This is rather a larger age group to find great Christmas gifts for, but I have looked for gifts that will inspire and challenge. I found with my triplets that the gifts at this age that did not offer a challenge were not used for very long before their interest would lag and by age 5, my three already had different passions. Whilst they are much more willing to share their toys, they were all into different things. So here goes, tell me what you think about the gifts in the comments below!
The clue is in the name….. it is indeed very frustrating but one of the best toys I have found in a while. The sort of toy that everyone will pick up and try, thinking they’ll easily complete it, only to find that they cant and then put it down in frustration, only to come back later for another go! Suitable from age 5 up to adult! Its called Frustrator in the UK and Perplexor in the USA.
- Frustrator ball has 118 tricky levels and Perplexor has 125 !
- As you progress, the maze becomes more and more complicated.
- The metal ball is guided along different paths as you manipulate the ball around, trying to coax the tiny metal ball inside to go where you want it!
- Great for improving balance and co-ordination.
- Suitable from 5 years to adult
BEST PLACE FORT PURCHASE: Amazon.com/Amazon.co.uk
2. Lego Boost Creative Toolbox
Sounds boring? Toolbox… a bit old fashioned maybe, but these are Lego’s words for their most awesome build it yourself and programme it yourself ROBOT ! Well actually there are 5 different models that can be built and programmed from the one kit.
- Download the free tablet app to your device then follow the instructions to build and code any of the 5 models.
- Vernie the Robot – Moves and talks, 25cm tall
- MTR4 – Multi Tooled Rover – with 4 different tool attachments including a spring loaded shooter, over 10cm high, 23cm long and 13cm wide.
- Guitar4000- Pitch and blend and sound effects,over 2.5cm high, 40.5cm long and 13cm wide.
- Frankie the Cat – interactive pet that plays, purrs, and expresses mood, 15cm tall
- AutoBuilder – auto production line that builds mini lego models,25.5cm high, 18cm long and 15cm wide.
- Allows for the users own creativity as the app is intuitive.
- Coding is icon based and allows each model to complete an array of exciting activities.
- Set includes a playmat too.
- Check for compatible devices on lego.com/devicecheck.
- Includes a LEGO Move Hub with Bluetooth connectivity, interactive motor and Colour & Distance Sensor
- LEGO BOOST building toys are compatible with all LEGO construction sets for creative building
This will require you to already have a device to run the program, to use for the coding, check that you have a compatible device as mentioned above before purchasing.
BEST PLACE FOR PURCHASE: Amazon.co.uk/ Amazon.com
3. World Map Doodle Duvet Cover
This is a huge world map thats shouting out to be coloured in! Don’t worry… they come with washable colouring pencils! So nothing will get damaged but what a great way for kids to learn where different places are in the world and important landmarks around the world so learning and fun at the same time !
- Cotton Duvet Cover with a set of 10 wash-out fabric marker pens.
- World map is printed on one side with light blue background on the other side.
- Great for hand eye coordination, colouring inside the lines is an excellent skill and learn geography at the same time.
- Wash on warm and the colours wash out, ready to start again! Awesome learning while playing!
- US twin size duvet cover.
BEST PLACE FOR PURCHASE : Amazon.co.uk/Amazon.com
4. Lulu Junior Comic Book Making Kit
Create your own comic book using this great pack and when finished send it off in the accompanying envelope and they will send back your printed and bound comic book ! All for a really reasonable price ! Great idea to encourage your twins or triplets to create their own masterpiece comic book that they will have to keep forever !
- Award winning Comic Book Making Kit for 5-8 year olds
- The pack takes you through the various features of creating your own comic book – character designing, settings, panels, words and artwork.
- All included in the pack to allow your child to write and illustrate their own full colour, 18 page book
- Professionally printed.
- There is an “About Author” feature that allows your twins/triplets to feature on the back cover of their book.
- Pack includes template pages, instructions, guide book, pencils, eraser, sharpener, colour markers and outline pen, the all important postage-paid envelope and order form.
- Great incentive to encourage imagination, planning, writing and spelling in an atmosphere of fun and enjoyment !
BEST PLACE FOR PURCHASE: Amazon.com/Amazon.co.uk
5. Operation !
- Requires skill and co-ordination to remove the bones using the metal tweezers ! But be careful… don’t touch the sides !
- When you collect the bone, you win the amount on the card. Its the person with the most at the end that wins!
- Remove the ‘bones’ without making the patients nose light up and buzz!.
BEST PLACE FOR PURCHASE: Amazon.com/Amazon.co.uk
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