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Kidadl's Top Pick
All of the toys and games in this list deserve their place but this one holds our top spot for being a timeless classic that the whole family can enjoy.
1. Hasbro Gaming Simon Game
Old or young, this repeat the pattern game is simple yet addictive. Starting slowly, the suspense builds as the combinations slowly get more complicated and remembering the sequence becomes more tricky.
- Price: £23.83
- Age: 8+
- Batteries included
Best For Families On A Budget
2. HTI Combat Force Jumbo Army Pack
These vintage toy soldiers are great for hours of imaginative play. The figures are all posed differently and hold a variety of weapons, and there are two distinct troops so that battles can be created between two or more players with ease.
- Price: £6.85
- Age: 3 +
- Includes soldiers, tanks, tent and fencing
- 2 colours for easy battle play
Best For Bestsellers
3. Rubik's Cube 3x3
The world's number one selling puzzle had to be included in this retro toys list. It is challenging and sometimes infuriating but anyone who plays it will be captivated for hours on end trying to make each face full of all one colour.
- Price: £9.99
- Age: 8+
- 43 quintillion combinations but just one solution
- Smooth twisting mechanism
- Coloured plastic faces
Best For Electronic Games
4. Bandai The Original Tamagotchi
This retro virtual pet will keep any child engaged for hours while they grow it from egg to adult by feeding it, playing with it, checking its health and even disciplining it. A simple interface with just three buttons makes it incredibly easy to use.
- Price: £18.53
- Age: 8+
- Batteries included
- Comes on a chain
- Includes a character game
Best For Retro Arcade Games
5. Atari Flashback X Retro Console
This mini version of the original Atari 2600 features a huge range of classic arcade games such as Space Invaders, Frogger and Asteroids. Whilst kids might be used to all singing, all dancing game graphics, they are guaranteed to still see the appeal of this great retro system.
- Price: £70.88
- 110 built in video games
- Comes with two controllers
- HDMI output
Best For Family Gaming
6. Hasbro Battleships Game
This classic naval combat game brings together strategy, memory skills and competition in order to find your opponents ships and sink them whilst keeping your ships afloat.
- Price: £23.99
- Age: 7+
- 2 portable cases for playing anywhere
- Advanced play options
Best For Board Games
7. Hasbro Mouse Trap Game
Another great board game that's worth adding to the collection, in Mouse Trap players must be the first to get six pieces of cheese without being trapped in the basket! A fast paced, quirky game that's fun for the whole family.
- Price: £19.99
- Age: 6+
- 2 to 4 players
- Helps develop decision making skills
Best For Outdoors
8. Swingball Classic All Surface
If you want a bat and ball game with a twist, Swingball just might be for you. Rather than the ball flying free, it is attached to a cable and players hit it back and forth in a competitive fashion. This version is suitable for all surfaces and when finished, it can be packed back away into the base for easy storage.
- Price: £29.99
- Height adjustable
- Packs into base to take anywhere
- 1 to 2 players
Best For Getting Creative
9. Etch-A-Sketch Classic
This is one of those retro toys that provides entertainment for hours and hours. Children use the two dials to create a picture and when finished, they simply shake it to take it back to a blank canvas.
- Price: £39.99
- Age: 4+
- Operated with 2 dialS
Best For Mini Artists
10. The Original Spirograph
Originally designed for mechanical engineers, the Spirograph makes it easy for kids to create beautifully intricate patterns in just a few moments. Once the outline of the design has been drawn, they can enjoy colouring it in to make a full-blown masterpiece.
- Price: £13.63
- Age: 8 +
- 30 piece set
- Easy to learn and use
- Design guide included
Best For Under 5s
11. Fisher Price Classics Cash Register Toy
This vintage toy shop cash register is ideal for roleplaying. Kids can pretend to be a shop clerk by ringing up items from a basket and asking their customers to pay for their goods. It is also a great way for children to explore currency and counting.
- Price: £23.99
- Age: 18 months+
- Includes coins
Best For Role Play
12. Learning Resources Pretend And Play Post Office
With this fold away Post Office front, children are free to let their imagination lead their play. They can roleplay shop scenarios where customers need to pay to send letters, sign licenses, check collection times, exchange currency and so much more.
- Price: £29.11
- Age: 3-7
- 167 piece set including stamps, money, postcards, open/closed sign and weighing scales
- Wipe clean materials
- Helps develop communication, literacy and numeracy skills
Best For Plastic Free Toys
13. Melissa & Doug Rainbow Stacker Classic Toy
If you like antique toys, this one isn't quite old enough but variations of it did start to appear on shop shelves in the '60s making it somewhat of a classic. It engages young children with the colourful rings that are designed to stack in size order and they are a great way to introduce colours, shape and counting.
- Price: £5.99
- Age: 18 months+
- 8 wooden pieces
Best For Learning To Walk
14. Early Learning Centre Wooden Toddle Truck
If you prefer old-fashioned toys over newer plastic alternatives then this wooden toddle truck might be one to add to your basket. It helps toddlers to balance and walk while they push it along and has blocks of different colours and shapes that children can use to build and count with.
- Price: £31.99
- Age: 1-6
- Comes with a collection of 24 blocks
- Has a sturdy handle and bar with wooden beads
Best For Car Lovers
15. My First Scalextric
For many, when they think of vintage toy cars Scalextric will spring to mind. This version, which is ideal for younger children, allows you to pay homage to the original version while two miniature cars are raced around the track. The track is easy to assemble into a figure of eight as it has colour coded lanes and each piece is simple to connect to one another. Once the racing is over, you only need a few moments to take it back apart for easy storage.
- Price: £39.99
- Age: 3+
- Mains powered
- Colour coded track pieces for easy assembly
Kidadl Best Buys selects the top parent-recommended products across the web for families of all ages. If you loved our list of retro toys, games and pastimes but want to shop around for more great toy ideas then our list of the best gender neutral toys might give you some more inspiration. If you're feeling nostalgic now and want to belt out some retro tunes with your kids then have a look at this list of the best kids' microphones to suit every budget to get your singalong started.
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