Lexa is already displaying the signs of the terrible-two’s even if her second birthday is only in October. Some days it feels like I just want to hide in my bedroom/in a cupboard/somewhere and not have to play and keep her busy… especially on weekends!

…but to get back to what should be on your shopping list for toddlers this Christmas!

Prima Toys’ theme for 2018 is Let them explore. It’s about letting children enjoy and explore their world through play. It’s about giving them the opportunity to discover new things, new play patterns, new technology and more.


I think LeapFrog is one of my personal favourites to buy for Lexa. It is fun, interactive and will prepare her for a lifetime of learning. Lexa loves her Chat & Count, she uses it as a cellphone and it keeps her busy to/from our drive to her school.

A range of new LeapFrog products are available to help your child develop a love of learning during the early childhood year. They are:

  • LeapFrog Shapes and Sharing Picnic Basket
  • Rainbow lights Ladybird
  • Colour Mixer Truck
  • Sort & Spin Turtle
  • Hug & Learn Bears Book
  • Number Crunching Squirrel
  • Dino’s Delightful Day
  • Letterband Phonics Jam
  • Water & Grow Garden
  • Sweet treats Learning café
  • Leapfrog Mr Pencil’s Alphabet Bag
  • Leapfrog Scout’s Get Up & Go Activity
  • Leapfrog Scoop & Learn Ice Cream Cart

The Leapfrog Scoop & Learn Ice Cream Cart was a big hit at the event. When you choose a scoop of ice cream it verbalises what you are doing ‘1 scoop of yellow ice cream’… it even counts the pumps of topping and tells you if you add red cherries.

Leapfrog Scoop & Learn Ice Cream - Toddler Toys
Leapfrog Scoop & Learn Ice Cream

Little Tikes

Little Tikes is also one of those brands that stand out when it comes to developing children’s minds and imagination. The toys encourage discovery and learning through active, creative and social play and provide hours of fun.

Plus Little Tikes toys have been designed especially for little hands and are tough enough to endure being chewed, hit and thrown about – just ask my forehead and Lexa’s throwing arm!

Little Tikes Toys for Toddlers

Below are some of the latest toys from Little Tikes:

  • Little Tikes Singing Sorter
  • Little Tikes Squishy Piano
  • Little Tikes Touch n Go Flyers
  • Little Tikes Slammin Racers
  • Little Tikes Dirt Digger Plough & wrecking Ball

Peppa Pig

I’m not fond of pigs, but this cutie pink pig who lives with her little brother George, Mummy Pig and Daddy Pig is such a fun character for kids. So it is no surprise that the new Peppa Pig range of toys are set to become an essential part of the toy box!

The latest Peppa Pig range has an array of fun playsets and characters for pre-schoolers to play with. From the Ice Cream Van and Peppa Jet to plush toys.

V Tech

I played with the little car set at the Prima Toys event and it was so much fun!

VTech creates age appropriate and developmental stage-based electronic learning products for children of various ages. VTech consults a panel of experts, specialised in reading, language arts, science, math and child development, during the process of creating new products to ensure that they are beneficial to children.

One of the key toy lines from VTech this year is the Toot-Toot Drivers range. The playsets provide miles of learning fun. Each playset comes with different track shapes so that toddlers can use their creativity and reconfigure the set or connect to other Toot-Toot Drivers playsets.  A wonderful feature of the toys is that each playset is equipped with SmartPoint technology. SmartPoint locations recognise and respond to SmartPoint vehicles with sound effects. This added element keeps little ones engaged by boosting imaginative play and teaches cause and effect.

Some of the new products for toddlers that parents can look forward to from VTech are:

  • Secret Safe Mini Diary
  • Sing Along microphone
  • Toot Drivers – below are sets designed for Toot drivers vehicles
  • Deluxe Track Set
  • Airport
  • Fire Station
  • Garage
  • Light & Flight Discovery Globe
  • Kidi Superstar Move


My personal favourite from this range… the VTech Light & Glight Discovery Globe! I love to travel and made sure that Lexa had her first international passport stamp before she was 2.VTEC Globe

Look out for my next article on toys for girls and boys from Prima Toys.


Susann is a travel, parenting, beauty and lifestyle blogger in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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