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The Summer Toy List of 2018

We curate the top toys we're hearing (from our own kids) this summer.

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Birthday Party season is upon us! And there’s no better time to start looking for the top toys of 2018. Why wait for Christmas? We’ve got the latest and greatest toys that kids want now!

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OUTDOOR ANYTHING 

When the temperature rises and the sun stays out longer, there’s nothing better than outdoor fun. From swing sets and jungle gyms to playhouses and water tables, the top toys for summer ’18 – and any summer - always involve playing outside.

WHEELS

Wheels are synonymous with summer. Scooters, bikes and trikes are always at the top of every kid’s essential birthday toy list. Choose a bike your child can grow into – and don’t forget the helmet!

ARTS AND CRAFTS

Inside or out, nothing gets the creative juices flowing like arts and craft. Markers, crayons and colouring books. Clay, dough and sand. Models and pottery.  Doodle kits and beads. The list goes on and on, as endless as your child’s imagination.

DRONES

Look up! High in the sky: it’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a…drone! Air Hogs, Sky Vipers, Little Tikes and more, kids love a remote control toy – especially one that flies. Tricks and flips will help your child reach new heights with a whole new fleet of drones, always one of the top toys for birthdays!

SLIME

Get out of the kitchen and forget the mess with a myriad of slime products that every kid loves. From DIY slime sets to pre-made glow-in-the-dark and wacky slime gunk, there’s a slime for almost everyone (3+ only please! Safety first!)

NERF

Zombie strikers, N-Strike Elite, marshmallow blasters and of course, footballs and sports packs– Nerf’s got it all. When the world is your battleground, there’s no better place to be than outdoors. Just make sure to load up on extra darts and ammo. 

WACKY TOYS

Stomp rockets, moon shoes, turbo skates and hoverboards are all contenders for the title of top toy 2018. These are the ones that make you gasp – in fear and with envy! They’re futuristic, fantastic and a whole lot of fun.

CONSTRUCTION TOYS

Kids are born to build. And to destroy! Why not channel that energy with building blocks and construction toys? Off Bits, Magformers, Meccano sets and, of course, Lego all provide hours of fun, inside or out. 

INDOOR ACTIVITIES

Even the best summers have their share of rainy days. And the only thing worse than the damp and the mud is a bored child. Brighten up grey days with magic sets, puzzles and games for every age and stage. And you can never, ever go wrong with a great book. 

DOLLS/ACTION FIGURES

With every kids birthday party comes a new opportunity for a new favourite stuffy. Or doll. Or action figure. Summer’s blockbusters always come with figurine tie-ins, Barbie is always in fashion and who can resist the squishy face of a bunny. Or teddy. Or puppy. Okay, we'll stop there*.

*Tread carefully, unless you've had the puppy-is-a-responsibility talk with them.

MORE BIRTHDAY SUGGESTIONS...

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