It’s the season of giving and Child Magazine has compiled a gift guide of present ideas for children of all ages.
Age 3 and upwards
Get imaginations brewing with the Super Colourful Play-Doh Cafe Playset. Make the toy coffee maker fill the cups with colourful Play-Doh modelling compound, then spin and slide them to the topping station and add pretend whipped cream. Create lots of colourful Play-Doh bakery treats with the cookie, cupcake, and donut moulds, then display them on the clear stand.
Age 4 upwards
FurReal Cinnamon, My Stylin’ Pony is a must-have for animal lovers. With more than 80 sounds and reactions, this 35cm tall beauty is responsive and expressive. She blinks, and moves her ears, head, and neck. The pony responds when she’s fed; and when petted on her back, cheeks, and nose. She makes loving noises, kissing sounds, and her cheeks even glow. It’s so much fun to groom and style this beautiful, poseable pony: she comes with 26 styling accessories, including 4 shimmery horseshoes, flower crown, and 20 flower hair decorations for her bridle, and her apple accessory doubles as a both a brush and a snack.
Age 8 upwards
The Monopoly Travel World Tour board game is a twist on classic Monopoly gameplay that has players discovering and visiting exciting travel destinations. Players buy destinations, complete travel goals, and stamp the dry-erase gameboard with their token stamper to win. Create memories with the Travel Journal cards that become part of the gameplay in future games and learn fun facts about locations across the globe along the way. What a great game for travel buffs. This travel edition of the Monopoly game is a fun game for a family game night and it’s a great game for kids 8 and up.
(Hasbro products are available from leading retailers (subject to availability) including: Takealot.com,
Toys R Us, ToyZone, Toy Kingdom, Hamleys, Makro and Importatoy)
For older children
The new Nokia T20 tablet is a great option for older children. The device can be used for online learning, games and to connect with friends. My 10-year-old son loved the crystal-clear 2K screen which provided superb clarity for his games. Another plus was the long-lasting battery life. This device boasts a powerful 8200mAh battery. This allows for 15 hours of internet use and 10 hours of film-watching. The Nokia T20 is so versatile – we used it to access Google Classroom and to play a variety of games. It comes with Google Kids Space, which is a secure mode for children to explore apps, books and videos. Although the tablet has a durable solid metal body structure, there is a purpose-built Rugged cover offering extra protection.
Priced from R3 999 or R279 a month, the Nokia T20 is an accessible device that can be used by the whole family for anything from conference calls and movies to games and audiobooks.
For the grown-ups
Get creative over the festive season and experience the therapy of painting without needing the drawing skills to create something from a blank canvas with this DIY Paint By Numbers set (PNA). Paint, canvas and paint brushes included. Or, learn how to paint with watercolour paints with Marina Bakasova’s Four-Step Watercolour Book. An inspiring collection of subjects to paint in just four simple steps.
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