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10 Toys to tantrum-proof your holidays

While the mood is generally happy, the holidays can be stressful, too. All those shopping, decorating, cooking, and entertaining can leave us feeling drained afterwards. But the demands of all these tasks pale in comparison to one thing: handling a toddler throwing a hissy fit. Like any adult, you probably also dread having to appease a howling and kicking three-year-old while the guests are over for dinner. And if you have a kid or are expecting a guest who has one, this scenario is always a possibility. What do you do then?

We recommend something tried-and-tested: toys. But not just random toys, though, but those that are high on engagement factor, such as the ones in our list. They are the toys to give the kids if you want to save the holidays from tantrum storms.

For 3 to 5 years

BeginAgain Safari Bowling Game

BeginAgain | Safari Bowling Game – $24.99
International shipping weight – 5 kg
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Children these ages love knocking things down. Channel that energy into the Safari Bowling Game, where they knock down giraffes, gorillas, and targets. Place the ball on top of elephant slide, give it a push, and watch it roll and strike the wooden animals down.

Melissa & Doug Magnetic Wooden Fishing Game and Puzzle

Melissa & Doug | Magnetic Wooden Fishing Game and Puzzle – $9.99
International shipping weight – 3.5 kg
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Catch a toddler’s attention by telling him you’re going fishing. Then whip up this handmade wooden fishing game by Melissa and Doug. This wooden toy has 10 die-cut pieces of marine animals which a kid can magnetically “catch”. It’s an engaging toy as well as effective tool for teaching kids about animals and magnetism.

HearthSong Interactive Tops

HearthSong | Interactive Tops – $19.99
International shipping weight – 3 kg
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We don’t want our kids pulling each other’s hair, but we don’t mind them pulling the cord in the interactive tops from Hearthsong. Resembling a spinning snow globe, the top has toy trucks and street furniture inside that move when the cord is pulled. The miniature vehicles also give off sounds that mimic their real-life counterparts.

 For  6 to 8 years

Zipes Speed Pipes Performance Pack

Zipes | Speed Pipes Performance Pack – $$19.98 – $104.00
International shipping weight – 6 kg
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Watch as the remote-controlled car in the Zipes Speed Pipes Performance Pack zoom along the transparent race track. It can go so fast it can climb even upright tracks. It also creates a beautiful light show when it darts here and there with its glowing ball cargo. The pack comes with 10 pipes and 16 connectors but additional ones can be bought if you want to expand the race track.

Vtech Kidizoom Action Cam

Vtech | Kidizoom Action Cam – $59.99
International shipping weight – .5 kg
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Make the kids feel important by giving them something adult-like to do, like taking photos of the party. Since you can’t lend them your DSLR, get them a less expensive camera with more child-friendly features, like the Kidzoom Action Cam. The Action Cam takes both photos and videos, and comes with fun frames and photo filters. The two sets of mounts allow them to  take pictures from odd angles.

WowWee Fingerlings Interactive Baby Monkey

WowWee | Fingerlings Interactive Baby Monkey – $34.91
International shipping weight – .50 kg
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Meet the Fingerlings, a breed of robotic baby monkeys. Like real pets, they react to your sweet ministrations: they turn their heads, blink their eyes, make monkey noises and cling to your finger. Cradle them in your hands and they begin to snooze. Any cranky kid is sure to cheer up when she sees a Fingerling blowing kisses at her.

For 9 to 12 years

*Although kids in this group are less likely to have screaming tantrums, they can be annoying when they sulk. They think they’re too cool for holiday dinners with family and friends. But they could change their minds on account of these toys.

3Doodler Start Essential Pen Set

3Doodler | Start Essential Pen Set – $24.99
International shipping weight – .50 kg
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Doodling is what gets many kids through boring class lectures. So it won’t take much for them to warm to the 3Doodler. The pen-like 3D printer releases eco-friendly plastic strands that can be shaped into objects. The shaping is done in the same way you doodle on paper, except you’re doodling in air. The set includes a manual that guides users how to build a number of things, like an Eiffel Tower replica.

Sphero Star Wars App-Enabled Droid BB-9E

Sphero | Star Wars App-Enabled Droid BB-9E – $129.99
International shipping weight – 1.5 kg
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Everyone has a dark side – true for humans as well as for droids. In the Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the BB-9E is the villainous counterpart of Rey’s droid sidekick, BB8. The toy version by Sphero is an official Disney commission and is notable for its close resemblance with the onscreen character. It can roll along either on its own or with steering by the user, who can control the toy from a smartphone app. It makes as many as 90 types of sounds and reacts when it detects the Star Wars movie playing.

Lenovo Star Wars AR Headset with Lightsaber Controller and Tracking Beacon

Lenovo | Star Wars AR Headset with Lightsaber Controller and Tracking Beacon – $199.99
International shipping weight – 4.5 kg
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Lenovo’s Jedi Challenges is unlike any Star Wars toy before it. Consisting of a head set, a lightsaber, and a tracking beacon, the Jedi Challenges set immerses the player into the Star Wars universe via augmented reality. Turn the Lightsaber Battle mode on and engage in a swordfight with a holographic enemy. Then use the light saber as a controller and gun in the Holochess and Strategic Battle modes, respectively.

Hasbro DropMix Music Gaming System
Hasbro | DropMix Music Gaming System – $93.99
International shipping weight – 4.5 kg
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This toy combines two things teens love: music and card games. With the Dropmix Music Gaming System, players get to mix music like a DJ, but instead of a turntable, they do it with cards, an electronic game board, and a tablet (or smartphone). Throw a card onto the board and the app plays the song represented by the card. Throw another card and the app mixes the two together. The app can mix as many as five songs in one go. The system comes with 60 cards but more can be bought separately.

Stock up on these toys and you’ll be guaranteed endless peace on your household – and lots of fun for the kids.

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