By Rob Keetch, Retail Manager

Every year, we get asked what the latest kids’ craze is; what toys are also educational, and what can people get that won’t break the bank?

To help out, I have put together a list of 10 toys and gifts that are all £10 or under, guaranteed to bring a smile to a face on Christmas day.

1. Dinosaur Torch Projector

Dinosaurs never go out of fashion with children! This projects 24 different images, compiled by the National History Museum, up to one metre wide. £6.50

2. Desktop Solar System

This rotating, detailed planetarium has been one of our best-selling items this year. Great for anyone interested in space, this educational toy extends up to 34cm wide. £8.95

3. Ultra Fast Speedy Cubes

An established favourite since Mr. Rubik introduced his cube in the 70’s. This set of two cubes have the newest technology allowing for even faster spinning! £5.95

4. Doctor Who Mug

Celebrating television’s favourite time traveller in her newest incarnation. This ceramic mug is a must for any Whovian! £7.95

5. Weird Science Slime Kits

Slime has never been more popular! This way your child can learn how the goo is made, and the science behind it, whilst enjoying the end result to play with. There are two options available: Neon bright or Monster! £7.25

6. Magic Tricks

Perfect little stocking fillers, a selection of 6 different tricks for your little ones to amaze and stun from the classic egg & scarf trick to ‘sword through glass’, all help with dexterity and encourages a bit of showing off! £1.50

7. World’s Smallest Laser Guns

Anything that makes noise and flashes lights is going to be popular with kids of all ages! With 8 different ‘laser’ sounds, these are perfect for playtime on rainy days and small enough to take away on days out. £6

8. Fossil Collection

Perfect for your budding archaeologist or for collectors. There are 15 different fossils with a guide explaining the origins of each, with a magnifier glass to allow for deep inspection. £10

9. Kinetic Pendulum

A fun, colourful perpetual motion sculpture. A simple and brilliant way to learn about physics, magnets and balance without even realising it. £9.95

10. Nadolig Prysur/Busy Christmas

A new Bilingual festive storybook, its a great way to learn, and practice, Welsh. With interactive push, pull and turn elements this has proven to be an early best seller with all the charm anyone would want for the festive period. It’s my favourite of all the ten! £4.99

Pop into the Techniquest gift shop to discover all these gifts, cuddly toys, stocking fillers, puzzles and so much more, and support your local STEM charity at the same time!

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