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13 brilliant Easter toys that help boost baby and toddler development

Easter is a time that simply screams chocolate. But if you don’t want a screaming toddler on your hands it may be wise to limit their intake of the sugary stuff.

Check out our selection of alternate Easter gifts that could help keep your little ones amused over the bank holiday weekend and beyond.

They're even educational, but let’s keep that bit between us.

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Orange Tree Toys Peter Rabbit Play Set, RRP £28, Amazon

This beautiful play set is based on Mr McGregor's garden and was shortlisted for best toddler toy in the Mother&Baby Awards 2018. Will encourage imaginative play. 
Suitable from three years.
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Gertie the Good Goose, RRP £13.99, Amazon

This all natural rubber teething toy has a sweet face and a squeak that will help soothe baby's gums in the difficult teething days. The contrasting colours help with visual focus and it took bronze for best toy in the Mother&Baby Awards 2018.
Suitable from birth.
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Orchard Toys Farmyard Heads and Tails, RRP £7.50, Amazon

This simple card game encourages observational and memory skills while introducing very young children to the concept of turn-taking. It took bronze for best toddler toy in the Mother&Baby Awards 2017.
Suitable from 18 months.
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Orange Tree Peter Rabbit Xylophone Wooden Toy, RRP £14.50, Amazon

This sweet instrument comes with two drumsticks that are perfect for little hands to hold. Will encourage musicality.
Suitable from 12 months.
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Jellycat Bobtail Bunny Rattle, £9.50, John Lewis

This beautiful bunny has a secret bell in the tummy. Little ones will grab for the contrasting ears and tail features, and learn to shake the bunny to hear the bell.
Suitable from birth.
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Little Tikes Cookin Creations Premium Wood Kitchen, RRP £169.99, Amazon

This strong and sturdy kitchen will last for years and inspire imaginative play. It won silver for best toddler toy in the Mother&Baby Awards 2014.
Suitable from two years.
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Humpty Dumpty, RRP £10.99, Amazon

Your baby can roll Humpty and he’ll keep coming right back, a bit like a colourful baby boomerang. This encourages manual dexterity and improves hand eye coordination. 
Suitable from ten months.
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Sock rabbit kit, RRP £12.99, Amazon

One for slightly older toddlers, this is an easy sewing kit to indulge his creative side. The sock part is already stitched, so all he (with a little help from you, perhaps…) needs to do is put in the stuffing, sew it up and add the felt features.
Suitable from age three.
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Chicco Pull Along Rabbit, RRP £14.99, Amazon

This wooden toy is made from durable wood and water-based paint, and encourages your toddler’s motor skills as she starts to pull it by herself.
Suitable from 12 months. 
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Hide And Squeak Eggs, RRP £7.49, Amazon

This is a twist on the traditional shape sorter, with the added joy of a cheeky squeak from the chirpy chicks. Improves manual dexterity and promotes recognition of colours and shapes.
Suitable from six months.
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Personalised book, £18, Dorothy And Theodore

Your child gets to star in this egg-citing story about the Easter bunny. Features your little one's name across ten pages, and will help encourage a love of reading.
Suitable from birth.
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Oskar & Ellen Doll’s House, RRP £29.98, Amazon

This sweet, soft, doll’s house includes mum, dad and baby bunny characters for your child to invent stories with. Encourages imaginative play.
Suitable from three years.
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Cuddly sheep RRP £29.92, Amazon

Shearamy Sheep comes with different textures, crinkles and a rattle plus features including knotted legs and a bead tail for your baby to discover. The contrast in patterns and colours help stimulate her vision too.
Suitable from birth. 

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