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13 brilliant Easter toys to boost baby and toddler development

13 brilliant Easter toys to boost baby and toddler development

Easter is a time that simply screams CHOCOLATE and you don't have to miss out if you're vegan or dairy free. But, if you don’t want a toddler tantrum on your hands it may be wise to limit their intake of the sugary stuff.

Not overdosing on chocolate eggs doesn't mean your kids can't have lots of fun. You can organise an egg-huntget creative and crafty or go on a day trip.

Best of all, check out our fabulous selection of alternative Easter gifts. They should help keep your little ones amused over the bank holiday weekend and beyond! They are even educational but let’s keep that bit between us.

13 Easter toys for babies and toddlers:

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1) Orange Tree Toys Peter Rabbit Play Set, £35.99, Amazon

This beautiful play set is based on Mr McGregor's garden. It encourages imaginative play, comes with plenty of different elements for little hands to grasp and features all of our favourite characters to play with. It is sure to keep your kids entertained for hours. Suitable from three years old.

Orange Tree Toys Peter Rabbit Play Set was shortlisted for Best Toddler Toy in the 2018 Mother & Baby Awards
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2) Gertie the Good Goose, £13.99, Amazon

This all natural rubber teething toy has a sweet face and a little squeak that babies adore. With a beak, feet and tail feathers to chew on, it will help soothe sore gums in the difficult teething days. The bright and contrasting colours also help with visual focus. Suitable from birth.

Gertie the Good Goose won Bronze for Best Baby Toy in the 2018 Mother & Baby Awards.
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3) Orchard Toys Farmyard Heads and Tails, £8, Amazon

This simple card game encourages observational and memory skills while introducing very young children to the concept of turn-taking. It has large, wipe-clean cards for messy little hands. Suitable from 18 months.

Orchard Toys Farmyard Heads and Tails won Bronze in the Best Toddler Toy category of the 2017 Mother & Baby Awards
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4) Orange Tree Toys Peter Rabbit Xylophone Wooden Toy, RRP £17.07, Amazon

This sweet instrument will encourage musicality in your tot and it comes with two drumsticks that are perfect for little hands to hold. Suitable from 12 months.
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5) Miffy Knitted Bunny Ring Rattle, £8.99, John Lewis

This Miffy ring rattle is made from super soft plush and has an adorable bunny head on top, with a cable knit cover on the rattle so it's soft yet textured against baby's hands, finished with a tie on the bottom. Perfect for newborns to keep them stimulated. Suitable from birth.
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6) Little Tikes Cookin Creations Premium Wood Kitchen, £134.99, Amazon

This mini kitchen offers everything your little homemaker needs. Complete with a pretend kitchen playset including pots and pans, a washing machine and dishwasher, children can role-play a variety of household activities from cooking and baking to laundry. This strong and sturdy kitchen will last for years and inspire imaginative play. Suitable from two years.

Little Tikes Cookin Creations Premium Wood Kitchen won Silver for Best Toddler Toy in the 2014 Mother & Baby Awards.
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7) 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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8) Set of 4 Easter Bath Squeaky Eggs, £9.98, Amazon

This set of 4 colourful eggs feature soft textures, which provide comfort during teething. The Squeeze and Squeak Easter Eggs provide hours of fun, as well a sensory experience. Tots will love rolling them, throwing them and bobbing them up and down in the water at bathtime.
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9) Chicco Pull Along Rabbit, £10.95, Amazon

This fun pull-along wooden toy is made from durable wood and water-based paint. It encourages your toddler’s motor skills as they start to pull it by themselves. Suitable from 12 months. 
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10) Hide And Squeak Eggs, £7.98, Amazon

This is a twist on the traditional shape sorter, with the added joy of a cheeky squeak from the chirpy chicks. It improves manual dexterity and promotes recognition of colours and shapes. Suitable from six months.
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11) The Easter Bunny Story Personalised Book, £18, Dorothy And Theodore

Who is the Easter Bunny, and what is his story? This eggstra-special book reveals all and would make the perfect gift altnernative to chocolate this Easter. Featuring your little one’s name on every page and across 10 beautiful illustrations, ‘The Easter Bunny Story’ is a charmingly designed rhyming book that will help to encourage a love of reading. Suitable from birth.
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12) Oskar & Ellen Doll’s House, £31.90, Amazon

This sweet, soft, doll’s house includes mum, dad and baby bunny characters for your child to invent stories with. It encourages imaginative play and is made of padded washable cotton with a carry handle, making it perfect for on-the-go. Suitable from three years.
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13) Shearamy The Sheep, £22.27, Amazon

This cuddly 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 their vision too. Suitable from birth. 
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14) Bunny Rattle Wrists, £8, Jo Jo Maman Bebe

These adorable little wrist rattles are great for stimulating babies and engaging them in a sensory experience. Made from 100% cotton, they're gentle on little ones skin and it has a velcro fastening for a comfortable fit. 
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15) Sock Rabbit Kit, £12.99, Amazon

One for slightly older toddlers, this is an easy sewing kit to indulge your little one's creative side. The sock part is already stitched, so all they (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 three years old.

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