Best for Science: Science Experiments Subscription Box, from $40 a month,Thinkasaur
Each delivery from this subscription-based service can entertain a child for several hours via DIY hands-on fun and learning about the science behind the experiments.
Best for Creativity: The Jewellery Designer, $59.80, Seedling at The Children’s Showcase
Kids can make their own beaded jewellery with the help of this make-and-bake clay set. Mum or dad will need to be there to help them pop it in the oven, but the creativity is all down to your tot. They can mix colours, create new shapes and add as many designs as
Best for Concentration: Dinosaurus T-Rex & Triceratops, $59.90, Bloco at Wonder Toys
This fun kit contains 200 foam pieces that children can slot together to create dinosaurs. They can follow the instructions to make a model T-Rex or triceratops, or use the pieces to put together a prehistoric pal of their own creation.
Best for Memory: Sardines Memory Card Game, $22.90, Djeco at The Better Toy Store
You have 10 seconds to observe the little sardines on the card, memorise them and find them from your own hand of five cards. It features 50 colourful cards and tests both observation and memory.
Best for Maths: Pirate Arithmetics, $49.90, Haba at The Better Toy Store
This is three games in one—players first need to race to find the treasure, then split the treasure, and finally, they have to try and remember how much treasure they have. To move forward on the board, players need to be accurate in adding up their scores. The quicker they are at doing their sums, the more chance they have of winning.
Best for Imaginative Play: 3D Color Box, $32, Mon Petit Art at Cuckoo
This two-in-one toy will help kids bring out their creative side. It features eight card templates that can be coloured in and then slotted together to create a mini stage set. When tots have finalised their stage design, they can then bring in other toys to act out stories.
Best for Teamwork: Tricours Skill Game, $59.90, Goki at The Better Toy Store
Players need to guide three coloured balls into their respective holes by working as a team. Each player holds one string and through a little push and pull, they can work together to guide the ball along its track and avoid the potholes.
Best for Fine Motor Skills: Double Loop Twister Track Set, $59.90, Artin at Camtec
This battery-operated two-level track features two 360-degree loops and two Porsche 911 racers. Players control the action with hand controllers—when they press the control gently, the car will move slowly and when they press it hard, it will speed up.
Best for Social Skills: Backgammon, $29.90, Djeco at The Better Toy Store
This traditional game has received a fun twist—it is now played in a jungle setting. As players throw the dice and move their monkey from tree to tree, they will learn about strategy and foresight. A great multi-generational game.
Best for Self-Esteem: Terra Kids Flying Dinosaur Assembly Kit, $69.90, Haba at The Better Toy Store
Dinosaur fans can create their own pterodactyl by gluing together this 82-piece kit. Once they have constructed their wood-and-fabric creation, they can pull the string to make its wings flap or hang it from the ceiling to show off their handiwork.
Best for Communication: Flunkerkönig, $18.90, Haba at The Better Toy Store
Based on a royal court made up of animals, players win this card game by having more courtiers on their card or a higher-ranking member of the royal family. You reveal who you have on the card by making the noise of that animal. Want to bluff? Then you can add an extra “oink” or “woof.” It’s up to the other players to work out if you’re telling the truth.
Best for Agility: Speed Stacks Sets, $34, Speed Stacks
Achieve a predetermined stack sequence against the clock. It promotes dexterity, hand-eye coordination and teaches children the importance of staying calm under pressure.
Best for Craft Skills: Japanese Garden Silk Scarf Painting Workshop, $49.90, Djeco at The Better Toy Store
Mini fashionistas can create their own silk scarf using this kit. The box acts as a frame to hold the scarf tight while your child paints within the lines of the illustrated area.