From Furbys to robotic puppies, there are lots of fun, innovative and educational toys in the shops this year. Kate Hilpern picks the ones the kids (and big kids) will love
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Friday 08 June 2012
After a section of a Japanese dock washed up on the West Coast of the US this week, here are four other great shore arrivals:
Sunday 27 May 2012
Children's rooms take on a different meaning at Hesperia Lanzarote (00 34 828 080 800; nh-hotels.com), in Puerto Calero, where seven new Junior Suites have been colourfully redecorated, furnished with bunk beds dressed in themed bed linen, and supplied with toys and a healthy "mini bar".
Wednesday 23 May 2012
Watch as Batman and his friends drive, climb and fly their way through Gotham City.
Tuesday 22 May 2012
The headline at Mail Online said it all yesterday, as headlines at Mail Online tend to: "Ryanair rakes in record profits as it squeezes more out of customers in add-on fees and in-flight sales". There followed a graphic detailing "sky-high" charges – sky-high, geddit? – such as online bag check-ins, airport bag check-ins and credit card fees. "It will please boss Michael O'Leary and shareholders," the article gushed, "but the passengers who are forced to pay higher ticket prices on top of the airline's infamous swathe of extra charges will be less thrilled."
Sunday 20 May 2012
Tuesday 17 April 2012
Thanks to digital-savvy idle thumbs, the opportunity to transform your looks using a quick online feature is a regular one. There have been programmes that allow you to transform yourself into a Mad Men character, or a yellow-skinned Simpson or a pixellated digital blur. And, all the way back in 2001, Chris Doyle's website Reasonably Clever offered users the chance to make themselves as a Lego figure. Which is fun – we all need a Twitter avatar. But two French artists have flip-reversed the idea with Legolize.
Sunday 01 April 2012
Wednesday 28 March 2012
1.Travel Etch a Sketch £11.49, lovememory.co.uk
Channel their inner Picasso on that long haul flight with this pocket-sized version of the children’s drawing game.
Friday 23 March 2012
It slowly wins you over, brick by brick
Thursday 05 January 2012
The toy maker Lego has taken full control of its education division after buying the remaining 49 per cent stake for €4.4m (£3.7m) from the UK-listed education supplier RM.
Friday 02 December 2011
End the eternal quest for a gift that's durable, smart and more fun than the box it came in
Tuesday 29 November 2011
1. Caroline Gardner
Greetings card specialist Caroline Gardner this year offers a range of five advent calendars. The 12 days of Christmas is really enchanting.
Saturday 26 November 2011
Feast your eyes on part one of our ultimate Christmas gift guide: this week, terrific toys for boys and girls, foodie treats, addictive gadgets, literary treasures and much more…
Saturday 03 September 2011
Saturday 13 August 2011
'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens
French court convicts three over homophobic tweets, in case hailed as a 'significant victory' by LGBT rights campaigners
Greece elections: Syriza and EU on collision course after election win for left-wing party
British Muslim school children suffering a backlash of abuse following Paris attacks
Islamic history is full of free thinkers - but recent attempts to suppress critical thought are verging on the absurd
Leaked documents show Ukip leaders approve NHS privatisation once it becomes more 'acceptable to the electorate'
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- 4 Chilling drone footage captures Auschwitz ahead of 70th anniversary of liberation