Top toys for Christmas 2011

Caroline Cassidy

Christmas is just around the corner and children everywhere will soon be dreaming of what will be under the tree come the big day. If you are a parent you've no doubt already begun thinking of toys and games for your little ones but if you're stuck for ideas, the Toy Retailers Association has announced its top 12 must-haves to give you a hand.

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top christmas toys 2011

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Doggie Doo, RRP £22.99
Yep, this year's top toy features plasticine poo (it's yellow, mind you) and, brace yourselves, realistic sounds as children compete to scoop the poop. It might not be your cup of tea but it'll be a guaranteed hit with the youngsters. Suitable for children aged four years and over.

Fijit Friends, RRP £54.99
Interactive toys have been growing in popularity and the trend is set to continue with Fijit Friends. These cute, chatty, dancing robots will be a hit with the girls with their ability to wiggle, dance to music and recognise more than 30 voice commands, responding with her very own phrases and jokes. Ages 6 years and over.

Fireman Sam Pontypandy Multi-Rescue Set, RRP £29.99
Everyone's favourite firefighter is back and ready to save the day. A variety of 'disaster features' await Sam at the Pontypandy playset and he'll have a busy day saving cats from trees, prising naughty Norman's head from the railings and putting out cooker fires. Mind the collapsing roof and floor though! Suitable for children over three years.

Kidizoom Twist, RRP £49.99
It was a hit last year and it's back with a new twisting lens - the digital camera for kids features 4x digital zoom, 256 MB of storage and an SD card slot for more memory. Budding photographers can also film video footage, record voices, add crazy camera effects and play five built-in games. Hours of fun. For children over three years.

LeapPad Explorer, RRP £79.99
A child-friendly tablet, complete with apps, camera, video recorder and microphone. The games and activities are designed to encourage learning and creativity... and at the very least, it'll stop the kids trying to get their hands on your iPad! For ages four to nine years.

Let's Rock Elmo, RRP £69.99
The Sesame Street favourite sings, makes music and interacts with other 'Let's Rock' instruments, though you'll have to buy those separately. Sure to captivate the little ones.
Suitable for children 18 months and over.

Milk the bunny, RRP £59.99
Not keen on buying your youngster their first pet? Surprise them with Milky - he moves his eyes, nose, ears and feet, snores when he's asleep and trembles endearingly when he's scared by loud noises. Suitable for children aged two years and over.

Monster High Lagoona's Hydration Station, RRP £39.99
From the popular fashion doll franchise, Lagoona, the coolest ghoul in school, needs constant hydration to maintain her blue skin and luscious locks. With three different light and bubble modes, the Hydration Station is a must-have for girls. Ages six years and over.

Moshling Treehouse, RRP £18.99
Moshi Monsters get their very own place to stay and play with the Moshling Treehouse. Featuring a working basket lift and exclusive Roxy Moshling, it's a handy for storing these sought-after collectibles. For children aged four to eight years.

Nerf Vortex Nitron Blaster, RRP £44.99
The upgraded disc blaster now features pulsing targeting lights to improve your aim, a 20-disc magazine (with room for additional magazines, sold separately) and a range of accessories. Plus the new acceleration trigger means you can power up for a long-distance attack. Mind your heads, parent! Suitable for children aged eight years and over.

LEGO Ninjago Fire Temple, RRP £91.99
The latest addition to the ever-popular LEGO stable features a fireball-spitting dragon, a skeleton army and the ultimate battle for the dragon sword of fire. It will almost certainly keep them entertained for hours. For ages eight to 14 years.

Star Wars Ultimate Force Tech Lightsaber Assortment, RRP £39.99
There is now a whole new generation of Star Wars fans and toys based on the sci-fi epic are still hugely popular. This assortment of weaponry features a variety of lightsabers from the movies enabling kids to re-enact famous moments from the film. Realistic sound effects only add to the fun. Suitable for all ages.

Will you be buying any of these 'top toys' for your little ones this Christmas? Let us know below...