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Most Popular Toys This Christmas (8 - 14) With Kathryn Mc Kiernan

Thursday, 4 December 2008

With only 20 shopping days left till the big day Santa's little helpers could benefit from a few hints right now.

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.

Aoibhinn O'Sullivan (9) Cork
Alex Mac Mullan (10) Dublin
Emer Daly (10) Dublin
Kristina (8)and Stephanie(7) Hurley
Ian Jones (13)

Toy: Hannah Montana Interactive Dance Mat.
Includes a DVD featuring Hannah Montana songs and footage, a headset microphone and a Hannah Montana wig. TV, DVD player and stand not included.
Ages: 7+ Price:€21.99 Store: Smyths
Demonstrator: Aoibhinn O'Sullivan (9) Cork and Stephanie Hurley (7) Dublin

Toy: Marvin's Magic Lights From Anywhere.
Create light from anywhere. This amazing illusion trick lights up any situation. Make a mysterious red light appear from anywhere and make it jump from hand to hand, appearing or disappearing at will. Amaze and astound your friends and family with this superb piece of magic.
Ages: 4-7 (child's version) Price:€20 Store: Hamleys
Demonstrator: Alex Mac Mullan (10) Dublin

Toy: Nintendo DS Nintendogs Starter Pack Own,
train and play with your very own virtual puppy on your Nintendo DS. You can play with and pet your virtual puppy using the Nintendo DS touch-screen and even train it to respond to your voice commands.
Ages:3+ Price: €169.99 Store: Dunnes Stores
Demonstrator: Emer Daly (10) Dublin

Toy: MagNext iCoaster.
Build and rebuild the first magnetic roller coaster! Plug in your MP3 player, crank up the volume and watch the magnetic ball race and perform stunts round the track. Batteries required. MP3 Player Needed
Ages:8+ Price: €94.99 Store: Smyths
Demonstrator: Ian Jones (13) Dublin

Toy Alternative
Get your kids to take their ear phones out and join the family for an old fashioned family board game
Discovering Ireland A Strategic Game of Travel Around Ireland. Irish made board game that teaches history and geography. This classic was first launched 21 years ago.
Ages: 8+ Price: €22.99 Store Gosling Games

Book1:The Gift of the Magi, by O.Henry,
illustrated by P.J. Lynch. one of today's most revered illustrators. Based in Dublin, he is the winner of many awards including the Mother Goose Award, the Irish Bisto Award and the Kate Greenaway Medal, which he has won twice.
Age: 7+ Price: €12.99 Publisher: Walker Books
Demonstrator: Kristina Hurley (8) Dublin

Book2:The Power of Five: Necropolis: City of the Dead, by Anthony Horowitz.
Anthony Horowitz has become a cult favourite with young adult readers. In the latest installment Hong Kong has been taken over by the Old Ones and has become Necropolis, city of the dead. Once in, there is no way out... Evil has been unleashed on the world and only five children - with special powers - can save it. Matt and the other three desperately need to find Scar, the final gatekeeper, who has been trapped in Hong Kong.
Age: 12+ Price: €12.99 Publisher: Walker Books

Selection of eye-catching pop-up books on display:
. Inventions Pop-up models from the drawings of Leonardo da Vinci by Jaspre Bark and David Hawcock and David Lawrence, Walker Books

. Moon Landing by Richard Platt and David Hawcock, Walker Books

. Aifric an leabhar oifiguil leis an eolas ar fad ann by Dara Jauch, TnaG

Toys used in demonstration:
Hannah Montana Interactive Dance Mat, €21.99, Smyths. N.B.(Television and dvd player needed)
Marvin's Magic Lights from Anywhere, €20, Hamleys.
Nintendo D.S. Nintendogs Starter Pack, €169.99, Dunnes Stores.
MagNext iCoaster, €94.99, Smyths. (MP3 Player Needed)
Discovering Ireland a strategic game of travel around Ireland, €22.99,Gosling Games

The Gift of the Magi, by O. Henry, illustrated by P.J. Lynch, €12.99
Published by Walker Books.
The Power of Five: Necropolis: City of the Dead, by Anthony Horowitz, €12.99, 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.

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