England's Chris Ashton goes for the gap during the QBE International at Twickenham

Lancaster needs to become the father of invention – and fast

There is no vim. England didn't lack effort. What was missing was a clue

Guess Who’s sexist?

Guess Who’s sexist? Classic board game’s gender bias leaves six-year-old fuming

It’s the hit guessing game which invites children to use their skills to solve a mystery. But a six-year-old girl left the games giant Hasbro struggling for an answer when she asked “why are there so many more boys than girls in Guess Who?”

Nancy Donaldson falls for Furby. 'I liked the way you could feed him by sliding food from a phone or iPad,' she said.

Furby rides again: The must-have toy this Christmas is back with an app

Nick Donaldson and daughter Nancy reveal what's going to be on children's wish lists

Old favourites including Lego, Twister and the Cabbage Patch Kids are set for Christmas return

Old favourites Lego, Twister and the Cabbage Patch Kids are among the toys being tipped for the top this Christmas.

The 10 Best puzzles and games

Cool, fun, silly and educational – here’s our pick of the finest distractions for children. No screens required...

A baby wearing electronic monitors is studied

Science behind a baby's laugh

A study into why infants smile can help us teach us about autism and Down syndrome. Charlotte Philby pays a visit to Babylab HQ

A baby wearing electronic monitors is studied

Revealed: The serious science behind a baby's laugh

The first attempt in 50 years to discover why infants smile can help our understanding of conditions such as autism and Down syndrome. Charlotte Philby visits Babylab HQ

Robin Ironside, Grosvenor Museum, Chester

It’s a family kind of place, the Grosvenor Museum. This being Chester, there is a child-friendly section on the Romans.

Skylanders Giants: Innovator or money-spinner?

Creative characters, ground-breaking design and 48 toys to collect, but does Skylanders Giants represent value for money this Christmas? Andy Robertson investigates.

Fear in Las Vegas at Roth's new haunt

The American horror director Eli Roth who is best known for Hostel and Cabin Fever has opened a haunted-hotel-themed horror attraction in Las Vegas.

Last Night's Viewing: The Plane Crash, Channel 4
Homefront, ITV1

What Hollywood wants from a plane crash and what air-safety investigators want from an air crash turn out to be substantially different. Hollywood wants a fireball and apparently endless momentum – that gratifying destruction smeared out by slow motion so that it seems as if it will never end.

On the Map: Why the World Looks the Way it Does, By Simon Garfield

Apple recently found to its cost just how much maps mean to us when it replaced the Google maps on iPhones with its own handiwork. It was not a success. Railway stations were labelled as parks, parks became airports, Woolworths stores were resurrected. Wolverhampton disappeared entirely. Apple fans overreacted floridly, but not just because maps are handy for finding the nearest petrol station. It's more primal. They tell us how we see ourselves, how we used to see ourselves, and the journey from A to B. Simon Garfield's new book is a rollicking sweep through map history, packed with curiosities and written with verve.

Being Modern: Tweens

on this day in 1955 the actor James Dean was involved in a fatal head-on car crash. Not that the 24-year-old’s tragic death would slow the phenomenon he had done as much as anyone to create – the cult of the teenager would persist for a fair few decades to come.

Swimming: Team GB's Jonathan Fox sets new world record at the Aquatics Centre

Jonathan Fox and Sophie Pascoe both set new world records this morning as the swimming got under way at the Paralympics with some blistering racing at the Aquatics Centre.

Joe Lycett: Some Lycett Hot, Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

Though this 24-year-old comedian fails to convince that he has brought a complete hour with him to Edinburgh, he does enough with this debut show to flaunt his potential star quality.

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