allow your toddler to play with the scanner there.
9. Vtech Toot Toot Drivers Construction Site
Ah, if you’ve got a vehicle-obsessed child like we do, this would be THE toy to get. There are six SmartPoints that introduce fun phrases, sound effects, and melodies, when you use a SmartPoint vehicle (the set comes with one) with it. I also like that the track pieces can be varied, allowing for different combinations, and of course, creativity. There’s plenty of role-playing fun to be had too!
10. Mega Bloks 123 Learning Train
Mega Bloks is a good introduction to the world of building blocks, as the pieces are large and perfect for small hands to grasp. Each block can be easily connected and disconnected, so even the very young ones can learn how to use them. There are also many ways to use them as an educational tool, and children can learn how to sort or stack the blocks according to a particular sequence.
After spending hours trying to decide which of these to get for Noah, I finally selected four items, paid for them via Paypal (you can pay by Visa, Mastercard, or Amex too), and waited patiently for them to arrive. Lazada sends out both an email and SMS notification when your order is being processed, so it is relatively easy to track your items. The items are delivered by different suppliers, which mean you get the thrill of receiving many different parcels.
PS. Want to see what I got? Ta-dah!
Yes, this Lego set isn’t in my list above, but that’s because I can’t find it on the website anymore! I’m really glad I got it even though Noah is too young for it at the moment, because I adore Duplo and Lego. I’m so tempted to assemble it on my own, but I think I’m going to try and exercise some restraint, because it will probably be more satisfying when we can work on it together. Can’t wait for him to be old enough to play with this!
Do check out Lazada for more online shopping deals. Happy shopping!
*I received some credit to shop on Lazada for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own.
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