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Most Popular Toys This Christmas (0 - 7)

Wednesday, 3 December 2008

This is the first of two items looking at the most popular toys this Christmas. Today Kathryn Mc Kiernan will be joined in studio by boys and girls aged 0 - 7.

Kathryn Mc Kiernan has been presenting THE DEN for over three years now. Currently presenting the daily show KAZOO, additional on-screen credits include 'SATTITUDE'; 'THE CLUB'; 'THE LOFT'; 'CLASSIC JAM'. She has just finished presenting the new music series for young people 'JAM THE MUSICAL' over mid-term break.
An actress, musician and singer, Kathryn has just completed her final year studying Journalism & Visual Media.

. Meadbh O'Sullivan (4) Cork
. Roisin O'Sullivan (7) Cork
. Oisin O'Sullivan (4) Dundalk
. Sid Love (3) Dublin

All toys featured will be donated to Barnardos. Barnardos supports children whose well-being is under threat, by working with them, their families and communities and by campaigning for the rights of children. Barnardos was established in Ireland in 1962 and is Ireland's leading independent children's charity.

1. Toy: In the Night Garden Blanket time Iggle piggle
This 'In the Night Garden' figure is based on children's favourite character from the smash-hit CBeebies programme. Winner of BTHA Toy of the Year Award 2007. Blanket Time Iggle piggle loves his blanket! Features 4 games including Hide and Seek, Who's There, Dance along with Iggle piggle and help Iggle piggle find his blanket. Features sounds and speech from the TV series. Requires 4 x AA batteries (included).
Ages:18mnths+ Price:€44.99 Store: Argos

2. Toy: Disney Princess Role Play Tent
Disney is as popular as ever with this instant castle perfect for your little Princess. The tent boasts quick and easy pop up assembly with support rods and is suitable for indoor and outdoor use, which makes it perfect for role play and adventure. Size (H)140, (W)78, (D)150cm
Ages: 2 + Price: €29.99 Store: Argos
Demonstrator: Meadbh O'Sullivan (4 ) Cork (Meadbh will be wearing a Disney Princess Red Belle Dress-up Costume supplied by Smyths. €15.99)

3. Toy: V-tech WALL.E Learning Laptop
Based on the popular character from the smash hit Disney movie this WALL.E laptop teaches letters, maps, words and logic
Ages: 4+ Price:€39.99 Store: V-tech (stocked toy shops nationwide)
Demonstrator: Oisin O'Sullivan (4) Dundalk

4. Toy: High School Musical Sing Together Dolls
- Whether your favourite is Troy, Gabriella or Sharpay each of these dolls sings their very own song from the movie and comes complete with a microphone for you! You can take turns singing along because when you stop, your doll will pick up where you left off!
Ages: 5+ Price: €21.59 Store: Smyths
Demonstrator: Roisin O'Sullivan (7) Cork

5. Toy: Tomy Rainbow AquaDraw
- Create and learn with the AquaDraw Mat. Simply fill the pen with water and let little hands design their own masterpieces. As you draw a line Thomas magically follows it playing his own theme tune. No mess, no fuss and impossible to go out of the lines. Because the mat is sensitive to water you can put hand prints, foot prints, anything onto it, just by adding water. Ideal for very young children taking their first creative steps. Scenes magically fade so pictures can be created again and again. Features roller-pen for free style drawing.
Ages: 0-3 Price: €33 Store: Hamleys
Demonstrator: Sid Love (3) Dublin

6. Book: Cinderalla, Retold by Max Eilenberg,
illustrated by Niamh Sharkey. Niamh is from Dublin and was the winner of the prestigious Books for Children Mother Goose Award for best new illustrator. She is also the winner of the 1999 Bisto Award, the Irish award for best illustrator.
Age:3+ Price €11.99 Publisher: Walker Books
Toys used in demonstration:
1.)In the Night Garden Blankettime Iggle Piggle, €44.99, Argos.
2.)Disney Princess Role Play Tent, €29.99, Argos.
(Disney Princess Red Belle Dress-up Costume, €15.99, Smyths.)
3.)V-tech WALL.E Learning Laptop, €39.99, V-tech.
4.)High School Musical Sing Together Dolls, €21.59, Smyths.
5.)Rainbow AquaDraw, €33, Hamleys.
Cinderella, Retold by Max Eilenberg, Illustrated by Niamh Sharkey, €11.99,Published by Walker Books.

Toys used in display:

Smartville Alphabet Train Station, €39.99, Smyths.
Elmo Live!, €69.99, Smyths.
12" Dora Bike, €74.99, Smyths.
Rocker Black and Fire Bike, €199.99, Smyths.
Fur Real Biscuit My Lovin' Pup, €169.99, Smyths.
Electronic Kitchen, €49.99, Smyths.
12V Cat Dumper, €449.99, Smyths.

Fun Pool Convertible, €12.49, Argos.
Little Princess Giant Plush with Gilbert Beanie, €36.99, Argos.

(available in all leading toy shops)
V-tech Kiddie Zoom Camera, €69.99, V-tech.
V-tech Child's First Talking Clock, €19.99, V-tech.
V-tech Mix it up baby and sing-along too musical DJ Junior, €29.99, V-tech.

Dunnes Stores (N.B. all prices quoted during Dunnes Stores half price toy sale starting Nov 29th while stocks last)
Rock n' Roll Pals 2 in 1 Ride on, €30, Dunnes Stores.
My First W. T. Pooh Choo Choo Train, €35, Dunnes Stores.
4' Air Hockey Table, €60, Dunnes Stores.
Soft Expressions Large Snuggly and Cuddly Bear, €12.50, Dunnes Stores.
B-Smart Barbie Learning Laptop, €40, Dunnes Stores.
Star Wars Clone Trooper Laptop, €35, Dunnes Stores.
Sound Beginnings Groove and Go Band Wagon, €30, Dunnes Stores.

Large Tiger, €393.00, Hamleys
Biscuit the Dog,€299.00, Hamleys
Large Harry Bear, €200.00, Hamleys
Limited Edition Hamleys Christmas Bear, €54.00, Hamleys
Hamleys Christmas Bear Nicholas, €27.00, Hamleys
Play mat Gym, €64.00, Hamleys
Rocking Horse, €93.00, Hamleys
Truck, €18, Hamleys
Baby Born Doll, €47.00, Hamleys

Walker Books
From a selection at

Gosling Games
(available in all leading toy shops)
Discovering Ireland, €22.99, Gosling Games
Discovering Europe, €22.99, Gosling Games
Antics, €22.99, Gosling Games
Celtic Art Memory Game, €9.99, Gosling Games
The Puzzle Cube, €10.99, Gosling Games